One of the most talked about series of 2017, “Big Little Lies” is coming back for a second season on June 9 and it’s safe to say fans cannot wait for its return to the small screen.
While speaking about the new season at a panel at The Wing in New York City on Wednesday, star Nicole Kidman revealed that she was so happy she was able to work with her co-stars Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon again, since “Big Little Lies” was originally intended as a one-and-done limited series adapting Liane Moriarty’s novel until the show’s monumental success led HBO to change course and order a second season.
“The situation originally, it was that one go-around and I remember Reese 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,” Kidman detailed.
Although there was a big debate regarding the return of the drama series, one of Kidman’s close friends shared some insight that made her realize the value of a second season.
“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,’” the 51-year-old continued. “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.’”
Added Kidman: “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. And that’s what was so exciting for me.”
On “Big Little Lies”, Kidman plays Celeste, a victim of domestic violence who is regularly abused by her husband, Perry, portrayed by Alexander Skarsgard. At the culmination of season one, however, Bonnie fatally shoved Perry down a flight of stairs while all of the other Monterey mothers looked on.
The second season of the series centres around the aftermath, and introduces Meryl Streep’s character Mary Louise, Perry’s mother, who shows up in town intent to discover the truth behind her son’s murder.
“This is an ensemble of very complicated, very flawed, hysterically funny, but tragic women,” Streep said during the panel. “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.”
The second season of “Big Little Lies” premieres Sunday, June 9.