“Big Little Lies” season two is heading into episode 4 this weekend, and if you have not yet watched season one, set aside an afternoon and evening and binge watch the first 7 episodes of one and 3 of two. You won’t regret it.
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley, who play moms on the show, sat down together to chat about the complexities of motherhood with HBO’s “Big Little Roundtable”.
Streep starts off talking about women and blame – “[blame] is something we take on as a default setting…we imagine that not only our children’s problems but everything in the world is our fault.”
Streep is referencing the blame her character, Mary-Louise, is experiencing because of the sins of her son Perry who was married to Nicole Kidman’s character (Celeste).
The show explores different stages of motherhood from the fierce protectiveness of a 6 year old that Laura Dern’s character displays when she learns her daughter is being bullied, to Meryl’s character’s blatant avoidance of her dead son’s heinous and violent behaviors.
One of my favorite things about “Big Little Lies,” is there are no clean endings. Like life, tragedy continues long after the experience is over and moving on involves going forward with a lot of extras in tow.
The BLL women wear their masks differently, as we all do, but Laura Dern eloquently states that: “…their scars are worn so close to the surface it is almost hilarious and devastating at the same time,” which pretty much sums up life in general, don’t you think?