Season 2 of The White Lotus arrived on HBO and HBO Max, with episodes airing every Sunday night at 9 p.m.
The second installment of the comedy-drama features a new collection of characters and a different setting, with guests making their reservations at the White Lotus Hotel in Sicily.
However, there are two familiar faces from Season 1 who have returned for new episodes of the anthology series and fans of The White Lotus can’t wait to see what happens next.
Jennifer Coolidge reprises her role as wealthy but troubled Tanya McQuoid, which won her an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress earlier this year.
In season 1, Tanya was mourning the death of her mother and struggling with grief in Hawaii. This time around, audiences will see Tanya in a different light, but with the same chaotic energy.
Coolidge said Newsweek: “Someone like Tanya, she hides behind her grief and, at the first white lotushe is someone who has had such a heavy burden to bear for a very long time, concerning the death of his mother.
“Sometimes you think when you take that away, things are good. ‘I met this guy that I really love, heartbreak… I spread my mother’s ashes, and I’m able to get over it. go out.’ Sometimes you realize it’s just the tip of the iceberg for a whole new thing. I mean, people are unpredictable, and relationships are so unpredictable and the chances of a relationship working out are sometimes very slim.
Jon Gries also returns for Season 2 as Tanya’s love interest Greg. His return will be more surprising to audiences because, at the end of Season 1, Greg was apparently dying of a mysterious illness.
Greg’s return even surprised the actor who plays him. Gray said Newsweek“I remember I had a conversation with Mike [White, the show’s creator] during the first season, when we were filming, and he was like, ‘You know, Tanya and Greg might have to come back for season 2.’ I said, ‘How can Greg come back for season 2?’ I was literally playing he was dying, because Mike wasn’t telling me.”
Gries suggested his character “is going to be dead”, but White told him, “You can’t tell me he’s going to be dead. You didn’t write that. I wrote that.”
A few months later, Gries added, “Just before Christmas, he texted me. I was just sitting down, eating in a restaurant, and it was like, ‘Hey, I’m writing this. And are you available?’ And I was like, ‘Are you kidding? Of course I’m available.'”
He joked, “It’s an amazing feeling to come back and work with my lovely wife.”
Coolidge revealed that she had to keep Greg’s return a secret and pretend she was the only character returning for season 2.
She joked: “Looks like I was doing Jon an injustice [Gries] because people were like, “We hear you’re the only character coming back” and I should be like, “Yeah, yeah.” I just had to tell a lie but, of course, my husband is back and now we’re into a whole new thing.”
In Season 1, the seemingly unremarkable Greg and the fabulously spoiled Tanya fell head over heels in love at the White Lotus resort in Hawaii and when the audience sees them in Season 2, they are married.
The couple go on a romantic trip to Sicily, but cracks begin to appear in their relationship.
In Season 2, it is also revealed that Greg miraculously survived after Tanya paid for his treatment. Suddenly, he has a new breath, which does not always bode well for their marriage.
Coolidge said: “I think his near-death experience may have humiliated him for half a second, but now he feels good. He’s got a lot of work to do. That’s the thing, when you sign up for someone, sometimes you have no idea what you’re getting at, some people are just…”
She teased, “You think they’re only in love with you…but sometimes people are complicated and, you know, they can be a lot of things.”
Gries said, “It’s all about expectations, because everyone loves people. They love them in different ways.”
The White Lotus airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.