Beatrice Grannò can describe The White Lotus season two finale with one phrase: “Genius.”
Like the primary season, The White Lotus season two, which airs its finale on December 11, follows a gaggle of vacationers, staff and locals over the course of every week at a fictional luxurious White Lotus resort in Sicily, which ends within the dying of 1 (or extra) characters. Grannò performs Mia, an area aspiring singer who, alongside along with her pal, Lucia, sneak into the White Lotus the place they con their manner into free meals, drinks, garments and rooms from unsuspecting friends. However, very similar to different characters in The White Lotus, not the whole lot is because it appears, and beneath Mia and Lucia’s grifter conduct are actual desires and must transcend the fabric.
“What I cherished about Mia is she began off as a very totally different individual. She’s so blocked. She has this little prime and a jean skirt. She’s very scared,” Grannò tells StyleCaster on a Zoom name from her dwelling in Rome every week earlier than the finale. “Then she finds her energy in some way, which isn’t simply of her physique, however her strategy to be a supervisor of herself. She’s younger. She makes errors. She’s very clumsy. She’s comfortable, however sturdy on the similar time.”
Forward, Grannò talks to StyleCaster about how she was solid in The White Lotus season two, the solid member she’s recognized for greater than 10 years and her response to the “stunning” ending.
What do you keep in mind out of your audition for The White Lotus?
I watched the primary season, and I cherished it very a lot. Once I obtained the audition for the second season, I watched it once more. I keep in mind pondering, “This may’t be! I really like this present.” The primary audition was a self tape. I despatched it in. It was exactly a 12 months in the past. Then after Christmas, in January, Mike White arrived in Rome. He picked some actors he wished to fulfill in individual and I used to be one in all them. I did one other audition, and I needed to sing a track. I introduced my ukulele as a result of I wished to have my very own instrument. Then I did one scene, and that was it. Ten minutes. I left. Two days later, my agent referred to as me saying Mike White and HBO actually wished me within the present. I used to be so excited and blissful. One week later, I used to be already on set. It occurred so quick. I obtained the script, I learn it and I discovered I needed to play all of the songs. I began engaged on my music, enjoying the piano on daily basis. I additionally introduced my keyboard in Taormina, and it was in my room, so I used to be in a position to follow.
It’s a really chaotic present. I really like that it was set in Italy as a result of Italy will be fairly chaotic.
What have been the songs you sang in your audition?
I sang “That’s Amore” on the audition in presence, and within the self tape, I did “The Finest Issues in Life Are Free.” They selected them for me. I used to be laughing about it as a result of I used to be pondering, “Sure, after all. I’m Italian, I’m singing ‘That’s Amore.’” However it is smart. The White Lotus talks about American vacationers and wealthy Individuals going to this place. So in Italy, it’s what they wish to hear. “That’s Amore.” It’s the standard Italian picture.
Numerous Mia’s scenes are with Lucia, who’s performed by Simona Tobasco. Do you keep in mind the primary time you met one another?
The primary time I met Simona was 10 years in the past. We have been auditioning for a similar drama faculty and we had two first steps. The third one was the place we stayed one month within the faculty auditioning to get in. We have been each actually younger. She was the funniest lady I’ve ever met. We laughed lots. She was loopy. Then I didn’t get into the college, however she obtained in. So I moved to London and obtained into drama faculty in London. We spent 4 years aside. However then I obtained again to Italy and we met once more on an Italian sequence. Then we turned nearer and nearer till The White Lotus. I keep in mind one of many first occasions I met her, we have been at college and I met her in the bathroom. She informed me, “Beatrice, for this audition, I wish to do a scene the place I cry as a result of I like to be a dramatic actress.” I keep in mind her saying that to me, and I used to be laughing as a result of she’s so humorous.
Did you each know you have been auditioning for The White Lotus?
We knew we have been doing the self tape. Then I obtained referred to as for a callback, and I stated, “I’m not going to say something to Simona as a result of possibly she didn’t get a callback. Or possibly she obtained a name again, however she already knew.” We didn’t wish to create that dynamic. I sort of suspected she was referred to as for a callback too, however I used to be simply focused on myself. Additionally we have been each very excited, so I used to be afraid of going, “Oh! We each obtained a callback! Sure!” Each of us wished to be very right down to earth, and never go loopy. So we didn’t say something to one another. Then I keep in mind I did the audition with Mike White. A couple of days later, I talked to my agent, and I stated, “Do you’ve any information about The White Lotus?” He stated, “OK, I’m gonna let you know this, nevertheless it’s not confirmed but. You and Simona are the favorites.” I stated, “What!” However then he stated, “Don’t inform Simona as a result of it’s not confirmed but, and I do know her. She’s gonna be so blissful and we have to simply relax.” Then the following day, Simona referred to as me. I noticed she was calling me and I used to be pondering, “What am I going to say to her?” Then she referred to as me and stated, “Why don’t you inform me issues? I discovered!” The subsequent day, we had the affirmation, and he or she really was the one who informed me as a result of my agent referred to as me, however I didn’t hear my telephone. So he referred to as Simona, after which he stated, “Say this to Beatrice.” So she referred to as me. We did a FaceTime. It was late. It was midnight. We have been actually blissful.
How related are the characters in The White Lotus to vacationers you’ve seen in Italy?
There are positively similarities by way of eager to have the actual Italian expertise. It was actually humorous to see Jennifer Coolidge being obsessive about occurring a vespa. I see that in Rome lots. The streets in Rome, we name it sampietrini. Many of the streets have these sort of stones. They’re disconnected from one another. So occurring a vespa is just not as good. It’s humorous how some vacationers are actually obsessive about that because the Italian expertise. I feel it’s fairly correct. However I don’t assume this sequence is about them going to Italy. Italy is only a good atmosphere and contest they’re put in.
What was your response whenever you learn the intercourse scene between Mia and Valentina in episode six?
I keep in mind studying that after which going to web page one and asking, “How can we get there?” She was so harmless. What I cherished about Mia is she began off as a very totally different individual. She’s so blocked. She has this little prime and a jean skirt. She’s very scared. Then she finds her energy in some way, which isn’t simply of her physique, however her strategy to be a supervisor of herself. She’s younger. She makes errors. She’s very clumsy. However on the similar time, she’s very candy. She’s at all times smiling. She’s comfortable, however sturdy on the similar time. The primary time I learn she was going to seduce the supervisor, I believed it was nice for therefore many causes. First, you don’t at all times see feminine pleasure informed on display screen. On the similar time, I cherished it as a result of it wasn’t written as her being sexual to her. It was far more of a pal serving to a pal. It’s like, ‘I’m right here. You assist me, I make it easier to.’ Mia says, ‘I wish to provide you with a present.’ It’s by no means sexual.
What have been Mia’s intentions with serving to Valentina?
It’s humorous that you simply ask that as a result of that scene with Sabrina [Impacciatore] was the scene I did the audition with Mike. Earlier than doing the scene, I requested Mike, “So she’s doing this as a result of she desires to play the piano. She’s manipulating her or is she being good?” He stated, “A little bit little bit of each.” I stated, “What do you imply? It’s like, sure, she desires to do one thing good for her, however on the similar time, she desires to get one thing for herself. I believed it was a great way to explain Italianity. I don’t wish to say one thing dangerous about Italy, however Italian folks, they at all times sort of get what they need. I invite you to my restaurant. I provide you with free wine. I provide you with free meals and you’re my greatest pal now. However they do this in order that tomorrow, you come again. It’s the identical sort of factor. She’s doing it as a result of she desires to have the ability to play the piano on the lodge, but in addition she’s doing one thing good for her and he or she’s real about it.
What was your response whenever you discovered who the killer was and who the lifeless our bodies have been?
I learn the script the primary day I obtained it. I used to be very shocked. However I’m not going to say something.
You knew from the start?
They despatched me the entire script by day one as a result of I needed to know what my character arc was. That’s how they did it, so I knew it instantly.
Did you want realizing from the start?
For me as an actress, as a way to do a great job, as a way to inform a narrative that made sense, I have to know the whole lot as a result of I have to know the place I’m going, the place I’m beginning and the place I’m arriving. Additionally when you must movie a sequence, you by no means movie scene by scene. You possibly movie the final one after which the primary one so there was no level for me to not discover out.
Had been there any characters you wished Mia to have scenes with that she didn’t?
Everybody. I solely have scenes with Giuseppe, Valentina and Lucia. I want I had the possibility to go deeper with different characters, however the factor is Mia doesn’t communicate English very nicely. There was no level for her to create that storyline. However I want possibly sooner or later I’ll have the possibility to work once more with a few of them.
I don’t assume this sequence is about them going to Italy. Italy is only a good atmosphere and contest they’re put in.
Who did you change into shut with from the solid?
I turned shut with Haley [Lu Richardson], with Adam [DiMarco], with Aubrey [Plaza]. It was primarily me, Simona, Aubrey, Meghann [Fahy], Adam and Haley. It’s just about everybody. We’re generally exchanging teams. Perhaps I’d spend a day with some folks after which we alter and go someplace else. We’re all very shut. We have been at all times collectively. We have been staying all in the identical lodge. We spent a lot time collectively. We obtained to know one another. We had dinner. We had events.
What do you assume the theme of season two is?
I feel it’s chaos and misunderstandings. There’s one thing about breaking the equilibrium of issues. I feel it’s about breaking issues as a way to repair it. It’s a really chaotic present. I really like that it was set in Italy as a result of Italy will be fairly chaotic.
What do you assume the season is attempting to say about intercourse and relationships?
I don’t assume it’s attempting to say something, as a result of I don’t assume it has that model of “I wish to clarify you this.” However it positively portrays intercourse as a strategy to be highly effective or much less highly effective. There are such a lot of issues that may occur whenever you contact that world. For instance, Harper and Ethan haven’t any intimacy compared with Daphne and Cameron, who’ve it lots, however on the similar time, there are such a lot of different issues. Harper and Ethan, they love one another a lot. They’re so trustworthy with one another and so they sort of broke the sexual stress. It’s attention-grabbing to see how generally sexuality is totally different from relationships. They’re two separate issues generally. Two folks can love one another and haven’t any intercourse or can hate one another and have a terrific intercourse life. Additionally with Lucia’s character, the best way she isn’t a sufferer. The best way Mia opens as much as that as a result of she’s blocked. With Valentina, she discovers her sexuality and a strategy to be blissful and have pleasure.
Jennifer Coolidge’s character, Tanya, was in each season one and two. If Mia survives this season, how do you assume she will be in future seasons of The White Lotus?
If she survives, I feel it could be wonderful to have her come again and possibly tour the White Lotuses. However it could be boring. I’m going there and it’s me on the piano. If I survive and if I’m going again, I want I may have one thing totally different. You by no means know. Perhaps a cameo can be enjoyable of me showing someplace, enjoying the piano. I don’t know. We’ll see.
The White Lotus is out there to stream on HBO Max.
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