HBO isn’t letting Poorna Jagannathan get away.
After her stint in the cable’s 2016 limited series “The Night Of,” the actress has been cast in a recurring role in another one of HBO‘s star-studded and award-winning show “Big Little Lies.”
She will play a character named Katie Richmond but more details are being kept under wraps. Jagannathan joins returning season 1 cast members Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, Merrin Dungey, Adam Scott, Jeffrey Nordling, Additionally, Meryl Streep also joined the second season cast a few weeks ago along with Kathryn Newton, Crystal Fox, and Sarah Sokolovic.
In its first season, based on a novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, five rich women living in Monterrey become embroiled in a murder investigation. The episodes deal with issues like domestic and sexual abuse, infidelity, and the difficulties of parenting. It swept through award season, winning an Emmy for Best Limited Series, with Kidman and Dern both winning trophies for their performance, as well. Season 2, which is currently shooting, will be about the aftermath of the events in season 1 and will roll out in 2019.
Jagannathan joins a clear winner of a TV show, something she is pretty much used to. In the award-winning drama “The Night Of,” she played Safar Khan, the mother of Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan (Riz Ahmed). Naz is arrested for allegedly murdering a woman he went out on a date with. Jagannathan was terrific in her nuanced portrayal of a grieving, confused mother. Her TV credits include “Gypsy,” “House of Cards,” and “Royal Pains.”
She made her Bollywood debut opposite Imran Khan in 2011’s “Delhi Belly.” She produced a play called “Nirbhaya,” in the memory of a horrific rape victim in India, and through her act, she advocates for women’s rights and to break the silence surrounding sexual assault and violence, all taboo topics in India.
Jagannathan’s performances have always been gritty and excellent. We can’t wait to see what she brings to “Big Little Lies.”