Over its two seasons, the anthology series has featured a rotating stellar cast that includes Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, Sidney Sweeney, Lucas Gage, Aubrey Plaza – and Haley Lu Richardson.
In the second season, Haley plays a character named Portia, a privileged Gen Xer who initially tries to find her life’s purpose while on vacation in picturesque Italy while working as a personal assistant to Jennifer Coolidge’s character, Tanya. spends time complaining about
Portia gets sucked into a sinister and ingrained criminal world of the wealthy – a world filled with “old money” grifters. She is then molested, kidnapped, dumped by her love interest, and sent back to the States, after which she remains largely unscathed and unchanged in, yes, her privileges. because of.
on variety just for variety podcast, Haley talked about the “insufferable” character she played on the show and how she was dubbed as the “villain” of the show on social media.
Haley said of the experience of working on a show, “I’ve never been in that position before, so it hurt.” White lotus, “There were probably the first few episodes where I was seeing Portia and me with certain things and reactions that I was taking personally or that I wasn’t entirely sure how to take or process it.”
Haley said, “The one thing that I thought was really unfair and perverse were people saying she was terrible or that she was the real villain of the season.”
“There’s no way you can look at that young lady and be like, ‘She’s the most awful thing on this show.’ People who think that should go for therapy,” she said.
“The whole purpose of the show is to get people talking,” Haley said at Collider’s Ladies Night. “She’s a fictional character, and all of these people have opinions.” He continued, “But I really [wished] I had a Twitter so I could be a part of these conversations. Like, there were so many tweets where I was like, ‘Oh my god,’ I just want to react!”
I must say, there were too many bad villains in the season to label Portia as the main villain.