When it comes to appointing musical roles, Kate Hudson has learned to say come what may.
The actor of "Glass Onion" recalls losing out on the lead role of Satine in Baz Luhrmann's 2001 musical epic "Moulin Rouge!" Hudson, then 22, received an Oscar nomination for "Almost Famous" the year before, but the part went to 34-year-old Nicole Kidman.
Hudson said during a segment on "The World's First" (via The Hollywood Reporter): "I really wanted that part," she said. "What happened was I was sort of in the audition process and then Nicole [Kidman] had a relationship with Baz and wanted to do it."
Hudson recalled the "hardcore" audition process that resulted in her becoming "so in love" with pioneering writer-director Luhrmann.
Hudson said. "I just felt very connected to his way of doing things," he added. "I was so upset. Of course, I totally understood it, because it's Nicole."
"I try not to think of things like that," the star of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." I don't want to think of it that way. You know how one decision could alter your trajectory in your life.
"Moulin Rouge!" won eight Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress nomination for Kidman. The film also won two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.
Before casting, Luhrmann told IndieWire that it was difficult to get "Moulin Rouge!" funded.
"I think the big truth is, when I first started out with 'Moulin Rouge!,' I must have heard it so many times. We had to fight tooth and nail to make sure it wasn't shot to death like a baby seal," the author of "Elvis" said. "There's no longer a question in anyone's mind about whether or not they should make a musical."
In the next two-part film "Wicked," Hudson isn't the only blonde bombshell to miss out on being cast. Amanda Seyfried recalled how "devastating" it was to not land Glinda the Good Witch.