Oscar wining actress Meryl Streep has joined the cast of the tv hit, "Big Little Lies' from being a fan of the show.
Meryl Streep's self-professed addiction to "Big Little Lies," a black comedy based on the best-selling book by Liane Moriarty, had the bonus of turning the actress into a star of the HBO drama's second season. She said "I wanted to do it to be in that world. The world they created was amazing."
In the seven-episode season beginning in June, Streep plays Mary Louise Wright, mother-in-law to Nicole Kidman's Celeste, whose abusive husband, Perry, died at the end of season one.
David E. Kelley, who wrote both seasons, joked that the much-acclaimed Streep had to pass muster to get the role. He noted that the character of Mary Louise was created by Liane Moriarty, whose novel was adapted for the original first season.
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon return as executive producers and stars of the drama, which is set in Monterey, California. Returning co-stars Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley comprise the so-called "Monterey Five" circle, joined together by dark secrets.
Kidman, explaining the drama's return, said: "We had such a good time doing it, and the desire to spend more time together had a lot to do with it. Also, there was an enormous demand from the audience. It was generated by the audience, and the desire to see these people still in existence."
She noted the rarity of a series with so many female leads, let alone produced by and, this season is directed by a woman, Andrea Arnold. Kidman said the cast camaraderie they enjoyed last season was repeated.
Asked who proved to be the best storyteller in their off-camera moments, Streep's co-stars chorused, "Meryl!" Streep modestly waved off the compliment, then added: "What happens in Monterey, stays in Monterey."