‘The White Lotus’ Stars in Their ‘Roller Coaster Ride’ Season 1 and What They Know About Season 2 – Contenders TV
When Murray Bartlett, Connie Breton, Sydney Sweeney and Alexandra Daddario were approached for The White Lotusthey jumped at the chance to work with Mike White on location in Hawaii and explore every facet of their richly drawn characters.
“It’s an actor’s dream to have [this kind of] roller coaster ride with a character,” Bartlett told Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro today on Contenders Television. “It was a dream fallen in my lap, really.”
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The first season of HBO The dark comedy created, directed and written by White is set in a tropical Hawaiian resort, following the exploits of various guests and employees over the course of a week. Bartlett plays resort manager Armond, with Britton as vacationing finance manager Nicole Mossbacher, Sweeney as his sardonic daughter Olivia, and Daddario as Rachel, a journalist whose recent marriage to real estate agent Shane (Jake Lacy ) is already collapsing.
From Britton and Daddario’s perspective, part of what made the show so compelling was White’s gift for observing human behavior. “Mike, I think, finds joy in the disdain he has for human nature,” Daddario said. “I just think it translates in this incredible way because he loves human beings, but sees how awful and flawed they are at the same time, and that’s a really interesting combination.”
Sweeney said White brought each character’s voice “perfectly” to life, so no on-set ad-libbing was necessary. “The writing was so perfect for each character,” she added, “like he’s been through this.”
Elevating White’s work, of course, was the show’s stellar performance package. Bartlett said the chemistry he found with his co-stars was exciting, given the “fire” and “sizzle” she brought to the scenes. “It was an incredibly talented group of people, but also a really wonderful group of people,” he said, “which was lucky because we were quarantined together and couldn’t leave.”
While The White Lotus was originally billed as a limited series, it was renewed for a second season in August, after debuting to critical acclaim and a No. 1 ranking on HBO. The next edition will follow a different group of holidaymakers as they book their stay at an Italian White Lotus property and settle temporarily among its inhabitants.
When asked what he knew about Season 2 and if there was any possibility he would appear there, Bartlett joked, “It’s a ghost story.”
Britton was tight-lipped, noting that “it’s all top secret,” with Daddario sharing that White had discussed a future “spinoff” episode featuring Rachel and Jake chatting with a couple on a boat. Still, she says, “my agent hasn’t contacted me yet.”
The White LotusThe first-season ensemble also featured Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Hechinger, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Steve Zahn, and Lukas Gage. Season 2 will see Coolidge reprise her role as the troubled Tanya McQuoid, starring F. Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Meghann Fahy, Tom Hollander, Michael Imperioli, Theo James, Aubrey Plaza, Haley Lu Richardson, Will Sharpe, Leo Woodall, Beatrice Grannó, Sabrina Impacciatore and Simona Tabasco join the cast. White exec is producing the series alongside David Bernad and Nick Hall, with Mark Kamine serving as co-executive producer.
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