HBO's Big Little Lies graced TV and laptop screens in countless American homes this past winter and, unsurprisingly, made a splash at this year's Emmy Awards. The show, which was produced by lead actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, took home the award for Outstanding Limited Series.
But what seems like would be an instant hit actually stemmed from, in Kidman’s own words, a lack of great roles for the two iconic actresses (and women in general). Per the star’s acceptance speech, her friendship with Witherspoon “created opportunities out of a frustration, because we weren’t getting offered great roles,” she told the audience. This frustration is ultimately what led the two to take matters into their own hands and become producers of Big Little Lies, a show that has plenty of entertainment value but also touches on important issues, like domestic abuse.
“We are so grateful that you told your friends to watch the show,” Kidman continued. “It has been an incredible year for women. Can I just say bring women to the front of their own stories, and make them the hero of their own stories. … So now, more great roles for women, please.”
Head over to W magazine for Kidman’s full speech, and share your thoughts on the series in the comments below!