When Reese Witherspoon
first read Celeste Ng
’s 2017 novel “Little Fires Everywhere
,” she was struck by the very many complex themes around motherhood and womanhood, as well as race and class portrayed within the pages. In wanting to adapt it for the screen through her Hello Sunshine banner, she knew she needd a true partner with whom she could have “many conversations” and would “actually…show up and do the work,” she said at the Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for the Hulu
limited series Friday.
In looking for someone who would share “equal parts and equal responsibility and leadership” entered Kerry Washington
. Both women star in the adaptation and also executive produce.
“As producers we get to employ hundreds and hundreds of artists and activisits and we can do that in environments that are safe and embody our values,” Washington noted.
Added Witherspoon: “Choices used to be made for me a lot.