“I was blown away,” Hudson recalled when I lost the role after a “tough” audition process.
Kate Hudson has learned to say whatever it takes when it comes to musical roles.
The “Onion” star recalled losing the lead role of Satine in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 “Moulin Rouge!” in the musical epic. Hudson, then 22, received an Oscar nomination last year for “Almost Famous,” but the role eventually went to 34-year-old Nicole Kidman.
“I really wanted that part, and I think it was written for a 19-year-old girl at the time,” Hudson said.The world’s first podcast” (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Then what happened was I was at the audition and then Nicole (Kidman) had a relationship with Baz and she wanted to do it. And so of course it was like, “I think Nicole Kidman is doing it.”
Hudson recalled the “hard” audition process that made her “so in love” with visionary writer-director Luhrmann.
“It’s so amazing. And energetically, I felt very connected to the way he does things,” Hudson said. “So I was stuck. Of course I totally got it because it’s Nicole. It couldn’t be more… I really wanted this part.”
The ‘How to Lose a Boyfriend in 10 Days’ star added: ‘I try not to think about things like that. You know that “Oh, one decision can change the trajectory of your life?” I never want to think about that.”
“Moulin Rouge!” received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Actress for Kidman. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.
Luhrmann previously told IndieWire that even Moulin Rouge was hard to get! financed before casting.
“I think the big reality is that when I started with ‘Moulin Rouge!’ And even if “Moulin Rouge!” he came out, we had to fight tooth and nail to make sure he didn’t get smacked to death like a baby seal,” said the “Elvis” author. “Nobody asks the question, ‘Should we bother with a musical?'” Most financiers and studios say, “Where is it my musical? Yeah, yeah, sci-fi is fine, but I really need a musical.”
Of course, Hudson isn’t the only blonde bombshell to miss out on a famous musical production. Amanda Seyfried has recalled how “devastating” it was that Glinda the Good Witch was not included in the upcoming two-parter “Wicked.”
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