Nicola Coughlan shares emotional story of landing Barbie role

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Nicola Coughlan has had the most incredible career trajectory…ever.

From Derry Girls to Bridgerton to the big screen.

Yes, she will be starring in Barbie, the most talked about movie of the year.

Now Nicola has opened up about the process of getting her role in the film, including her auditioning whilst she was on holiday.


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“I auditioned for Barbie back in January 22 when I was on holiday with friends, I’d packed one random hot pink dress I hadn’t worn at all and when I had to make my audition tape I thought- this is fate, I have a dress in Barbie Pink!” she explained.

“I have been obsessed with Greta since Frances Ha, that movie (and all her movies since) have made such a huge impact on me and the prospect of working with her was something I couldn’t even have imagined.

“When I found out she wanted to have me be part of @barbiethemovie, and then that I probably wouldn’t be able to make it work because of my schedule I was firstly elated and quickly heartbroken.

“So when I was asked if I wanted to pop into Barbieland even briefly my answer was an immediate, and very emphatic yes.”


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She went on to speak about how “joyful” the Barbie film is as she got to watch it for the first time on Wednesday night.

“I don’t have the words to describe this movie, when I wasn’t beaming at the screen with how joyful it made me, or laughing so hard at Ryan Gosling (immediate Oscar TBH) it made me cry unexpected tears.

“Greta and Noah have written the most beautiful, hilarious script and Margot has made it come to life- not only as the perfect Barbie but as an incredible producer.

“It’s just the most special thing I’ve seen in a long, long, long time and I can’t wait to watch it again.”

Barbie hits cinemas on July 21st and you find out all about Nicla’s red carpet look here.

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