‘Big Little Lies’ takes aim at typical female roles in Hollywood

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz are teaming up for a new HBO miniseries that challenges the typical roles reserved for women in Hollywood.

Their new show “Big Little Lies” —  an “adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, a murder mystery wrapped up in a story about five women, all moms of first-graders,” according to USA Today — provides not only what’s sure to be an interesting plot, it also provides complex female characters that the actresses hope will influence future roles for women.

“The real amazing part was really digging deep into the lives of women,” Witherspoon told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to CNN. “It wasn’t about [the characters] being good or bad, [the script] showed every spectrum and every color of women’s lives.”

For Kidman, a co-producer on the series with Witherspoon, says the project has a strong theme of “women helping women,” something that CNN says is just as important to Witherspoon.

“I’m passionate [about producing] because things have to change,” Witherspoon said, according to CNN. “We have to start seeing women as they really are on film…We need to see things because we as human beings learn from art and what can you do if you never see it reflected? I feel like women of incredible talent [are constantly]playing wives and girlfriends … I’ve just had enough.”

“Big Little Lies” premieres on HBO on Feb. 19.

Standing Tall

Standing tall doesn’t just mean standing up straight and owning your full height. It also means owning who you are and being unapologetically yourself — at least that’s what actress Nicole Kidman has come to learn.

The Huffington Post reports that when Kidman spoke at the Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards dinner on Tuesday, she told of the “constant struggle for her to work towards accepting — and liking — her height.” She went on to urge women to “‘stand tall and never apologize for it,'” a sentiment meant to be applied not only to your stature but also to your soul.

Kidman also revealed her struggles with accepting her own power. She said, “‘”I was afraid of my own power, afraid that it would threaten people, intimidate people. And it’s a great sadness wishing to be less than you actually are. And it’s hard to take on the world when you’re constantly in a battle with yourself. I worked through it…I’m working through it.'”

But, Kidman explained that she was able to (and still works to) overcome these obstacles, learning how to be comfortable in her own skin without doubting herself or placing precedence on others’ opinions.

This speech allows us to see a side of Kidman (and probably countless other actresses and celebrities) that we do not often see – here, we see self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of judgement and attempts to overcome all of them. It shows us that even those who we consider to be the most put-together and accomplished among us also have struggles, just as we do. And out of those struggles come valuable lessons, lessons of self-worth and self-acceptance beneficial to women of all ages.

Thank you, Nicole Kidman. You are truly living the inspired life.