Meryl Streep Is Defending Her ‘Big Little Lies’ Character (& We Actually See Her Point)

Have you ever wanted to discuss the ins and outs of Big Little Lies with the star-studded cast? Well, now’s your chance (sorta).

HBO recently dropped an all-new “Roundtable” segment, which features several cast members—including Reese Witherspoon (Madeline), Nicole Kidman (Celeste), Shailene Woodley (Jane), Laura Dern (Renata), Zoë Kravitz (Bonnie) and Meryl Streep (Mary Louise)—analyzing the current season of BLL.

The clip begins with Streep addressing Mary Louise’s nosy behavior in relation to the guilt she feels about Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgård) actions.

“One of the things I like about this piece is the blame delivered into Mary Louise’s lap for the sins of her son,” Streep says in the clip. “That is something that women take on, the blame, as a default setting. We imagine that not only our children’s problems but everything in the world is our fault. I think it’s sort of a more complicated landscape than that, and this piece enters into that very bravely.”

Witherspoon chimes in to agree with Streep, revealing that the purpose of the show is to spark conversation—both good and bad. “Whether you agree, or you don’t agree with the judgments or the things that are said within the show, I hope it ignites conversations in living rooms and with other people to talk about what is a mother responsible for?” she says. “What is a mother’s role?”

While discussing what’s next for the Monterey Five, Dern hints that anything can happen. “When you’re in the mess of scars, everything is possible,” she explains.

In that case, we’re onto you, Corey (Douglas Smith). Big Little Lies airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on HBO.


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