HBO’s Big Little Lies was raw, stark, and powerful. Every woman watching the show had something to relate to and it was unapologetic in showing the inside view of what can go on behind the scenes of a seemingly “perfect” couple. Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard did fantastic jobs in their roles and we all cried in joy when [spoilers] Skarsgard’s abusive Perry Wright was finally taken down. While it seemed like the first season of Liane Moriarty’s live adaptation of her book could have stood on its own as a one season miniseries, we are getting a second season that will deal with the aftermath of season one’s end and I hope to delve deeper into the novel.
Nicole Kidman commented on the idea that some people have that a second season wasn’t needed:
“The situation originally, it was that one go-around and I remember Reese [Witherspoon] and I both going, ‘Well, that’s that. Gosh, it was great,’ and then by popular demand we had to address whether we wanted to do it again.”
“I had a lot of people say to me, ‘No no no, that’s it. You did only one. It was fantastic as one season.’ And a friend of mine, a male, said, ‘Those women deserve their stories to be told beyond what was just that first season’. I was so touched by that and I went, ‘Yeah, that’s what we’ve actually got to fight for now.’ We don’t have to just be shut down and told, ‘No, that was good and you did well and off you go.’ Now, you actually get to go and explore them on a deeper level and see the consequences and see their lives unfold in a much deeper way,” Kidman said, “and that’s what was so exciting for me.”
At a panel that had Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep joining it, Streep (who will play Perry’s mother) expressed:
“This is an ensemble of very complicated, very flawed, hysterically funny, but tragic women. For a long time in movies and television, women would be singular in a story and they would represent something — a love interest, the complications of individual women — and I think part of the appetite of the second season of this had to do with the fact that we were seeing people who were not emblematic.”
Kidman’s hope for season two is to keep the conversation going:
“It will be controversial. There hopefully will be discussion and it will create more and more and more awareness and discussion and hopefully change.”
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