The White Lotus kicked off its star-studded second season last night with a little help from Laura Dern.
Dern, who notably collaborated with White Lotus creator Mike White on Enlightened nearly a decade ago, lent her voice to a revealing scene. Dominic (Michael Imperioli) calls his (almost certainly ex) wife to check in on her after kicking off his trip to Sicily, and it becomes very obvious very quickly that she has no interest in speaking to him.
The Big Little Lies star delivers a top-notch voice performance on the other end of the phone, breaking down and throwing some memorable expletives his way. While we don't find out exactly what it is that Dominic did to her, it's safe to say the two are done. Unfortunately for fans, this might mean no more phone calls to Laura Dern for the duration of The White Lotus's second season, though anything is possible.
Viewers were also thrilled by Dern's cameo in the series, crossing their fingers that she might show up in later installments. "That Laura Dernn voice cameo in the White Lotus premiere better be an appetizer to her appearance later this season," one wrote.
Unsurprisingly Laura Dern stole #TheWhiteLotus S2 premiere with just her voice.— Zack Sharf (@ZSharf) October 31, 2022
That Laura Dern voice cameo in the WHITE LOTUS premiere better be an appetizer to her appearance later this season.— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) October 31, 2022
the voice on the phone in last night's white lotus was laura dern. powerful.— Connor Lounsbury (@ConnorLounsbury) October 31, 2022
The White Lotus airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
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