Beatrice Grannò on ‘The White Lotus’ and Mia & Lucia Ending

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As Bert Cooper once reminded us, the stars belong to everyone, including those who work in and around a Sicilian five-star resort. Person to The White Lotus learned that better this season than Mia (Beatrice Grannò), a local woman who, over the course of seven episodes, learns to empower herself to get what she wants: a permanent gig as a singer and living room pianist. of the hotel. Of course, that might not seem so glitzy of a deal. And the jury is out on the quality of a performer, she Actually is. (“I love singing like Phoebe Bridgers. It was really difficult for me,” says Grannò.) But she dreamed, hustled and, yes, worked her way to the top of the tourist-entertainment food chain with the encouragement of her best friend, Lucia (Simona Tabasco), the couple Grannò likens to fairies leaving a trail of magic. wherever they go (including helping Sabrina Impacciatore’s hotel manager, Valentina, embrace her sexuality). It makes sense that the final scene shows the best friends taking a triumphant walk down the street, White Lotus guests long gone and exhausted, and savoring their newfound riches.

I really enjoyed that Mia and Lucia’s ending embodies the “let’s cheat the men and walk into the sunset together” philosophy.
In the end, they managed to get what they wanted. They are the winners, even if it is not a contest. But they definitely won. They used each other’s energies to get what they wanted.

At first, Mia is much more introverted and romantic. Kind of blocked. Lucia is free, and she pushes Mia to get what she wants. There’s this moment when they talk to each other and Lucia is very vulnerable, telling Mia that she’s unhappy with what she’s doing. And at that exact moment, Mia changed her mind and said, “No, what we’re doing is awesome. » Mia becomes more aware of her possibilities in life and the possibilities with her body.

What do you think has changed for Mia, in terms of her views on using sex for money and status?
I think there’s a moment in your brain, especially when you’re young and you don’t know what you’re doing. Mia is very impulsive, and when she realizes that’s the only thing she can offer…or realizes that it’s easy to have sex with the pianist, it’s kind of fun as she does: That’s what it takes to get there. Mia is obviously different from Lucia. She doesn’t know how to be sexy, but she has a big heart. When I auditioned for the show, Mike wanted me to read the script where Mia seduces Valentina. I remember asking her, “Is she manipulative and mean? » Mike was like, “Technically yes, but she’s really nice. It is an equal exchange of interests.

What did Mia ultimately want?
She dreams of being a musician. A lot of people think the only thing to do is try to sign and be famous. But the reality is that playing music in small places or teaching is a win. Mia is happy because she can earn money doing what she loves. But it’s also about becoming more self-aware, having self-confidence and overcoming fears of singing in front of people. She was ambitious. She didn’t doubt herself.

It’s funny, I had so many friends who said, “Why does Mia dream of being a singer in a hotel lobby? Well, it has to start somewhere.
It’s quite funny that she is fascinated by Giuseppe the pianist and what he does. This is very stupid of him: Oh, I would love to do that.

Lucia and Mia are there for a reason. They are two fairies. Valentina learned to be more open with her sexuality thanks to Mia, and at the same time Lucia endangered many couples and brought them together. They’re messy and chaotic, but they’re quite magical.

I love that Mia can be both magical and silly in your eyes.
When she plays this piano, she thinks of doing a Lady Gaga concert. She’s really, like… straps this voice. When I read the script and saw all the songs I was singing, I thought to myself, OK, it’s jazz and lounge music. I’m a folk singer — my voice is soft. I prepared my jazzy lounge voice, but when Mike White heard me play for the first time, he thought: “Absolutely not, it’s not that sophisticated, otherwise it would have worked here by now. She doesn’t know what she’s doing. It’s a little girl. He told me that I had to show myself but also disturb. I worked with Este Haim and she also told me: “You have to sing loudly! Belt that voice! [Laughs.] If you ever listen to my music, I whisper. I love to sing like Phoebe Bridgers. It was really difficult for me, but Este helped me a lot. I had so much fun saying “Ahhhhhhhh!” »

If not, how did you discover his musical style?
She just wants to be heard. When she sings “The Best Things in Life Are Free”, she wants to show people that she has something to offer. She is here. When you’re really young, you don’t understand that less is more. She’s adorable that way.

Would you like to play the piano between takes?
Definitely not. I don’t want people stopping whatever they have to do to applaud me. [Laughs.] I think Mia would definitely play the piano in an airport, though. Just support an open piano.

Why do you think it was important that the very last shot in the series was Mia and Lucia walking down the street and kissing?
I thought it was really good that Mike brought back the theme that the best things in life are free. It describes the relationship between Lucia and Mia well. They are very close, best friends, and their love is gratuitous. They arrived at the hotel and got what they wanted and left happy. It’s important because they’re both prostitutes in two different ways – they’re never victims and they always have pride, which you don’t always see. I think Mia and Lucia brought light to the show. It’s all emotional in the end, but when you see best friends walking together, it’s happy. It was also our last day of filming. We were sad to leave each other in real life.

I thought “The Best Things in Life Are Free” was an inspired choice to accompany them for this scene. What does the song represent for Mia and Lucia?
I don’t think this show has an “I want to teach you this” layer. There is no greater lesson. For Mia and Lucia, they believe that if you really want to fix something, you have to break it. Only then can it be rebuilt. They ruin all relationships at the hotel, but they put them in a position to rebuild.

The man who follows Lucia and appears to be a menacing presence for several episodes, turns out to be scam and friendly with the ladies. Were you given a specific answer about who Alessio was?
Mike told us he is one of their close friends who lives in Taormina and works at another hotel. It’s a small place. Everyone knows each other. I like to think that Lucia did her thing in this hotel too, with Alessio pretending to be her pimp. I’m sure they gave him money to help them.

How do you envision the relationship between Mia and Valentina developing? Do they go to gay clubs together?
I loved when Mia said to him, “I can’t be your girlfriend now, but we can hang out and be friends.” » I imagine Mia walking into a club and helping her have fun. The character of Valentina is wonderful. She starts off closed and aggressive and ends up being the sweetest woman. In the finale, when Mia shows up at the reception in that crazy green dress, she thinks she’s a star now with all that makeup on. And Valentina looks so happy too.

What lingering questions do you have after watching the finale?
Did Daphne and Ethan have sex on this beach? I thought about it a lot. It comes right after Daphne said, “You don’t have to know everything about a person to love them. A little mystery is sexy. And then they leave for the island. It’s a tough call. There is a lot of poetry in the scenes. I would go back too and apologize to Albie. ” I am really sorry. If you want, you can be my boyfriend.

How does Mia spend her share of the €50,000?
She will pay musicians to record her album! She can hire the best bassist in Sicily.


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