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"Mary Louise is my actual legal name," Streep said during a panel discussion at The Wing SoHo on Wednesday.Streep said she joined the project without reading a script and thought the first season of the show "was the greatest thing on TV." 
Nicole Kidman, who was also on the panel, first revealed Moriarty's "secret" to landing Streep back in February. "That was Liane Moriarty. That was her telepathic message to you Meryl, because [the cast] did not know that. We did not know that that was your name," Kidman said. "Liane wrote the novella and said, 'Get me Meryl Streep.'"Kidman called the new season "jaw-dropping."'Big Little Lies' Season 2 already looks criminally goodStreep praised the complex portrayal of the women in the series and said that "Big Little Lies" viewers will see her character head into a "dark place" following the murder of her son. "Her son is dead. I thank God I don't have that experience, but imagining it, just going into the dark place of imagining it. That feeling of protecting him while he's gone is still there. [The] motherhood never stops," she explained. Streep also thanked Kidman and co-star Reese Witherspoon for having the foresight to option the book rights for the screen in 2014. "I was of a generation that waited to be asked to dance and I'm so admiring of you for getting on the balls of your feet and looking for material," Streep told Witherspoon, who also sat on the panel. A giddy Witherspoon then asked Read More – Source

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