Here Is Why Nicole Kidman Defending ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2

HBO’s high profile limited series Big Little Lies is returning again on June 9 with a much-awaited but already scrutinized Season 2, with a cherry on top of the cake: Meryl Streep, who will be playing the mother of Nicole Kidman’s disgraced and now dead husband, Perry Wright, played by Alexander Skarsgard.

Despite being overly star-studded, the series received praise from both critics and audiences alike, dominating the awards season in 2017, with big Emmy win for Outstanding Limited Series and other major ones from Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, and Laura Dern, while Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley also received nominations.

Despite all the critical scores, there has been some tension regarding the show’s return for a second season. During a live panel at The Wing in NYC, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep chatted with fans. When asked about how this season came about and whether Big Little Lies should’ve been a stand-alone season, Kidman responded, “originally, it was that one go-around and I remember Reese and I both going, ‘Well, that’s that.’ Then by popular demand, we had to address whether we wanted to do it again.”

She also revealed that a friend had encouraged her to make the move for the second season and stated, “A friend of mine said, “Those women deserve their stories to be told beyond what was just that first season.”

So considering HBO’s other popular show with complex plots —Game of Thrones burned down a lead female story to ashes— we should all be grateful that we’re getting a second round of femme games in the cryptic crowd of Monterey.

Before ending the talk, Kidman acknowledged that “it will be controversial,” but ended on a hopeful note, saying “There hopefully will be discussion and it will create more . . . awareness and discussion and hopefully change.” Big Little Lies and its critical portrayals of domestic violence has been received with awe. Only time will tell how Meryl Streep’s character as the mother of an abuser will change the show, and whether Big Little Lies will still carry the weight of the conversation it started in its first successful season.

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