You could call it typecasting: In “Nine,” which opened Friday, Nicole Kidman plays Claudia, a glamorous movie star and the muse of celebrated Italian director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis).
As Guido beseeches Claudia to star in his next movie, he describes the role and she replies, “I would rather play the man.”
Kidman likes the line’s bald truth.
“Most of the time the roles are better for men,” she said at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, adding that Claudia’s relationship with Guido allows her leeway.
“Even though she’s his actress, she knows him in a way where she can speak the truth to him as well. And she’s not frightened to do that.”
Though “Nine” takes place in the 1960s, do men still have better roles in Hollywood?
“Yeah, a lot of the times. But I think it was ‘Wanted’ where that was originally a man’s role and they rewrote it and made it for Angelina (Jolie). So I think that sometimes that can be great. I wish they’d do that more often.”
The 42-year-old actress says there were no divas on the set of “Nine.”
“It’s interesting being around this cast,” she said of the A-list ensemble, “because people ask us about the egos. I think when you’re working, the egos are not a part of it. If you love what you do, you’re just so glad to be around other people that love what they do.”
Kidman remembered her first day on set. “I saw Kate (Hudson) dancing up a storm. And I went, ‘Wow that’s amazing! I can’t wait for people to see that part of her.’ That’s what you need to be around to do good work - because it’s contagious. It’s also inspiring.”