Shelton native realizes dream in ‘Being the Ricardos’

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SHELTON — A dream became a reality for one former city resident.

Josh Bednarsky, an actor, singer and dancer who was raised in Shelton, has been on the silver screen, working alongside Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as part of the cast in Amazon Prime’s star-studded film, “Being the Ricardos.”

“Being the Ricardos” is a major motion picture about the cast of legendary American television sitcom “I Love Lucy,” and its cast behind the scenes, highlighting the late Lucille Ball’s meticulous approach to show business.

Originally released on Dec. 10, “Being the Ricardos” is available for streaming, via Amazon Prime.

In addition to Kidman and Bardem, J.K. Simmons, Tony Hale, Nina Arianda, and Alia Shawkat, are also part of the main cast.

Bednarsky, who plays Bill, a production assistant on the film’s recreated set of “I Love Lucy,” got his start in Shelton as the star of several Youth CONNection and Shelton High School Drama Club productions, such as “The Who’s Tommy,” “Les Misérables,” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Bednarsky, a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, moved from New York City to Los Angeles.

In 2013, alongside wife Bree Sanborn, he directed “Crowned,” a web series about the life of an aspiring actress in Hollywood who pays the bills by dressing up as popular princess characters for birthday parties throughout Southern California.

Sanborn starred in the film and co-wrote and co-produced the series with Bednarsky.