Oscar bait Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard and Fergie join screen veterans Dame Judi Dench and Sophia Loren in the highly anticipated musical 'Nine' from 'Chicago' director Rob Marshall. Our own Mary Hart gets the details on how they bonded on the set and their stage transformation!
"I auditioned for different [roles for the film], and I would have been happy with any of the characters; I just really wanted to be part of this movie," says Penelope. "I really love dance and I really love music, but I have never been able to sing professionally in any way before this movie -- only in my karaoke at home. I am very shy about singing."
"It was fascinating to be able to dance and sing and learn and play with all of these women and really get to know them," says Nicole. "That just doesn't happen often, and I think we're really tight because of it."
"It was like a family," agrees screen legend Sophia. "We were eating together, and we were trying to root for each other because I don't think that any of [the ladies had experience] in musicals. … So I knew that we were going to get along very well together, and we did."
Based on the Tony Award-winning 1982 Broadway production, 'Nine' follows the life of a world-famous Italian director (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) as he struggles with creative and personal issues while balancing the numerous women in his life, including his wife (Cotillard), his mistress (Cruz), his film star muse (Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Dench), an American fashion journalist (Hudson), the prostitute from his youth (Fergie) and his mother (Loren).
"I think it's a very special movie," says Marion. "It's a movie about art, love, cinema, entertainment -- and it's also a movie about how you can lose yourself if you don't live your real life."
Watch ET for more with the ladies of 'Nine,' in theaters Christmas Day!