Description: When Madeline and Celeste take new-in-town single mom Jane under their wing, none of them realize how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Creator: David E. Kelley
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley
- It’s a wonderful lie.
- A perfect life is a perfect lie.
- HBO won the rights for the series in a bidding war against Netflix.
- Shailene Woodley was seriously thinking of quitting acting and had been refusing scripts for a year before this one came her way and she fell in love with the character of Jane. A phone call of encouragement from her friend and co-star Laura Dern solidified her decision to take the role.
- After collaborating on this project, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon re-teamed to obtain the rights for an adaptation of “Truly Madly Guilty”, also a novel by Liane Moriarty.
- Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman became very close during filming the first season, to the extent that Witherspoon bought the residence next to Kidman’s house in her hometown of Nashville.
- Nicole Kidman was once engaged to Lenny Kravitz, the father of co-star Zoë Kravitz, when Zoe was a teenager.
- In order to work on the first season, Reese Witherspoon backed out of Downsizing (2017), while Nicole Kidman turned down a part in Wonder Woman (2017), both because of scheduling conflicts.
- Alexander Skarsgård said that the therapy sessions between Perry and Celeste were filmed without rehearsal, and he appreciated that, since accordingly he and Nicole Kidman had genuine tension and awkwardness having to read the other’s emotions in the scene.
- Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon each earn $1 million an episode for the sequel series. That’s a significant bump from the reported range of $250,000 to $350,000 the pair made per episode during season one. Keep in mind, that’s just for their acting duties, and does not include the money the pair makes as producers.