Bombshell, in cinemas now, tells the story of Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman) and her suit against her boss Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) for sexual harassment. While Margot Robbie’s character of Kayla Pospisil is a fictional character that is an amalgamation of a number of women who worked at Fox News, as is Kate McKinnon’s producer character, many of the movie’s other characters are based on real employees of the news site, including famous faces like Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron).
Megyn Kelly—Charlize Theron
As may not surprise fans who have seen her transformation into Aileen Wuornos for Monster, Charlize Theron disappears into the role of former Fox anchor Megyn Kelly. Speaking to CNN, Theron said of her transformation: “I went through a lot of her Kelly File stuff, I spent a lot of time watching that and trying to get in her head while she was doing that show.”
Gretchen Carlson—Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman dons another of her trademark wigs to become Gretchen Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former boss Roger Ailes. Speaking to USA Today about being played by the Oscar-winning actress, as well as Naomi Watts in Showtime series The Loudest Voice, Carlson said: “Let me also say, the idea that Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman are playing me—that’s surreal on its face.”