Fans aren’t the only ones who are excited about Meryl Streep joining “Big Little Lies” in season 2.
On Monday’s episode of “The Tonight Show”, Reese Witherspoon reveals she and co-star Nicole Kidman were “screaming” when they found out Streep was eager to join the cast.
“Nicole and I sent her the script, then we sent her an email and she called us the day of the Golden Globes and was like, ‘I know your show is really struggling’ — which it was — ‘So I’ve decided to join and make it even better,’ and we were like, ‘What?!’ We were screaming and hugging ourselves,” Witherspoon tells Jimmy Fallon.
Streep is filling the role of Mary Louise Wright, mother-in-law to Kidman’s character, Celeste Wright. The part marks Streep’s first television role since 2004’s HBO miniseries “Angels In America”, which won the actress an Emmy.
Not much has been revealed about the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning drama’s second season, but it will pick up with Mary Louise’s arrival in Monterey out of concern for the well-being of her grandchildren, following the death of her son.
During her appearance on the late-night talk show, Witherspoon reveals she gets to throw an ice cream cone at Streep.
“It is true that I threw an ice cream cone at Meryl Streep,” she laughs. “I really hucked it at her, y’all. And I nailed it.”
Witherspoon also played a game of “Lip Sync Charades” with her “Big Little Lies” co-star Zoe Kravitz, and her dad Lenny Kravitz.