Those crafty ladies of Monterey, California may be back for another go. That is the word from Nicole Kidman, who plays physically and psychologically abused Celeste on the hit HBO show Big Little Lies, which final episode aired Sunday.
In a conversation with TV Line, the 49-year-old Australian actress – a producer on the limited series and a co-star alongside fellow lead and producer Reese Witherspoon – intimated that she would be up for a second season, as would Reese, who has said that there are conversations to get a season two in motion.
Meanwhile, Liane Moriarty, author of the 2014 source novel, recently revealed that she has ideas about what a second season could be.
One more time: Nicole Kidman had so much fun starring on and co-producing the limited series Big Little Lies, she said that she was open to doing a second season if the other talents involved were game. Pictured Sunday at ACM Awards in Las Vegas
Nicole really enjoyed making her abused character relatable ‘because so many women are in this situation, and I wanted there to be compassion for her, rather than judgment and anger. She’s doing that to herself, because she’s the type of person to hold it all in anyway.’
Tom Cruise’s ex-wife added that there was ‘a strong connection’ between all five of the lead actresses and a strong drive to get the series made. ‘…All of us, I think, feel so connected to it. And that it’s had an impact, that it’s penetrated the very, very dense world of television… there are so many shows! But I love that people are responding to it. I love the emotional attachment to it. It’s very rare.’
As co-producer on the show, Nicole shared that Big Little Lies represented ‘Reese and I going, “We want to make a series that celebrates women, not that brings us down.” And if you see the whole series, that’s what you see, ultimately. It’s about the friendships… no matter what has happened and the paths that have led us to where we are, when it really becomes important, we reach out for each other.’
Secrets and ‘Lies’: Nicole with co-stars Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the hit series
For Nicole, Big Little Lies was her first time playing in a weekly TV series —an experience she truly enjoyed.
‘I just love being in people’s lives every week,’ she said. ‘I find that very, very stimulating. I’m just amazed at the way people must watch things. Because they re-watch it, and they seem to really notice detail. Far more than film. They can press rewind!’
Nicole continued how the series came about because there was ‘a strong connection’ between all five of the lead actresses and a drive to get the novel adaptation made. ‘…All of us, I think, feel so connected to it,’ she said.
Her best as Celeste: As a battered wife, Nicole tried hard to make her character relatable and sympathetic
‘And that it’s had an impact, that it’s penetrated the very, very dense world of television…,’ she added. ‘There are so many shows! But I love that people are responding to it. I love the emotional attachment to it. It’s very rare.’
Nicole, who in real life has been married to Keith Urban for 11 years, said that her country singer husband was ‘really part of my barometer’ in gauging how Big Little Lies played to viewers.
‘And he was like, “This thing is so addictive,”‘ she recalled him saying. ‘I said, “Really?” He said, “Oh, you have no idea. I’m, like, salivating for the next episode. When do we get it? When do we get it?” And he doesn’t normally say that! He said, “No, no, men will love this show. They’ve just got to somehow find out about it.”’
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Nicole credited Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of the entire Big Little Lies run, with devising the final episode’s death sequence of a major character.
‘That was all Jean-Marc,’ she said. ‘He had it all in his head. When we all sit in the police station, we all had our own monologues, so you could have heard things. But in his head, cinematically, he had it shaped. The tie between the ocean and nature, and the way in which he shot the ocean, it’s also a part of the whole series. It’s so unpredictable, and the way we’re all drawn to it… it has its own force. I love how he’s done the silence there.’
Nicole went on to say that working with Jean-Marc went smoothly because he ‘loves women, so he wants to depict them in a raw, honest way. And he was so committed to all of us.
‘Reese’s whole storyline… which I think is just glorious. You see this incredibly well thought out arc for her. And he knew Reese so well, so they have a great, intuitive language already.
‘And then he already knew Laura as well. So he would be shooting each one of us separately, because we all had different storylines. Yet you would feel so protected and safe and special. That’s really hard. And to give that to Shay [Woodley], who had never worked with him, and then Zoe [Kravitz], who is just magical… we were very, very lucky.’
Going coastal: Nicole (center) and Reese (right) are hoping the show’s creators will explore more tales from the tony seaside enclaves of Monterey
According to TV Line, Reese has expressed a strong interest in creating a second season but she left it up to writer Liane whether or not season two would happen while Nicole added that the willingness of show-runner David E. Kelley to return is also key.
‘Between Liane and David, I would hope that they could come up with something,’ Nicole said. ‘… I mean, it took us six months to shoot this. So we all went, “Uh… OK!” I think if there was something compelling and extraordinary that they could come up with, then would we want to go and embody these women again? That would be a beautiful prospect.’
But popping champagne for a season two is certainly premature, as not everyone involved is on board to make this finite series indefinite. Jean-Marc told Just Jared that he doesn’t think a continuation is necessary.
Not so sure: The show’s director, Jean-Marc Vallée, doesn’t feel that a second season is necessary
His reason: The entire story arc from the novel was played out by the end of season one.
‘The detective doesn’t want to let go and that’s how we finish that,’ Jean-Marc said. ‘And we think, ‘Did they do the right thing? What will happen?’ Now it’s up to the audience and their imagination to figure out.
‘To do a season two, I’m not for it. Let’s move on and do something else! If there’s an opportunity to reunite with Reese, Nicole and these characters of course, I’ll be a part of it, but Big Little Lies One is a one-time deal. Big Little Lies Two? Nah. The end is for the audience to talk about. Imagine what you want to imagine and that’s it. We won’t give you a season two because it’s so good like this. Why spoil it?’