Jennifer Coolidge On ‘White Lotus’ Season 2: “It’s Even More Complicated Than The First”

“I’m still Tanya,” white Lotus Star Jennifer Coolidge “I’m still messed up,” TODAY told Deadline about the Sicilian-set Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated series.

Coolidge received the first Primetime Emmy nomination of her career today, becoming one of five supporting actresses for Mike White to move up a notch from the HBO limited series. She is the only cast member to reprise her role from season one. White Lotus: Sicily, Which he recently completed shooting.

In Season 2, as previously reported, Coolidge’s wealthy, but complex, Tanya McQuaid, is traveling with her young employee, Portia, played by Haley Lou Richardson. The series was shot at the San Domenico Palace, Taormina, a Four Seasons hotel.

Coolidge tells 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 in Italy. It wasn’t just the scene I was in, but any scene I happened to be in.”

While White teased possible future stories with other origins white Lotus During the build-up to the first season, Coolidge stated that she was not aware of Season 2 with Tanya until the series received a second season pick-up.

brand new cast for White Lotus: Sicily In this F. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli and Adam DeMarco, who play Burt di Grasso, Dominic 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, played by Theo James and Meghan Fahy, 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, St. Patsy’s Tears, Which HBO passed. that was also a singular role he imagined American Pie Actress and Groundlings alum.

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 a complete Tanya, but there were certain things about me that were cynical, they put[the script]in there.” Granted,” Coolidge continues.

Initially, Coolidge was not going to commit White lotus.

“We were still in Covid,” she says, “that a friend of mine spoke to me for making the biggest mistake of my life.”

“Mike called me in New Orleans and said you have to be here in two weeks,” she continued.

“Later when we were shooting, I was reveled in what a great part it was, how many different layers there were to play,” Coolidge says.

“You wait your whole life for an opportunity, and you can blow it up. It happens to people,” she says of almost attending.

“He wrote A Complicated Person Who Was Really Damaged. A good man mingles with a girl who will do anything to bring down a guy. Women do that a lot. They’re doing well 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,” says 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 succession (25) and AppleTV+’s . join with Ted Lasso. eight of those names were for white Lotus actor. 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).

“What a wonderful victory; What a great way to wake up,” Coolidge said, “that all those nominees are given great portions and recognition — it just goes to show what Mike knows.”