‘The White Lotus’ star Connie Britton has earned a fifth Emmy nomination, this time for her performance as Nicole Mossbacher, a wealthy guest at the exclusive Hawaiian hotel. Recently, she sat down with The – to talk about reuniting and working with series creator Mike White and how they worked together to shape her character following her initial concerns during the script reading.
Britton had previously starred – opposite Salma Hayek – in the feature ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ which White also wrote, and so was more than eager to sign on to her HBO series. But as she explained, the cutting edge in her mind was to make sure her character had her own sense of drive throughout the series.
“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Mike about this,” she said, “because women can be called very reactive. When I first read the script, I was concerned that she was somehow reacting to the fact that everyone else in her family had their own journey. We really focused on making sure Nicole was on her own path.
At the same time, Britton recognized the need for balance, acknowledging that in real life, women do often end up meeting the needs of others rather than their own. “That’s actually what happens with the women I know,” she continued. “We end up feeling like we’re just being told that we have to react to everyone and care about what’s important to everyone, and our needs are kind of subjugated.” She continued, “It was interesting to take that effect and incorporate it into the character, who on paper seems to have it all together. But in fact, she is also trying to find her sense of self and deal with this blind denial she has of her own sense of entitlement and privilege.
Production for the series took place during the pandemic, a circumstance that Britton says amplified the bonding process for her and her collaborators among the cast and crew. “It was during the height of COVID, so we hadn’t been around anyone. It suddenly became our family. And we were all working towards one intention. There was something about doing this at this particular time and place that made me feel like I had never done anything else before.
Nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Film category, Britton is up for the same award as her ‘White Lotus’ co-stars Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Natasha Rothwell and Sydney. Sweeney. Previously, she was nominated for lead actress for her roles in “Nashville,” “American Horror Story,” and “Friday Night Lights.” Next, she’s set to reunite with “Friday Night Lights” creator Jason Katims for the Apple series “Dear Edward.”
Season 2 of “The White Lotus” is slated to premiere in October, though of season 1’s series regulars, only Coolidge will return.