Nicole Kidman opened up to ET’s Kevin Frazier about the flattering way director James Wan convinced her to join the cast of the upcoming movie, Aquaman.
“It’s so funny because James said to me, ‘I so want you to do this,'” Kidman told ET during the Warner Bros. and DC press line at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. “And he said, ‘I’ll prove to you that I’ve always wanted you to do this. In all of my renderings, I drew you. So what’re you going to say?'”
Wan used Kidman’s face in the movie’s concept art of Queen Atlanna because he really wanted her for the role. The 51-year-old Australian actress couldn’t help but accept the part of playing the Atlantean matriarch.
During the Hall H panel at Comic-Con, she also joked about her stunts in the film. “My opening shot in the film is being washed up on a rock, and I got to lie there with massive waves washing over me,” she said. “And I kept thinking, ‘Come on, James! Give it to me! The bigger the better! This is why I’m doing this movie!’”
The Oscar winner also said that it’s her very first appearance at the Comic-Con which has been pretty “amazing.” But her time at the convention will be short as she has to return to the set of Big Little Lies.
“I have to be at work tomorrow. I have to do a rehearsal and then I have to be back on the set of Big Little Lies on Monday,” she said. “And being the professional that I am, I [have] to leave this afternoon so that I can prep.”
Aquaman hits theaters on Dec. 21.