Shailene Woodley Q&A: ‘Big Little Lies’
“I think a world where there would be a season two would be a great world!,” declares Shailene Woodley during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about whether “Big Little Lies” should continue for another season. The ambitious HBO limited series was written by David E. Kelley, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, and was based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. Told in a non-traditional flashback and flash-forward format, the story follows these characters in the aftermath of a brutal and shocking death, which remains a mystery until the end. Once the victim and the circumstances surrounding the death are revealed, the series ends with lingering questions about whether we will ever see this characters again.
“There’s so much still to explore,” Woodley says about her character Jane, a single mom to young Ziggy (Iain Armitage). Jane arrives in the affluent beachside town of Monterey, California, and develops a friendship with two other mothers (Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman), who appear to have it all, but, like Jane, are hiding their own secrets and lies. By the end of the series, Jane seems to finally be at peace with her painful past: “For Jane, I would like to explore her healing process and what she’s going through internally because you kind of get to scratch the surface but you kind of don’t actually really know what she’s thinking about herself and where her confidence lies and her own sense of self security.”
“I loved my character and I loved how in this world of very seemingly privileged women who lived in this very superficial type of lifestyle with this wealth, that my character came in with the opposite of life’s circumstance,” Woodley says about what attracted her to the role from the outset. She adds, “And yet somehow there were through lines with these other women. Somehow because of their humanness, they were able to relate to each other.”
Woodley says she will always cherish her time working on the series, which took a relatively lengthy six months to shoot. “I think the familial aspects of the show will stay with me a decade from now,” she admits. “The friendships that we built from this project, not only between us actors, but because we worked on this show for six months straight, which is a long time and is abnormal for this industry for any given project, I got really tight with the crew members and the director of photography and the director and the boy who played my child.”