Actress Gina Gershon was reluctant to portray Donatella Versace onscreen in new TV movie House Of Versace because she feared the fashion designer would be turned into a "flamboyant caricature".
The Bound star admits she didn't like the sound of the project when her agents first raised the topic with her, but she was quickly won over after becoming hooked on the script, which chronicles Donatella's efforts to keep the family's fashion empire alive following the death of her brother Gianni in 1997.
She tells U.S. talk show host Katie Couric, "I think because I hadn't read it (the script) yet, and they said, 'Oh, you've been offered Donatella', and I was like, 'There's no way I'm touching that', just because I think, when we think of Donatella, you think, 'Oh, she's so flamboyant, she's a bit of a caricature', but then I read the script and I just thought, it's really a family drama at the end of the day and I found it so compelling, her story, I almost wish it hadn't been her. I was like, 'I'll play this no matter what', because I love the rise and fall and rise..."
The TV film is based on Deborah Ball's book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival and will premiere on America's Lifetime channel on 5 October (13).