MiNDFOOD sat down with the stars of Bombshell to learn what it took to create the film based upon several women Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.
Bombshell tells the story of Ailes’s downfall through the experiences of three women: the whistle-blower, Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman); the increasingly outspoken anchor, Megyn Kelly (played by Charlize Theron); and a true believer composite character named Kayla (played by Margot Robbie), who aims to scale the corporate ladder. The film is based on real events that transpired in the summer of 2016, when Carlson sued Ailes (played by John Lithgow) for sexual harassment and unleashed an avalanche of similar complaints.
Theron, who also produced the film, opened up about the struggles of producing the film after it lost it’s funding before they had even started filming. “I’m just stubborn,” she says, and how the power of the other actors helped who carried the film through the tough times.
Kidman “gets on her soapbox” and shares how important women are in her life and why it was important to make this movie. “I’m thrilled I can bring what I’ve learnt… having navigated female friendships.”
As for Robbie, for her, it was important to give a voice to people who have never been heard, her character didn’t have the security. “Speaking out for her was incredibly difficult,” the actress said.