If there is a film based on real Hollywood stars and Nina Arianda is in the cast, you can bank on her being just dynamite in it. After stealing the show in Stan & Ollie a few years back, it should come as no surprise that she’s absolutely aces in Aaron Sorkin‘s Being the Ricardos. Getting to play Vivian Vance, who portrayed Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy, is a terrific opportunity for Arianda to shine, and she more than makes the most of it. So, when the press day for the film was arriving, I knew I had to speak with her. Luckily, that was arranged. Today, we present that chat to you all.
In my rave review of the flick, I had this to say about the cast:
The cast may not look exactly like their real life counterparts, but this quartet deliver four of the year’s best performances. Anyone who doubted Nicole Kidman and her ability to ace the role should have remembered just how talented she is. Kidman never does an impression, instead just finding the dramatically compelling character within. For my money, it’s her best performance to date. She’s note-perfect. So too are Nina Arianda and J.K. Simmons, who have pivotal interactions with Kidman throughout. Javier Bardem is terrific too, playing into how people at the time perceived a Cuban man. He’s charming and funny, but has some dynamite scenes with Kidman. The four are legitimately all fasntastic here.
Below, you can see my conversation with Arianda. I was eager to hear about how she got the role, as well as how she prepared for it, considering how great she is in the movie. We talk about reciting Sorkin’s dialogue, her scenes with Nicole Kidman and J.K. Simmons, as well as plenty more. She’s very down to Earth and easy to talk to, so that made this discussion even easier. When you see Being the Ricardos, which is out now in theaters (and on Prime Video next week), you’ll be blown away by her. Look out for my interview with Sorkin himself later on in the week, but today, have fun with this one…
Here now is my interview with Being the Ricardos co-star Nina Arianda. Enjoy:
Being the Ricardos is in theaters now and on Prime Video next week!