For many who were unsure they wanted a second season of what was originally supposed to be a limited series, the announcement that Meryl Streep was joining the season two cast of Big Little Lies changed a lot of minds, and it turns out she loved the first season just as much as we did.
“I loved this show,” Streep told reporters during the HBO portion of the TV Critics’ Association press tour. “I was addicted to it. I thought it was an amazing exercise in what we know and what we don’t know about people, about family, about friends, how it flirted with the mystery of things, what was unsaid, unshown, unknown, was sort of the pull, the gravitational pull of the piece, and it was so exciting, so when I got the chance to join the crew, I thought yeah. I wanted to do it, to be in that world. The world that was created was amazing.”
Streep was joined by stars Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, along with EP David E. Kelley on stage for the panel, and an important question they all had to answer was why there was a season two at all, when it was originally billed as a one season deal.
Kelley explained that the end of season one “didn’t really close the chapter.”
“It ended on a very open note of what’s going to happen next. Will the lie have a life? What will it do to the equation of these friendships, the relationships, the marriage…” he said. “Everybody up here can get jobs. We didn’t want to do this unless we could at least have a fair shot of living up to the bar that we felt we had all set in year one.”
“You love me,” Kidman said.
“I do, actually,” Streep agreed. “And I do love her, that’s the truth. That’s the only thing I’ll tell you.”
As for whether there might be more Big Little Lies, don’t count on it. Kelley says there is “no such plan now” for a season three.
“We like where our closure is at the end of season two, so that will probably be it.”
“That’s what you said last time,” Kidman pointed out.
Very true, Nicole Kidman.
Big Little Lies will return in June on HBO. Stay tuned for more season two updates from TCA 2019.