Fans of smash hit television series, Big Little Lies
, were given an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes of the second series by writer Liane Moriarty at a Children's Medical Research Institute fundraising event in Sydney today.
Ms Moriarty was the special guest speaker at the Children’s Medical Research Institute Mother’s Luncheon, which is organised by the Hills Fundraising Committee.
More than 600 guests packed into The Hilton Sydney, to hear about the secret second series which is now being filmed in The US and stars Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep.
“My sister said to me, ‘why don’t you do the second series it will be fun’,’’ Ms Moriarty said.
“She said, ‘you could write a new character’ and that’s how I came up with Mary-Louise for Meryl Streep. It’s incredible that they got her. It’s just, it’s extraordinary.’’
Ms Moriarty was interviewed at the event by MC John Mangos about her sixth novel, Big Little Lies
, becoming a New York Times Bestseller before being turned into an award-winning television series after an approach from Nicole Kidman.
“Originally her people called my people,’’ Ms Moriarty laughed.
“We were supposed to meet at a café in Sydney and when I got there, it was closed. I thought maybe it had been closed for Nicole so I asked, with a meaningful eye, ‘are you closed for everybody’? They said yes and it was just mortifying,’’ she told the crowd with a giggle.
“She was so lovely and warm and we just talked about our children and I was trying to play it cool the whole time. Of course, I’ve ditched all my old friends for her!’’
The rest is history with Ms Moriarty and her husband walking the red carpet at the Emmy’s but she found the whole experience very grounding.
“We were in the car on the way, it was so glamorous, then we get stopped by the police who ask the driver if there was a celebrity in the back and he says no,’’ she laughs. “So, they sent us the long way! I was told many, many times that I wouldn’t be invited to all the parties and balls in all these emails. I just said, ‘okay and signed it Cinderella’.’’
Ms Moriarty said she didn’t mind her books being adapted for an American television audience but revealed her favorite, Last Anniversary
, which there had been interest in, would have to be set on the Hawkesbury in Sydney as she had intended.
“There is a bit of cultural cringe that our locations are ordinary and not exotic enough,’’ she said.
Hills Committee president Patti Payne presented a cheque to CMRI for $60,000 which was raised at last year's luncheon.
CMRI Professor Robyn Jamieson said it was so pleasing to meet people interested in research.
"It is fantastic that you are all so involved and committee to this research and all the work done at CMRI.''
The annual Children’s Medical Research Institute Mother’s Luncheon is organised by the Hills Committee as its main fundraiser for the year. It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research to help the 1 in 20 kids born with a genetic disease or birth defect. It is the research institute behind Jeans for Genes Day which is celebrating 25 years on August 3.