Reese attended the red carpet premiere of Big Little Lies in LA yesterday! Reese bought her daughter Ava along for the event, and the twosome posed together on the red carpet … Reese was also snapped with her co-stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz. She looked gorgeous and elegant in a dress by Elie Saab, with jewellry from Tiffany’s and Christian Louboutin shoes – I love this shimmery look on her! The Gallery has been updated with over 300 HQ photos from the premiere and after-party, and this post will be updated tomorrow with articles & videos from the red carpet…
Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley Share Biggest Takeaways From Working on ‘Big Little Lies’
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz brought high wattage star power to the L.A. premiere of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” at the TCL Chinese Theatre Tuesday night. Hugs were plentiful on the block-long press line as the large ensemble company including Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling and the kids who play the onscreen children celebrated the layered drama that focuses on family strife and a murder mystery in a Monterey, California community.
Executive producer Bruna Papandrea explained the lure of the story. “Ultimately, the theme is what really lies beneath people’s lives. I have not seen a story of female friendship and community represented that way, with so many complex women.” Liane Moriarty, the Australian author of the best-selling book upon which the series is based, was effusive in her enthusiasm at the screen adaptation, “I’m thrilled with it. It looks gorgeous. I also love the music. I can’t believe they got star after star after star. In Australia, we call Nicole Kidman ‘Our Nic’ so to have her playing Celeste so perfectly, I think that was particularly special and I think Reese was made to play Madeline.”
Kidman said her biggest takeaway from the project was her co-stars, “I got to make four girlfriends that will be my girlfriends for life.” Dern echoed that sentiment, saying, “To finally come together and to make something together was incredible. Not to mention, when do you see five women on a red carpet together, supporting each other? We carry our lives and share them with each other. It made it a very special experience.”
Woodley pointed out, “The beauty of working with a cast like this is that it was inter-generational; the weaving of wisdom is something we wouldn’t have had otherwise.”
Another universal sentiment among the cast was the unique experience of working with visionary director Jean-Marc Vallee, who employed hand-held cameras and dispensed with rehearsals in favor of shooting continually, so actors were constantly in character. Nordling shared, “It felt like a live performance.”
After the screening, guests crossed Hollywood Boulevard in the light rain to party on the main floor of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, where HBO decked out the huge space with tables filled with comfort food such as steak, sushi, mac and cheese, miso salmon, vegetable cobb salad and assorted bite-size desserts. Guests posed for GIF fun in the Otter Bay playground and took home stuffed hippos (seen in the show) as souvenirs.
‘Big Little Lies’ Premiere: Cast Talks Murder Mystery, TV’s Portrayal of Women
“Australians and Americans can work together!” joked HBO programming president Casey Bloys when introducing Big Little Lies at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Joining him at the front of the packed theater was the show’s creator David Kelley, director Jean-Marc Vallee, Australian native and the author of the book by the same name Liane Moriarty, fellow Australian and executive producer Bruna Papandera and the show’s stars and executive producers Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
“This is a premiere for a TV series? For feature films we don’t even have a premiere this big,” said Vallee. While introducing the show he called for all of the “big little liars” and cast members Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern in the audience to stand up.
As for what Woodley hopes viewers take away from the series, the actress told The Hollywood Reporter, “Not everyone can relate to living in Monterey, California, a super white, super privileged area, but everyone can relate to being a mother or having been mothered or being in a relationship. Whether those relationships are between their children, or their lovers, infidelity, monogamy, all of these are issues we relate to.”
Added Kidman, “Artistically I think you put art out into the world and sometimes it’s divisive, sometimes it’s embraced, sometimes people cry, people laugh. When I was working with Stanley Kubrick he would say, “You never tell the audience what to feel. Let them choose to have their responses.”
As for Papandrea she hopes the series reaches an audience beyond just a female demographic, “The most important thing for me is that it doesn’t get defined as a show just for women. My husband loved it. The men I’ve shown it to, love it. The problem that women face a lot is if it has women in the center it gets targeted as just for women. I hope when people talk about it they’ll realize it’s not just a show for women.”
One thing viewers will for sure be talking about is the murder mystery surrounding the series. Who is the possible murderer? Who ends up as a victim? “Immediately viewers are going to suspect Madeline,” said Reese’s onscreen daughter, Kathryn Newton.
“When I read this book I had no idea from beginning to end. I had my suspicions, but I wasn’t right. I’m hoping that’s the case with the series,” said Papandrea. “Ultimately though that’s important, but the series is about so much more than that.”
As for Moriarty, “In the beginning you’ll be suspecting Madeline. When I wrote the book I didn’t know who was going to end up dead or who the murderer was myself so I wrote it that way that it could be anybody.”
On whether Dern’s character who is Witherspoon’s arch nemesis in the show may wind up the murderer or victim, Dern quips, “I presume both. That’s what’s beautiful about the show. We all have reasons to be considered the victim or the “troublemaker.”
As for reuniting with Witherspoon onscreen, this time with their characters feuding Dern joked, “We hate each other. She’s a nightmare. Reese Witherspoon is a nightmare! And my best friend.”
The two joined cast members Adam Scott, James Tupper, Stephen Graybill, Sarah Baker, and P.J. Byrne and the show’s cast of kids for the premiere’s after party at the Roosevelt Hotel which transformed into the show’s setting, Monterey with a beach themed atmosphere.
Also part of the bash was a playground inspired photo booth, sushi buffet, wine tasting bar, fish and chips, and a build-a-bear station where a replica of the stuffed hippo from the show was given to party guests.
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