Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon dismiss rumors of drama on ‘Big Little Lies’ set
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Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon dismiss rumors of drama on ‘Big Little Lies’ set

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have denied rumors there was trouble behind the scenes of “Big Little Lies” season two.

In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, executive producers Reese Witherspoon, left, and Nicole Kidman attend the premiere of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” season two at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said that he’s looking at the possibility of another season of “Big Little Lies” with skepticism. Bloys told a TV critics’ meeting Wednesday, July 24, 2019, that he doesn’t see an obvious story to pursue for a third season. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Reports surfaced earlier this month (Jul19) claiming director Andrea Arnold, who led the second season of the drama, was stripped of creative control during production by original director Jean-Marc Vallee, who was behind the first season of the Emmy winning hit.

According to IndieWire, Arnold was left “devastated” by the experience with Vallee, who had remained connected to the series as executive producer, however, HBO executive Casey Bloys quickly shot down the allegations, insisting the rumors were “false.”

“As anybody who works in television knows, the director typically does not have final creative control,” he said. “So the idea that creative control was taken from the director, it’s just a false premise.”

Now Kidman and Witherspoon are standing behind the statement made by Bloys, insisting there is no truth to the story.

“He said it beautifully,” Kidman said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly of Bloys’ response. “That’s why we had Casey handle it. Obviously, he’s the head of HBO. He really said it beautifully.”

“In our minds, there is no controversy,” Witherspoon added. “We just love the show. We had such a great time doing it. There was a lot of misinformation and no credited sources on any of the information. This was an incredibly collaborative process for all of us and the idea that anyone was mistreated and not communicated with is completely not true.

“I was glad that Casey spoke so clearly about that and we are thrilled with the collaboration that yielded this season. It could have never been this show had it not been with these particular artists collaborating on this particular material.”

– Cover Media


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