Meryl Streep Explains Why ‘Big Little Lies’ Is So Meaningful to Her

Big Little Lies has taken the world by storm, and people really seem to love it. It’s based on the same-titled best seller by Liane Moriarty. It’s a dark and comedic tale of murder and intrigue in a tranquil beachfront town in Monterey, California. The community is fueled by rumors and deception and is enough to have anyone hooked by episode one.

Meryl Streep, a global icon of women and the owner of eight Golden Globes and threes Oscars, joins the cast for the second season. She plays Mary Louise Wright, the mother-in-law of Celeste (Nicole Kidman), and mother to Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), Celeste’s dead husband and a rapist and abuser.

Specific scene setting draws you into the story

The lives of those in Monterey are so easy to get caught up in for average viewers, as well as Streep. In a roundtable discussion posted by HBO, Streep explained what really drew her in to the series.

“One thing I would say is that part of what made it so pungent in the first season, for me as a viewer, was that it was a very specific locale and the people were very specific. It was just how detailed how life was that sort of made it meaningful for me,” Streep explained.

Shailene Woodley agreed and added, “One of the things that we’re lacking so much in society is empathy. Period. That’s like the base of why we even have to have this conversation. It’s the inability to empathize with another being despite whether you agree or disagree with their morals, their faith. To me, this was a group of women who did not understand each other. But by the end of the season, because of the events that occurred, five women, who would not normally relate to each other, were able to put their differences aside to support and stand up for one another, and I think that’s really powerful. That’s the message that I took away,” said Woodley.

The characters in ‘Big Little Lies’ are so likeable

Big Little Lies cast
The ‘Big Little Lies’ cast | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

You can really appreciate the guilt looming over the characters in Big Little Lies. It was there even before they got away with murder, and it makes us like them even more.

Streep’s character, Mary Louise, is seeking answers to what happened to her son. She seems bent to make everyone uncomfortable along the way in the process. And it’s so deliciously good to watch it all unravel.

Take a scene where Mary Louise again makes someone uncomfortable, this time Madeline.

Mary Louise explains to Madeline, “There are people in life who content themselves with what they have, and then there are others who just…” She trails off. “Want. Oh, you don’t have to take it personally. I’m a ‘wanter’ myself.”

‘Big Little Lies’ has a huge fan following

There’s no doubt about it; people love Big Little Lies. Whether it’s the plethora of stars on the show, the scene setting, or the stories behind the characters themselves, the show has fans hooked and wanting more.

Fans took to Twitter after the premiere of the first episode of the second season to dish on Streep’s portrayal of Mary Louise. She’s a no-nonsense type of person and isn’t too worried about being liked by the people of Monterey.

She again goes after Madeline with this remark, “You’re very short. I don’t mean it in a negative way. Maybe I do. I find little people to be untrustworthy.”