Interview: Natasha Rothwell on Acting Opposite Jennifer Coolidge and the Reaction to ‘The White Lotus’

HBO’s The White Lotus, which picked up a whopping twenty Emmy nominations, is described as a social satire, featuring a group of wealthy guests at a Hawaiian resort. One of the standout members of the cast, and a nominee for Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, is Natasha Rothwell, who portrays Belinda, the spa manager who befriends Jennifer Coolidge’s high-maintenance guest and works with the frazzled resort manager, Armand (Murray Bartlett).

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Rothwell about getting to be a part of this show and her own comedy – and drama – roots. Upon hearing that Coolidge, in our interview from last year, had called her “very organized” and predicted that she might be running a studio someday, Rothwell responded: 

“Well, I hope to cash the check she wrote in those comments, for sure. No, we are very different in approach for sure, and I think that it worked together and blended. I’m very much the student, I’m very much type A. I think we both benefited from each other’s strong suits.”

On viewers who watch and don’t quite grasp that this show is meant to be a satire, Rothwell reflected:

“For individuals that watch it and just don’t get it, what I’ve observed, at least from a distance on social media, is that there is the predisposition not to identify with any of the characters, because they don’t see themselves that way. I feel like the audiences that are the most engaged have been provoked to self-reflect about how they move through the world, and how they behave on vacation… for those that watch and just feel like it’s completely alien, I would encourage them to dig a little deeper.”

Watch the full conversation below:

Season one of The White Lotus is available to stream on HBO Max.


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