Interview: Leo Woodall on Getting to Know All Sides of Jack in ‘The White Lotus’

HBO’s The White Lotus boasts an entirely new cast for its second, Italy-set season, with two notable exceptions. Among the most entertaining additions is Leo Woodall, who plays the charming Jack, who sweeps Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) off her feet while being loyal to his Uncle Quentin (Tom Hollander).

Awards Radar had the chance to speak Woodall about just how much he knew about his character beforehand, and how he dealt with the darker sides of the initially pleasant Brit. Please be sure to have watched the entire season two before reading or listening.

“I didn’t really know that it gets dark with him until I read the episodes, because at the beginning it was just fun-going, this sort of drunken love rat who causes a bit of trouble. But then I remember Mike [White] telling me after I booked the gig, he has a scene in episode six where he gets darker… As I was reading, I thought, oh my god, he’s going to kill her. I’m kind of glad he didn’t though. I’m very glad he didn’t.”

On working with Hollander and unexpected twists, Woodall shared:

“I’d seen him in a couple of things. I loved him in everything I had seen him in. The main one, I think, was probably About Time. I think he’s brilliant in that. He’s a bit of a national treasure here in some ways. Everybody knows who Tom Hollander is. So I was already excited to work with him. I had to keep it in for eight months that I shagged him as well. I really wanted to tell some people, but I didn’t tell anyone, because I just knew their faces when they realize that I’m having sex with Tom Hollander, it would have just blown their head off.”

Listen to the full conversation below.

The White Lotus is streaming on HBO Max.


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