“I had a feeling it was going to be really juicy and addictive, which it was,” actor Adam Scott says in his interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) about “Big Little Lies.” The HBO limited series featured Scott in a supporting role as Ed Mackenzie, reliable husband to Reese Witherspoon’s character Madeline.
Noted for its A-list cast also headlined by Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern, Scott reveals that it was Witherspoon and director Jean-Marc Vallée with whom he was most excited about working because he was so moved by the pair’s previous 2014 collaboration “Wild.” That film brought Witherspoon a second Oscar nomination for Best Actress after a win for “Walk the Line” (2005). Scott reveals, “My mother is a big outdoors person and a hiker. I grew up; she was always going on long hiking trips and I always worried about her when she went on these trips, not knowing if it was dangerous out there or what she was doing, so that movie really hit me hard and it was beautifully made.”
Growing up not far from the show’s Monterrey setting, Scott found it easy to get into his character’s shoes. He notes, “I grew up in Santa Cruz, which is a 20-minute drive from Monterrey and so culturally, it’s very similar — little Bay Area towns up there, so I felt like the work-from-home dad, I felt like I knew that guy. I grew up around a lot of those guys.”
Although adapted by David E. Kelley from the standalone novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, there has been talk about continuing “Big Little Lies” as an ongoing series. Scott has not heard anything formal, but says, “As far as a second season goes, if they decide they want to do one, yeah, I’d love to. It was such a great experience.”
Scott joined our interview from the offices of “Ghosted,” an upcoming supernatural sitcom picked up by Fox. He describes it: “Craig Robinson and I [are] paranormal investigators in the vein of […] action comedies from the 80s we all grew up with. It’s not really a throwback show, but that’s the tone we’re wanting to strike.” Also a producer on the show, Scott notes that they are hiring crew members and will begin filming episodes beyond the pilot in August.
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