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30 Times the ‘Big Little Lies’ Cast Were BFFs IRL

While the ladies of Big Little Lies have had a complicated relationship with each other, nothing could be further from the truth about their relationships off-screen. The Monterey Five, which consists of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley seem to have nothing but love and admiration for one another. And now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast, the lovefest is even bigger. Here, a look into all the times that the cast of Big Little Lies were BFFs IRL.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern

Before starring in Big Little Lies together, the inseparable pair met on the set of 2014’s Wild. Dern played Witherspoon’s mom in the movie, and the rest is history.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern

“Every time Laura’s on a movie that I’m not in, I’m jealous. I’m having FOMO [fear of missing out]. How dare she do Star Wars without me?” —Reese Witherspoon, The New York Times

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Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley

In celebration of Galentine’s Day, Witherspoon took to Instagram to show how much love she has for her co-stars, going so far as calling them her sisters.

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Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley

“Our crew right now, on Big Little Lies, is great. There are so many women on our set—it’s so cool. I feel a different kind of energy, this feminine energy. Not only because the cast is dominated by women, but also because props and costume and grips and lighting and camera operators are too. My experience doing all my emotional scenes, I’ve never felt so safe and supported. It’s really allowing me to go to a deeper place.” Zoë Kravitz, Harper’s Bazaar

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Zoë Kravitz and Reese Witherspoon

Witherspoon posted an adorable throwback picture of Kravitz when she was a teenager. The actress looked super different, with wavy long dark hair and bangs.

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Zoë Kravitz and Reese Witherspoon

“Reese Witherspoon would win one of my top-five favorite human awards. She’s so honest. She’s so funny. And she’s fiery as hell. Her ferocity and care for everybody in her life is through the roof. I strive to be a friend like her.” —Zoë Kravitz, InStyle

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Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley

Witherspoon posted a cute picture of Woodley with her character’s name on her head, accompanied by a sweet birthday message.

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Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley

“I literally would just stare at her sometimes. She can literally lay you down with something she says. I would read it on the page, and be like, “Ugh, that’s kind of, I don’t know how I would do that.” And then she would find a way to say it in the most natural way, and break your heart saying it. It was just extraordinary.” —Reese Witherspoon, LA Times

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Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley

“I want to cry when I think about Reese, because that woman holds the weight of so many worlds on her shoulders yet manages to show up day in and day out with more ambition than anyone I’ve ever met. More drive, more care, more passion. Even if she disagrees with you, she will take the time to understand. Sometimes I get a mothering comfort from Reese, and other times I get a cool-big-sister vibe. I admire how she’s able to use humor to create the change she wishes to see. That is her superpower. She’s also a ninja.” —Shailene Woodley, InStyle

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Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley

The actresses went bowling and Witherspoon, the frequent ‘grammer of the bunch, posted about their crew outing. Kravitz, who was unable to attend, ended up getting photoshopped into the same image later on.

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Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon

“I have to be honest, I found the one thing Meryl Streep is not good at—it’s bowling…But she was darn cute doing it and such a good sport to go out there and do it with the whole crew. But it was fun! Yeah, we always had fun and found time to do fun things.” —Reese Witherspoon, Good Morning America

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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman

Witherspoon wrote Kidman the sweetest birthday post, saying that she feels lucky to work with her co-star: “Happy Birthday to this remarkable woman who I’m lucky enough to work with and call my friend. Everyday with you is an inspiration!” she wrote.

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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman

“Her [Nicole’s] magic is her empathy, because she truly deeply cares. Empathy is magic, and that’s the ability that she has to break audiences open. She gives you her whole heart, her whole soul, her whole body. She’s unwaveringly passionate. She gives of herself, she stands up for what she believes in and she pushes the envelope with every role she takes.” —Reese Witherspoon, IFP Gotham Awards speech

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Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon

Kidman returned the favor, and wished her co-star a happy birthday on Instagram as well: “You deserve all the love and hugs in the world…Love being on this journey of life with you.”

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Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon

“I love her [Reese]…We have so much in common and we’re very close. I’m lucky to have her as such a good friend.” —Nicole Kidman, E!

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Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz

Woodley took a moment to pose with Kravitz’s ad for YSL Beauté, because true friends fangirl over your ad campaigns.

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Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz

“I’ve known Shai for years now, and with all the ups and downs—life stuff, fame, films, love—she’s just constantly herself. So many people change depending on their environment, and Shailene Woodley does not, and I fucking love it. Life is Shailene Woodley’s bitch.” —Zoë Kravitz, InStyle

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Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Reese Witherspoon

Kidman also took the time to make a Galentine’s Day post, saying that the occasion “reminds me how lucky I am to be surrounded by some truly talented ladies.” She posted a picture of her and her castmates at the season premiere for Big Little Lies.

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Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Reese Witherspoon

“[Working with these women has been] astounding because I’ve learned so much. We all come in with our own set of skills. There’s great listening and great contributing and great compromise, but actually, in the end, it’s just a great allegiance. The show itself is its own force. We were all like, ‘No, we’re done,’ and it pulled us back in. Reese and I just look at each other and go, ‘How did we get here?’ What a lovely thing to play the women we play and have people feel like they know them. I’ve never had that. I’m not used to that. It feels so good. Makes me feel very close to people.” —Nicole Kidman, InStyle

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Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman

Despite the fact that Streep doesn’t have an Instagram account, Kidman gave her co-star a birthday shoutout anyway, saying that it has been a joy to work with her again on Big Little Lies. The two previously worked together on The Hours and The Guardian Brothers.

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Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman

“She is the queen,” Kidman said of Streep. “I call her the great one. It’s so good when you see someone that could be resting on their laurels and doesn’t, is a complete pro—comes in, is never late. It’s just great to work with that.” —Nicole Kidman, Variety

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Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley

Before appearing in Big Little Lies together, Dern and Woodley both starred in the breakout movie The Fault in Our Stars. Woodley played the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old living with thyroid cancer, and Dern played her mother.

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Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley

“Laura’s like a warm, squishy Hershey’s Kiss. I don’t see her or speak with her as much as I wish, but we’ve had a deep bond since we shot The Fault in Our Stars [2014]. She helped me through personal battles, and I’ve helped her through hers. We have a connection that deserves more than the label “friends.” She’s family to me. When I’m around her, even if I say nothing, she understands what’s happening in my life. And I can vibe her out and know exactly what she’s experiencing.” —Shailene Woodley, InStyle

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Laura Dern and Meryl Streep

When Streep was announced to take on the role of Mary Louise Wright in the second season of Big Little Lies, Dern took a moment to celebrate the casting on Instagram.

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Laura Dern and Meryl Streep

“We’re the luckiest women in the world to get to work with our muse, our guide, our hero [Meryl]. I mean, for me, she’s not just an actress but a woman who has shown me the way, from organic produce in the kitchen to parity in the boardroom. She fights for change for everyone.” —Laura Dern, InStyle

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Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley

After the 2018 Hollywood Film Awards, Woodley made a lengthy Instagram post about her Big Little Lies co-star, saying “I love you with every bit of me, you graceful marvel you. I’ll follow you to the moon and beyond.”

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Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley

“Shai is unbelievably real. She’s so warm and so forgiving. She’s of the heavens and of the earth.” —Nicole Kidman, InStyle

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Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Reese Witherspoon

“It’s a bummer we don’t like each other,” Kravitz captioned an adorable snap of the Monterey Five in costume—when obviously it couldn’t be any further from the truth.

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Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Reese Witherspoon

The cast also supports each other’s acting endeavors outside of Big Little Lies. In this instance, some of the actresses took a trip to see Woodley’s movie Adrift.

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Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Reese Witherspoon

“Our dinners are like 10-day vacations on a deserted island. Every dinner is three and a half hours minimum with food and wine. We break it all down. It’s how I think all of us feel when we get together with a group of women, particularly in the same field, like you’ve been crossing the desert for five days and you see water.” —Laura Dern, InStyle

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