“White Lotus” finale inspired by my life

Warning: This article contains spoilers from the season 2 finale of The White Lotus.

Jennifer Coolidge has revealed how her role as fan favorite Tanya McQuiod on The White Lotus was actually inspired by her own life.

Tanya first appeared in Season 1 of the HBO series and returned in Season 2, married to Greg Hunt (Jon Gries), whom she met in Season 1. Season 2, set in Sicily, ended with the lovable character’s shocking death.

Coolidge, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of the loveable, flawed character in Season 1, admitted in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that show creator Mike White used her own personality traits to inspire the character on the show.

White, 52, and Coolidge, 61, have been friends since they met on Gentlemen Broncos in 2009 — and Coolidge admits he knows them pretty well.

“Mike sits there, he’s a brilliant guy, and he just watches people. He observed my naivety in many of my male relationships and saw how, in a very naive way, I just believed people,” Coolidge explained.

“Sometimes it’s good because I certainly don’t discriminate against anyone in any way, but I kind of open the door and sometimes I’m very slow to realize who someone was and what their intentions are.”

The ‘American Pie’ and ‘Legally Blonde’ actress admitted she believes White combined real-life situations she’s been in with people she “shouldn’t have been with at all.” to influence Tanya’s actions.

“I still want to call it naivety – otherwise I’m just stupid,” said Coolidge, laughing.

“It’s just people who put on a really good show, but they don’t really like you, deep down,” she added. “You know, I’m not one of those people who’s made millions and millions of dollars in our industry, but whenever I had, whatever I had, they were there to take it from me.”

Jennifer Coolidge
Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya McQuiod-Hunt on Season 2 of The White Lotus.
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In the season 2 finale of “White Lotus,” viewers learned that Tanya was being conspired against and taken advantage of for money, reflecting Coolidge’s point of view.

She continued, “And my forgetfulness, my forgetful nature, not seeing the writing on the wall and actually denying any sign that something was wrong, I was denying it. I think that happens to a lot of people, but I definitely think Mike noticed that and made it part of the script.”

Jennifer Coolidge in Season 1 of "The White Lotus."
Jennifer Coolidge in Season 1 of The White Lotus.

But Coolidge believes Tanya’s death makes sense for the character’s life.

“She was very vulnerable for quite a bit of this show. And sometimes it just doesn’t work well for vulnerable people in a world with some really bad people,” she said. “Even though Tanya was a very flawed person and in many ways you could say she wasn’t nice and self centered and all that but some people are surrounded by a group of people in this life and it’s very hard at times to know who the good guys and the bad guys in this world. Poor Tanya, she miscalculated.”

Ultimately, Coolidge believed that Tanya had to die to fit into the story White was trying to tell.

“This was an episode about women and all that they have to endure and all their survival techniques that are revealed in it,” she said. “But everyone’s just trying to survive when all this mean stuff is going on. how do you deal with betrayal It’s hard to deal with betrayal in a normal, well-adapted way because it’s so hard to deal with.”

Jennifer Coolidge speaks as she accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie "The White Lotus"
Jennifer Coolidge speaks as she accepts the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for “The White Lotus” on September 12, 2022.
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Coolidge also shared that there were a few people who didn’t believe Tanya had actually died and she had to break the disturbing news to them.

“They thought it was a dream even though I was in a body bag. They kind of thought it was all in Tanya’s head or whatever. They didn’t understand that I was dead forever. Dead in every way,” she said. “And then I had to watch and listen to their reactions and be like, ‘Oh, really? Oh no!’ I was just surprised they didn’t find out it was real until this morning.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/13/jennifer-coolidge-white-lotus-finale-inspired-by-my-life/ “White Lotus” finale inspired by my life

Emma Bowman

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