The female-centric HBO miniseries Big Little Lies had lots of viewers globally glued to their television sets when it commenced airing this February. Apart from an all-star female cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz, and Laura Dern, the program delved into deep issues women face today.
At the forefront of the made-for-television project are Nicole and Reese, who have been active proponents of projects that honored womanhood. The show left no stone unturned, engaging viewers not only for the witty dialogues and barbed humor but also the suspense-filled storyline that tackles a wide gamut of issues and stress faced by women – handling children, adultery, sexual assault, and so on.
The main cast members expressed huge respect and admiration for each other. “These women are trailblazers,” Shailene, 25, said of her veteran co-stars Nicole and Reese. Nicole, for her part, noted how a young and popular actress like Shailene is “politically engaged” and “very, very responsible,” adding that when she and Reese were growing up, they were not as empowered.
Interestingly, the sisterhood evident among the main characters is also depicted in the miniseries, which becomes evident during the intense situations they were facing. Nicole, in particular, was noted for her tour de force performance as stay-at-home mother Celeste Wright. She expressed in interviews that she had been so immersed in her role in the miniseries as the vulnerable trophy wife that she had to shake off all the negative emotions when at home.
True to the Essence of the Book
Based on a book with the same title by Australian author Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies has juicy plot twists to engage television audiences. The creative team ensured that the miniseries remained true to the essence of the book.
The actors joining the talented female cast are Alexander Skarsgård and Adam Scott. The miniseries is under the directorial helm of Jean-Marc Vallée, who has successfully underscored the isolation felt by key characters, like the mother who feels her children drifting away from her, as ably portrayed by Reese Witherspoon.
While the veteran actresses evidently shine in the HBO miniseries, Divergent actress Shailene Woodley holds her own as Jane, a plain single mother of a son charged with hurting another kid. Her character exhibits how deftly she can compartmentalize the darkness in her life to keep moving forward, bringing both grit and loneliness to her part.