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Interview: Meghann Fahy on Unpacking the Mysteries of Daphne 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 its very worthwhile additions is Meghann Fahy, who plays Daphne, wife to chauvinistic moneyman Cameron (Theo James). Their Sicily vacation allows Daphne to bond with Harper (Aubrey Plaza) as Cameron chips away at her increasingly fragile marriage to his best friend Ethan (Will Sharpe).

Awards Radar had the chance to speak to Fahy about what attracted her to the role of Daphne, whose arc brought her into focus only as the season was coming to an end:

“I just immediately loved her warmth and how complicated she ends up being. That was so fun, to play a character that was so nuanced…I think the show in general is meant to be a slow burn, so I feel like we feel that way about all the characters, but I do think that Daphne has an especially interesting unraveling, or the more layers that are revealed about her as the show goes on, the more you’re like, wait, who is this girl? I thought I had her pegged. And you just can’t.”

She also reflected on filming one of the season’s most subtly shocking scenes between Daphne and Harper:

“It was written in the script as, she shows a photo of her kids and it’s exactly what she described her trainer to be. It didn’t say it in those words, it just described the kids. I remember putting it together in the moment, being like, oh my god, is that what we’re saying here? It absolutely is what we were saying there. That was actually one of my favorite scenes to shoot, just because Mike wrote it in this way where it seems subtle, but then it’s also really blatant somehow. He balances that in this way where half of my friends got it, and half of my friends thought she was saying something completely different, and I thought that was by design, which was pretty cool.”

Watch the full conversation below:

Seasons one and two of The White Lotus are streaming on HBO Max/Max.


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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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