Calling It: Meghann Fahy will be this season’s ‘White Lotus’ escape

Season two of The White Lotus, who premiere this weekend on HBO, hosts an almost entirely new cast of privileged guests and smoothing employees alongside a returning star Jennifer Coolidge. The seven-episode season centers on sex and gender dynamics, moving from Hawaii to the Sicilian outpost of White Lotus’ luxury hotel chain. Nestled in a cast of characters seeking and desiring more than an exotic getaway is Daphne, a well-positioned housewife who seems utterly indifferent to, well, anything.

Midday Spritz Aperol in hand, Daphne isn’t sure when she last voted (midterms are next week, by the way), but positive that “the world does not end”. She traded watching the news for the main episodes of Deadline and Ted Lasso (“I to like bulimia”). And when Harper (Place Aubrey) and Ethan (Will Sharpe), the couple that Daphne and her “asshole Constance” husband, Cameron (Theo James), are on vacation, allude to “everything going on in the world” asks Daphne: “What do you mean, what’s going on? »

Aubrey Plaza, Meghann Fahy, Theo James and Will Sharpe in “The White Lotus”.HBO

This bubbly mindset, ignorance is bliss, is expertly embodied by Megann Fahy. Just like the first season of The White Lotus boosted celebrity profiles, including Murray Bartlett and Sydney Sweeney, the latter will inevitably and rightly bring Fahy to the forefront of weekly water cooler discussions. While Daphne can brag about being unplugged, those who have followed Fahy’s career are already aware of her star power.

The 32-year-old actor cut his teeth on recurring roles on A life to live and political animals, but is best known for Freeform’s soapy comedy-drama The fat guy. Fahy spent five seasons playing risk-taking, fun-loving Sutton Brady, an aspiring fashion designer at Scarlet, a Cosmos-inspired magazine and its website, aka the “dot-com”. She is part of the central trio of the series, supplemented by the very nervous journalist Jane (Katie Stevens), and politically-minded social media guru Kat (Aisha Dee).

During the series, which completed in June last year, Sutton has emerged as the millennial with perhaps the most growth to go. She comes from humble beginnings and a childhood tormented by her mother’s alcoholism. Sutton’s habit of putting other people’s emotional needs first is evident in her stasis as a low-level assistant, away from the fashion closet she dreams of working in — not just gossip. When Sutton makes headway in the workplace (“I’m Nora Ephron, bitch!” she proclaims after her hard-fought promotion), it’s Fahy’s balance of vulnerability and courage that shines. Even grappling with the most awkward of The fat guySutton’s stories – Sutton’s possession of a gun and the use of his company card for cocaine among them – Fahy stays shrewdly locked away, grounding even the most deranged story arcs.

Much like the facade of Daphne and Cameron’s relationship will unfold in future episodes of The White Lotus, Fahy played half of a thorny romantic entanglement in his latest series. Sutton’s loyalty to her career and to herself is tested when she begins dating Richard (Samuel Page), a much older man who also sits on the board of Scarletthe publishing house. Their relationship is put to the test – from HR woes to season four where they get married, miscarry and pursue a divorce in the span of a few episodes. Their reasons for ending their marriage — differing opinions about having children — are just as compelling as any argument for them to stay engaged. The complexities of the relationship are brought to heartbreaking life by Fahy, making for one of the most surprising and tense endings to a TV romance in recent memory.

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