Big Little Lies 2 starts in beginning of June. I’m interested to see the central conflict of this season, and what Meryl Streep adds to the drama. Will BLL 2 be must-see TV? I don’t know. The reason, I think, so many people enjoyed the first miniseries was because it seemed to have a definitive end point, although the characters were so well-drawn and it was such a high-brow soap opera, I can understand why there were people asking for more. I’m particularly interested in seeing where Nicole Kidman’s Celeste goes from here. To promote the second series, the five main women all got individual covers for the June issue of InStyle. All of them were styled like ‘60s housewives/sexpots, like Mad Men-era stuff. Nicole’s Ann-Margaret look is particularly fetching. You can read Nicole’s profile here. Some highlights:
How she thinks of ambition: “Gosh, I always align it with passion because if you’re passionate, then that’s the pull. I have an enormous passion for my art, and there’s a wonderful blossoming in terms of being able to produce as well. It’s just a beautiful thing to be in a position to say to someone, “There’s this great role here,” or “I read this book, and I think we can get this produced for you.” I love having my artistic path, and then my other passion is my family. That’s probably all I need in my life. Other people are off doing things like having a girls’ weekend. I don’t have that because I go home. I want to be with my children and my husband. I will sort of get lost in a character or whatever I’m doing, but I’m constantly working to keep that balance.
She gets a lot of sleep: “Eight hours. I go to bed early, and when I do go out [for work], I leave early…. I’m an introvert, so my nature is very quiet, and I prefer being home. I love my work, and I can push through in different places and explore things, but if you look at my Myers-Briggs [personality] test, yes, I definitely qualify as an introvert. I’m deeply sensitive, so my ability to handle an enormous amount of exterior stress or toxicity … I know when I’m in the wrong place, and I go, and I leave. My home is very nourishing.
Being responsible for her own emotional health: “My dad would get us out of bed in the morning and go, “OK, 10 push-ups. Now you’re going to walk to school instead of catch the bus.” That sort of thing. And he would also say we’re all responsible for our own emotional health. I just know what I feel works for me, and maybe it doesn’t work for somebody else. I’m always trying not to go too far in because I can get to the point where I become more isolated. I’ve got to always be pushing out. I’ve got to get out more.
How physical activity helps her: “It’s very important. I love the outdoors. The ocean for me is like a balm; I’d be in there every day if we lived near it. But we live in Nashville, and we love Nashville. We have no water, but we have lots of beautiful trees.”
I’m stuck on the fact that she gets eight hours of sleep every single night. I only get more than seven hours of sleep (a night) a few times a month. Most of the time, I’m getting six to seven hours of sleep. I’ll go through a jag where I’m very “up and at ‘em!” and I can go on less sleep, but as I get older, I find that my body really feels it and I probably do need to sleep more. I’m amazed at the ability of people whose “job” is their body/physicality (athletes, actors) can just prioritize sleep this way and just do it, just will themselves or train themselves to sleep eight or nine or even ten hours a night. HOW? I want to know their secrets. (I imagine money helps.)
I’m also including Reese Witherspoon’s InStyle cover, which is the best part – her interview is not great, it reads like a Time’s Up pamphlet.
Covers courtesy of InStyle.