Heather Mason
August 15, 2017 5:35 pm
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / Courtesy of HBO

Season 1 of HBO’s Big Little Lies was about more than just murder and intrigue — although we love both of those things in our TV. Big Little Lies centered on a group of women who all had different life experiences and were v. relatable. And Reese Witherspoon recently said that her own life experiences helped her relate to basically every woman on Big Little Lies.

Season 1 told the stories of Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), and Renata (Laura Dern). They are five women who ultimately have each other’s backs when nothing goes as planned.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Witherspoon discussed how she prepared (or didn’t have to prepare) for the role of Madeline…

And how her real-life experiences informed all of that.

And the other actresses on the show?

They drew upon real-life experiences as well:

It’s clear when watching Big Little Lies that friendship is at the heart of the show, so it’s pretty cool to see the actresses became friends IRL too. Now we’re even more excited for Season 2!