"In our mind, there is no controversy," says Witherspoon when asked about Andrea Arnold losing creative control during editing.
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon deny that Andrea Arnold has taken away creative control during season 2 of "Big Little Lies." In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the co-stars pointed out comments made by HBO programming president Casey Bloys when asked about the alleged behind-the-scenes controversy. IndieWire reported earlier this month that Arnold took creative control off the second season of "Big Little Lies" during post-production. Arnold was replaced in the editing room and in the new touches by the director of the first season, Jean-Marc Vallée. Bloys told the press in the TCA that the idea that Arnold took away creative control is "a false premise."
"He said it beautifully," Kidman told EW about Bloys. "That's why we made Casey handle it. Obviously, he's the head of HBO. He really said it marvelously."
"In our minds, there is no controversy, ”added Witherspoon. “We love the show. We had a great time doing it. There was a lot of misinformation and no credited source in any of the information. This was an incredibly collaborative process for all of us and the idea that someone was mistreated and did not communicate with him is not entirely true. I was glad Casey spoke so clearly about that and we are delighted with the collaboration this season produced. It could never have been this show had it not been with these particular artists who collaborate on this particular material. "
Bloys said in the TCA that it is not unusual on television that an executive producer like Vallée joins the episodes. The HBO executive added that the director's television episode cuts are rarely the ones that end up being released.
"There were no surprises about how this would work," Bloys said, denying that Arnold was surprised when Vallée was given creative control. "Jean-Marc did not receive a white letter [on Season 1]. He and [writer] David E. Kelley and the producers had an aligned vision. He had no white card as director. Andrea was never promised that she would have free rein.
IndieWire reported that Arnold was promised creative control from the beginning and did not know that Vallée would enter during the editing phase and take over. Arnold established an editing room in London, but before his team could finish putting together the first episode, the post-production moved to the hometown of Vallée, Montreal, where his own editorial team began cutting what was finally broadcast by HBO
Witherspoon and Kidman spent most of the EW interview bathing Arnold with compliments. Kidman gave Arnold credit for "undermining the performances" that viewers saw during season 2 and described his work as "beautiful." Witherspoon added that the program was more collaborative than a single person assuming creative control of the entire effort.
"Andrea is wonderful. I feel she was amazing," Witherspoon said. "What perplexes me, as Nicole and I experienced in season 1, is how television is a completely different medium. It's a collaborative medium; it's very different. , driven by writers … It's also a great opportunity for Nicole and I to have a great creative voice in a process. It wasn't just a single person, let's say [creator/executive producer/writer] David E. Kelley or Jean-Marc or Andrea, we really all collaborate every week, every time we receive a script, every time we saw a cut. It was one of the most creative collaborative experiences in my entire career. "
Witherspoon and Kidman also spoke with EW about the possibility of "Big Little Lies" continuing with a third season. The second season of the program ended in a cliffhanger when the Monterey Five were seen entering the police station to apparently confess the murder of Perry White. When asked if they knew from the beginning of season 2 how the story would end, both actresses refused to answer because the door is not closed in season 3.
"It is very important not to discuss all the complexities of this, because if we do a season 3, there will be things that will be explained," said Kidman. "It is probably best to allow only a little mystery. I know the voracious appetite for knowledge and not to leave stone unturned. But I will always fight just a little … there may be some mysteries and secrets intact.
Witherspoon added: “I totally agree! If there are still conversations to keep, I think that is really what determines if we can count a season 3. Is it as good as season 1 and 2? Does the public still have questions? Do we have answers?
"It's a collaboration," said Kidman. “We work in a group. We are incredibly tight; We talk to each other and we are on the other side. Then, we will decide as a group. ”