White Lotus Star Jennifer Coolidge Reveals Surprising Details About Season 2 : “I’m still Tanya,” White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge told Deadline today about Sicily-set Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated series, “I’m still fucked.”
Coolidge received the first Primetime Emmy nomination of her career today, becoming one of five supporting actresses to step up a notch from the Mike White-produced HBO limited series. She is the only season 1 cast member to reprise her role in White Lotus: Sicily, which she recently finished shooting.
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In Season 2, as previously reported, Coolidge’s wealthy but complicated Tanya McQuaid is traveling with her young employee, Portia (Haley Lou Richardson). The series was shot at the San Domenico Palace, Taormina, a Four Seasons hotel.Coolidge told Deadline, that White Lotus: Sicily “feels completely different … almost like a different show.”
“It’s even more complicated than the first one,” the actress adds.
“He writes great roles for women,” Coolidge said of White. “I saw that over in Italy. It wasn’t just the scene I was in but any scene I happened to be in. ,
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While White teased potential future stories with other original White Lotus cast members during the build-up to the first season, Coolidge said she didn’t know about Season 2 with Tanya until the series got a second season pickup.
White Lotus: Brand new to Sicily cast includes F.I. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli and Adam DeMarco, who play Burt di Grasso, Dominique de Grasso and Albie di Grasso, respectively – an elderly man, his son and grandson traveling together. Tom Hollander plays Quentin, an English expat who is vacationing with his friends and his nephew.
The new installment also stars married couple Cameron and Daphne Babcock (Theo James and Meghan Fahey), who are vacationing with another couple, Ethan Spiller (Will Sharp) and his wife Harper (Aubrey Plaza). Leo Woodall is Jack, a magnetic guest living at the White Lotus.
Coolidge told us this afternoon that before White Lotus, she was originally set to do another series with White, The Tears of St. Patsy, which was passed on by HBO. That, too, was a singular role for the American Pie actress and Groundling alum she envisioned.
The trip to Africa with Coolidge proved inspiring for White in producing Tanya.
“We were in the same tent on the Serengeti. He learned a lot about me on that trip. I don’t think I’m completely Tanya, but there were certain things about me that were singular, he put [the script] in there.” Granted,” Coolidge continued.
Initially, Coolidge was not committed to the White Lotus.
“We were still in covid,” she said, “a friend of mine spoke to me for making the biggest mistake of my life.”
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“Mike called me in New Orleans and said, ‘You have to be here in two weeks,'” she said. “Later when we were shooting, I was reveled in what a great part it was, how many different layers there were to play.”
“He wrote a complicated man who was actually quite damaged. A good man mingles with a girl who will do anything to take down a guy. Women do that a lot. They’re doing okay and some boys.” Show interest and they blow up something nice for a potential mate.
“I’ve seen people give me good parts. When people think you’re capable of so many different aspects of a person, it’s really a gift of a lifetime. For an actor to get a part like this; I got it twice. It’s unbelievable. I was standing under the lucky tree,” said Coolidge.
“If nothing ever happens after this, I think I’ll be fine, I’ll still be done.”
White Lotus scored 20 noms, making it the second most Emmy-nominated show this year behind HBO’s successor (25) and joining Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso.
Eight of these names were for White Lotus actors. That figure included five supporting actresses for a limited series including Connie Britton (Nicole Mosbacher), Alexandra Daddario (Rachel Patton), Natasha Rothwell (Belinda Lindsay) and Sidney Sweeney (Olivia Mosbacher) as well as three supporting/included supporting actors.
Were. Anthology series including Steve Zahn (Mark Mosbacher), Jake Lacey (Shane Patton), and Murray Bartlett (Armond).