Shailene Woodley Explains the Powerful Message Behind ‘Big Little Lies’

Big Little Lies has taken the world by storm and people seem to truly 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 within a few minutes of watching.

Shailene Woodley explains why the show is so good

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Deborah Roberts interviews the cast of “Big Little Lies” on “Good Morning America,” Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Walt Disney Television, Getty Images

Recently in a roundtable discussion posted by HBO, Shailene Woodley and Meryl Streep explained what really drew them in to the series.

Shailene Woodley said, “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.

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 and Woodley.

Streep 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. She said, “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.”

‘Big Little Lies’ has a huge fan following

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Actors Jeffrey Nordling, Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern, pose in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Fans can’t get enough of their favorite moms from Monterey. These characters have a way of drawing you in and watching season one in a single sitting.

Who wouldn’t want to watch Kidman’s character finally trade blows with Streep’s character? And it all goes down at a pumpkin-carving party after Mary Louise shows up uninvited, and to make matters worse, let’s slip that Celeste is renting an apartment in the same building as Jane Chapman (Woodley).

Fans love the show so much, they have massive theories

Fans can’t get enough of Big Little Lies, and in turn have developed a number of theories about the show. Fans have wild thoughts of how Perry’s brother died. All that is known is that he died, and Streep’s character hasn’t revealed much else about what actually happened.

One theory is that Streep’s character, Mary Louise, actually killed her son. This comes from a Reddit thread on the show.

“I think Perry got his power/abuse problems from Mary Louise. I think we’ll be shown that in the final episodes that she killed Perry’s brother in a fit of rage or something,” explained the user.

Another theory is that Perry himself killed his brother. Either way, both are just speculations at this point, but either could end up correct. Fans will most likely find out soon.