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* AllStarCast: Includes such A-listers as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. Also notable names like Alexander Skarsgård, Zoë Kravitz and Adam Scott.

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* AllStarCast: Includes such A-listers as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern Creator/NicoleKidman, Creator/ReeseWitherspoon, Creator/LauraDern, and Shailene Woodley. Also Woodley with notable names like Alexander Skarsgård, Zoë Kravitz Kravitz, and Adam Scott.Scott rounding out the supporting cast. Season Two sees the addition of Creator/MerylStreep.


* ExectutiveMeddling: [[https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/ HBO, Kelley, and Vallée]] made sure to keep season 2 to be much like the first, Andrea Arnold’s original vision be damned.

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* ExectutiveMeddling: ExecutiveMeddling: [[https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/ HBO, Kelley, and Vallée]] made sure to keep season 2 to be much like the first, Andrea Arnold’s original vision be damned.

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* ExectutiveMeddling: [[https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/ HBO, Kelley, and Vallée]] made sure to keep season 2 to be much like the first, Andrea Arnold’s original vision be damned.


* ThrowItIn: A lot of Renata's wisecracks are improvised by Laura Dern. The famous "I SAID THANK YOOOOOUUUUU...!!!" moment was planned between her and Valee to prank everyone on set.



** Eight episodes were planned, but in the writing process David E Kelly felt that only seven were needed. HBO agreed.

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** Eight episodes were planned, planned but in the writing process process, David E Kelly felt that only seven were needed. HBO agreed.

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** Bonnie is mixed race (half-black, half-white). Both of Zoë Kravitz's parents are black.


** Alexander Skarsgård tends to be an AntiHero or ALighterShadeOfGrey. Here he's a DomesticAbuser.

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** Alexander Skarsgård tends to be an AntiHero or ALighterShadeOfGrey. Here he's a DomesticAbuser.{{Domestic Abuse}}r.


* AllStarCast: Includes such A-listers as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. Also notable names like Alexander Skarsgård, Zoe Kravitz and Adam Scott.

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* AllStarCast: Includes such A-listers as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. Also notable names like Alexander Skarsgård, Zoe Zoë Kravitz and Adam Scott.



** Zoe Kravitz likewise is known for ActionGirl roles in big-budget franchise movies. Likewise, it's different to see her playing the GranolaGirl Bonnie.

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** Zoe Zoë Kravitz likewise is known for ActionGirl roles in big-budget franchise movies. Likewise, it's different to see her playing the GranolaGirl Bonnie.



* ThoseTwoActors: Shailene Woodley has starred with Zoe Kravitz in all the ''{{Literature/Divergent}}'' films and with Laura Dern in ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars''.

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* ThoseTwoActors: Shailene Woodley has starred with Zoe Zoë Kravitz in all the ''{{Literature/Divergent}}'' films and with Laura Dern in ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars''.


** For the second season, author Liane Moriarty wrote a new manuscript to be adapted into a screenplay. In order to fulfill her dream of successfully casting her favorite actress in an adaptation of her books, she named Meryl Streep's character Mary Louise -- [[TheDanza Streep's real name]]. Luckily, Streep had enjoyed the first season and happily signed on before reading any script.

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** For the second season, author Liane Moriarty wrote a new manuscript to be adapted into a screenplay. In order to fulfill her dream of successfully casting her favorite actress in an adaptation of one of her books, she named Meryl Streep's character Mary Louise -- [[TheDanza Streep's real name]]. Luckily, Streep had enjoyed the first season and happily signed on before reading any script.


** In the book, Celeste's husband Perry is compared to Creator/TomCruise. In the miniseries she's played by Nicole Kidman, who was married to Tom Cruise. Liane Moriarty even insisted on Nicole playing Celeste too.
** Nicole also plays the wife of Alexander Skarsgård in an abusive relationship. She had done something similar in the film ''Dogville'' - where she starred alongside his ''father'' Stellan.

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** In the book, Celeste's husband Perry is compared to Creator/TomCruise. In the miniseries miniseries, she's played by Nicole Kidman, who was married to Tom Cruise. Liane Moriarty even insisted on Nicole playing Celeste too.
** Nicole also plays the wife of Alexander Skarsgård in an abusive relationship. She had done something similar in the film ''Dogville'' - -- where she starred alongside his ''father'' Stellan.



* CreatorBreakdown: Nicole Kidman says she suffered it when filming [[spoiler: the scene where Perry throws Celeste across the room in her underwear]]. Later when she returned to her hotel room, she threw a rock through a glass door.

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** For the second season, author Liane Moriarty wrote a new manuscript to be adapted into a screenplay. In order to fulfill her dream of successfully casting her favorite actress in an adaptation of her books, she named Meryl Streep's character Mary Louise -- [[TheDanza Streep's real name]]. Luckily, Streep had enjoyed the first season and happily signed on before reading any script.
* CreatorBreakdown: Nicole Kidman says she suffered it when filming [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the scene where Perry throws Celeste across the room in her underwear]]. Later when she returned to her hotel room, she threw a rock through a glass door.



** Nicole Kidman told Alexander Skarsgård not to go easy on her during the domestic violence scenes - so that Celeste's bruises would be realistic.

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** Nicole Kidman told Alexander Skarsgård not to go easy on her during the domestic violence scenes - -- so that Celeste's bruises would be realistic.



** Zoe Kravitz likewise is known for ActionGirl roles in big budget franchise movies. Likewise it's different to see her playing the GranolaGirl Bonnie.

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** Zoe Kravitz likewise is known for ActionGirl roles in big budget big-budget franchise movies. Likewise Likewise, it's different to see her playing the GranolaGirl Bonnie.


* StarDerailingRole: Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard believes that this show will be his due to the [[DomesticAbuser type of character]] Perry is. His Golden Globe win seems to contradict that.

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* NamesTheSame: Nathan Carlson shouldn't be confused with the voice actor Creator/NathanCarlson.


* AllStarCast: Includes such A-listers as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. Also notable names like Alexander Skarsgard, Zoe Kravitz and Adam Scott.

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* AllStarCast: Includes such A-listers as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. Also notable names like Alexander Skarsgard, Skarsgård, Zoe Kravitz and Adam Scott.



** Nicole also plays the wife of Alexander Skarsgaard in an abusive relationship. She had done something similar in the film ''Dogville'' - where she starred alongside his ''father'' Stellan.

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** Nicole also plays the wife of Alexander Skarsgaard Skarsgård in an abusive relationship. She had done something similar in the film ''Dogville'' - where she starred alongside his ''father'' Stellan.



** Nicole Kidman told Alexander Skarsgaard not to go easy on her during the domestic violence scenes - so that Celeste's bruises would be realistic.

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** Nicole Kidman told Alexander Skarsgaard Skarsgård not to go easy on her during the domestic violence scenes - so that Celeste's bruises would be realistic.



** Alexander Skarsgard tends to be an AntiHero or ALighterShadeOfGrey. Here he's a DomesticAbuser.

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** Alexander Skarsgard Skarsgård tends to be an AntiHero or ALighterShadeOfGrey. Here he's a DomesticAbuser.


** Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon and director Jean Marc Vallee had all worked on ''{{Film/Wild}}'' together.

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** Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon and director Jean Marc Vallee Creator/JeanMarcVallee had all worked on ''{{Film/Wild}}'' together.



** Jean Marc Vallee was initially going to direct just two episodes, but he remained on for the remainder of production. The miniseries was shot all in one go like a feature film.

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** Jean Marc Vallee Creator/JeanMarcVallee was initially going to direct just two episodes, but he remained on for the remainder of production. The miniseries was shot all in one go like a feature film.


* ActorAllusion: Jane was a teenaged mother. Jane's actress, Creator/ShaileneWoodley, previously played a teenaged mother on ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''.

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* ActorAllusion: ActorAllusion:
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Jane was a teenaged mother. Jane's actress, Creator/ShaileneWoodley, previously played a teenaged mother on ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''.''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''.
** Technically with Jane's status as a victim of date rape. Shailene Woodley's character in ''Film/TheSpectacularNow'' was also a victim - but it was only revealed in a deleted scene.



* ApprovalOfGod: Liane Moriarty approved the addition of Madeline's affair in the adaptation.



** Nicole also plays the wife of Alexander Skarsgaard in an abusive relationship. She had done something similar in the film ''Dogville'' - where she starred alongside his ''father'' Stellan.



* DyeingForYourArt: Shailene Woodley dyed her hair black and gained weight for her role as Jane.

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* DyeingForYourArt: CreatorBreakdown: Nicole Kidman says she suffered it when filming [[spoiler: the scene where Perry throws Celeste across the room in her underwear]]. Later when she returned to her hotel room, she threw a rock through a glass door.
* DyeingForYourArt:
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Shailene Woodley dyed her hair black and gained weight for her role as Jane.Jane.
** Nicole Kidman told Alexander Skarsgaard not to go easy on her during the domestic violence scenes - so that Celeste's bruises would be realistic.



* FollowTheLeader: Clearly following the trend of ''Film/GoneGirl'' and ''Film/TheGirlOnTheTrain'' of stories taking place in seemingly perfect small towns, and the housewife protagonists having their dark secrets revealed.



* RealitySubtext: Celeste's status as a battered wife - Nicole Kidman is an ambassador for the UN, working to stop domestic violence.



** Eight episodes were planned, but in the writing process David E Kelly felt that only seven were needed. HBO agreed.

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** Eight episodes were planned, but in the writing process David E Kelly felt that only seven were needed. HBO agreed.agreed.
** The trivia night scene was only scheduled for five days of night shoots, but ballooned to about two weeks by the end.


* CastingGag: In the book, Celeste's husband Perry is compared to Creator/TomCruise. In the miniseries she's played by Nicole Kidman, who was married to Tom Cruise. Liane Moriarty even insisted on Nicole playing Celeste too.

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* CastingGag: CastingGag:
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In the book, Celeste's husband Perry is compared to Creator/TomCruise. In the miniseries she's played by Nicole Kidman, who was married to Tom Cruise. Liane Moriarty even insisted on Nicole playing Celeste too.too.
** Laura Dern had played Shailene Woodley's loving mother in ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', and the two are good friends in real life. Here they play Renata and Jane respectively, who become rivals from the first episode.
* DyeingForYourArt: Shailene Woodley dyed her hair black and gained weight for her role as Jane.



* FakeNationality: A rare aversion in an American production for Creator/NicoleKidman, whose character Celeste is an Australian who's been in America for some time.

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* FakeNationality: FakeNationality:
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A rare aversion in an American production for Creator/NicoleKidman, whose character Celeste is an Australian who's been in America for some time.


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* PlayingAgainstType:
** Shailene Woodley rose to fame playing tough girls with attitude in Young Adult adaptations. Here marks one of her first adult roles, playing a young mother.
** Zoe Kravitz likewise is known for ActionGirl roles in big budget franchise movies. Likewise it's different to see her playing the GranolaGirl Bonnie.
** Laura Dern in recent years has become best known for playing cool mom characters or a ReasonableAuthorityFigure. Playing a WitchWithACapitalB like Renata is different.
** Alexander Skarsgard tends to be an AntiHero or ALighterShadeOfGrey. Here he's a DomesticAbuser.


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* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Reese Witherspoon and Kathryn Newton certainly look as if they could be mother and daughter.

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