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(2017–2018)

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Nicole Kidman was once engaged to Lenny Kravitz, the father of her co-star Zoë Kravitz.
HBO won the rights for the series in a bidding war against Netflix.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman became very close during filming, to the extent that Witherspoon bought the residence next to Kidman's home in her hometown of Nashville.
In order to work on this project, Reese Witherspoon backed out of Downsizing (2017), while Nicole Kidman turned down a part in Wonder Woman (2017), both because of scheduling conflicts.
'Alexander Skarsgard' claimed that he always checked in with Nicole Kidman after filming their abusive scenes to make sure she was okay. He further claimed that he roomed with a friend during the shoot rather than staying in a hotel, so he wouldnt have to come home alone and he had an easier time shaking off the role of Perry after work.
Laura Dern has previously portrayed the mother of her two co-stars Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon. In this she plays a fellow mother at the primary school.
After collaborating on this project, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon re-teamed to obtain the rights for an adaptation of "Truly Madly Guilty," also a novel by Liane Moriarty.
Bruna Papandrea is Reese Witherspoon's producing partner and a childhood friend of Nicole Kidman. She got the two united over the project. After she approached Kidman about the novel, Kidman read the book overnight, and later went to Australia to sit down with author Liane Moriarty to obtain the rights to the book. She received it 48 hours later.
Alexander Skarsgård claimed that the therapy sessions between Perry and Celeste were filmed without rehearsal, and he appreciated that since according he and Nicole Kidman had genuine tension and awkwardness having to read the other's emotions in the scene.
The novel is set in a seaside suburb of Sydney, Australia, but the setting was changed to America for the series. Nicole Kidman is the only Australian among the cast other than Gia Carides.
Filming took five months. The crew shot four pages a day, just like a feature. Director Jean-Marc Vallée treated "Big Little Lies" as if it were a theatrical movie, breaking the five-month shoot down into two chunks and shooting for 88 days.
Jean-Marc Vallée' was approached by Reese Witherspoon who personally called her former collaborator to offer him the project. By the time she called him, the production was rushing towards a start date, without a director attached. He jumped on board in order to direct only two episodes, but finally directed the entire show, and approached it as one long movie.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman also both serve as producers of the show. They acquired the rights for the book adaptation in a collaboration between their own respective film companies Pacific Standard and Blossom Films.
Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern previously co-starred in The Fault in Our Stars (2014), while the series also reunites Woodley and Zoë Kravitz, co-stars of the Divergent (2014) franchise.
The series is being filmed in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel Highlands, California.
Nicole Kidman's first television series since Bangkok Hilton (1989).
Larry Sullivan and David Monahan are also a couple in real life and have one child together. They previously played a married same-sex couple in a commercial for Campbell Soup.
Liane Moriarty, author of the novel, suggested Rose Byrne for the role of Jane.
Originally envisioned as a feature film.
Reunites Laura Dern, actor/producer Reese Witherspoon and director Jean-Marc Vallée who all previously collaborated on Wild (2014).
The song "Something Stupid' has been sung by both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in a separate official recording of the song. Kidman collaborated with Robbie Williams and Witherspoon sang alongside Michael Bublé.
Alexander Skarsgård first met Nicole Kidman on the set of Dogville (2003) in which her character is raped by a character played by Stellan Skarsgård, Alexander's father. And it was the day of filming the rape scene that he visited the set.
The soundtrack went #1 on iTunes' Soundtrack Chart and #2 on the Top Albums U.S. iTunes Chart. In June 2017, the soundtrack was officially released on CD, followed by a double Vinyl release in July the same year. The latter features new songs, including one by the director of the series, Jean-Marc Vallée. The soundtrack also features cast member Zoë Kravitz's first official single, a rendition of Elvis' "Don't".
The original order was 8 episodes, but when David E. Kelley was writing them he realized that 7 was enough, so he asked HBO about it and they agreed with him.
Adam Scott was the one to suggest the beard for his character.
In the book, Madeleine has a son named Fred, who doesn't appear in the show.
In the source novel, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), Celeste's husband, is described as physically resembling Tom Cruise: "Women always took to Perry. It was that Tom Cruise, white-toothed smile and the way he gave them his full attention" (p. 81). In this adaptation, Celeste is played by Nicole Kidman, who in her real life was married to Tom Cruise from 1990 to 2001.
Of all the houses the lead characters reside in, only Celeste and Perry's seaside mansion is actually located in the Monterey Peninsula. The rest of the locations are in Malibu, Calabasas and Pasadena. Nearly all the interiors were shot on sound stages in Los Angeles.
Laura Dern's fourth HBO production.
"Avenue Q," the theatrical production that Madeline is working on (and trying to advocate for in the face of community objections) is a real musical, and, as described in the show, really performed with puppets. The real "Avenue Q" had a very successful Broadway run (from 2003 to 2009) and won the so-called "Triple Crown" of Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score) in 2004. The New York production moved to the off-Broadway New World Stages in 2009, where (as of August 2017) it has been running ever since. Although the show contains puppets, it was never intended for children, so given all the awards, critical acclaim, and financial success garnered by the musical over the years, in the context of "Big Little Lies," Renata's objections are meant to be seen as baseless and vindictive.
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley have all starred in films directed by Alexander Payne.
During a March 2017 Vulture interview with Darby Camp (the child actress who played Chloe Mackenzie), Camp said that Nicole Kidman (Celeste) would play with the child actors between takes, and she once let them crawl onto her lap and play with the wig she wore for her role. Source: "Big Little Lies' Darby Camp on Playing a 'Sassy' Character and Getting Acting Tips From Reese Witherspoon" by Jen Chaney, March 28, 2017, Vulture .com
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Laura Dern and Sarah Burns also acted together in HBO's "Enlightened (2011). Ms. Burns portrays pregnant characters in both series.
Ivy George and Kathryn Newton played in 2 different Paranormal activity movies. Kathryn Newton in Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) and Ivy George in Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension (2015)
Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz appeared together in the Divergent movie trilogy.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Liane Moriarty's got the idea for the novel after she heard a radio interview in which a woman recounted her parents' abusive relationship. The book is a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Madeline's infidelity was not in the book, but added to the script with the blessing of author Liane Moriarty.
Nicole Kidman's character is a victim of domestic violence. In real life, Kidman serves as a the spokesperson to "UN Women's Say NO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women initiative", a global advocacy effort that has galvanized millions around the issue. Kidman has traveled to countries where UN Women works to end violence against women to amplify the voices of women survivors heard through the media and has helped to raise funds for programs that address violence against women.
Nicole Kidman claimed that she was so emotionally devastated by the scene in which Celeste is beaten by Perry in the bathroom in her underwear, she was genuinely unable to get up off the floor after the scene was over. Later that day when she returned to her hotel room she suffered a meltdown and threw a rock through a glass door.
Nicole Kidman received several bruises from filming the many violent scenes. She wanted Celeste's struggle to be authentic and told co-star Alexander Skarsgaard not to go easy on her.
The climactic sequence of Otter Bay's trivia night was a grueling two weeks of night shoots for the cast, originally scheduled for five days. Reese Witherspoon claimed she suffered a meltdown on-set after her major confession scene was abruptly rescheduled for the next night. Alexander Skarsgård added that he was exhausted by the time it came to film Perry's final scene.
Nicole Kidman's character Celeste is in an abusive relationship, her husband played by Alexander Skarsgård. She previously played opposite Skarsgard's father, Stellan Skarsgård, in Dogville (2003) in which the two had a similar violent relationship.
At the end of the opening credits, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) is partially visible dressed as Elvis after Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) looks straight at the camera.
When Celeste is putting together her escape appartment after Perry has abused her, there is an IKEA instruction on the couch table for a bunk bed called SVÄRTA. In Swedish, one of the meanings of the word is 'to defile'.
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