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'Big Little Lies' Stars Cover Elle's Women in TV Issue

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The actresses will be feted alongside other powerful forces of nature in the TV biz at an exclusive Elle event on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles.

Elle has just unveiled four February covers featuring the stars of HBO's upcoming Big Little Lies — Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon along with Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz. To mark the occasion, Pret-a-Reporter caught up with Elle's editor-in-chief Robbie Myers for her take on the quartet of stars featured in this latest package, all from a magazine that remains committed to spotlighting women on the small screen. 

This package is so indicative of what’s happening on TV right now. With HBO’s Big Little Lies, there are two starlets and two Oscar-winning actresses. Two still working their way through Hollywood backed by diverse resumes featuring indie and studio projects, and they're paired with two veterans who don’t have to do TV but here they are. What do you think that says about TV? Or women in Hollywood?

Elle's February issue is full of some of the most powerful women in the industry, including our four cover stars, of course. We structured the stories in such a way as to capture the dynamic between them all, and it’s really remarkable how supportive and protective they are of each other. I'm not going to be the first person to remark on the possibilities of late for women on television — women showrunners, directors, producers, talent, etc. It’s a medium that seems to more fully embrace it.

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Why have you been so committed to putting the spotlight on the small screen?

Our mission is really women who make the culture — for better or for worse — and in many ways, TV has come further along than most industries in embracing a woman’s point of view on things, particularly sex and power. I know that the actual statistics are fairly dismal when it comes to who's running things, but as a viewer I see many more diverse female points of view than we did even five years ago. And the point is not just to recognize and celebrate the work of creative women, which we think is plenty worthy on its own, but to hear from them on their subject of their work, something that is really meaningful to most people. And, of course, when you put all the smart, powerful women in a room, stuff happens.

What are your favorite TV shows? What’s the last show you binge-watched?

Now? Right this second? Game of Thrones, The Crown, Insecure, This Week with George Stephanopoulos (and Martha Raddatz), This is Us, The Affair, Billions, Scandal — can't wait — Atlanta, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Chelsea Handler's Netflix show, UnReal. The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy seem to always been on some device somewhere in my houses.

You come to L.A. a lot for events. What do you love about L.A. and/or hosting these dinners?

L.A. is a town full of really smart people. Non-Angelenos love to make fun of it for all the interesting plastic surgery and its utter dependence on cars. The last time I went for a walk when I was here — from my hotel to another neighborhood — two different people pulled over and asked if I was OK, did I need help or did my car break down? I thought it was very neighborly of them, but like New York, L.A. is full of educated, erudite women with ambition and nutty ideas and great creativity and resources. I love coming to Los Angeles to celebrate the amazing women who populate our covers and power lists, and it’s not true that everyone already knows everyone else in town. As with our Women in D.C. event, and tech too, I find they’re usually very grateful for the chance to talk to one another, off the record. In the beginning we got a lot of “why do I have to be a “women in” anything? I just want to be a great person in Hollywood? But not any more. That's really been replaced by a sense of urgency that women need to connect to make things happen, because as happy and cheerful as we all feel in that room, the balance of power in the industry, or the world, is never actually balanced. It’s totally lopsided and nobody is going to just give it to us. We have to earn it and take it.  

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