By “The White Lotus” Year 2 Episode 5, Tanya is so distraught with her romance with Greg that she tells Portia she achieved out to a divorce lawyer to get the relationship annulled — but even the HBO series’ largest lovers may possibly not know how this subtle name drop connects to creator Mike White.
“You know, I talked to Billy Provide very last night about getting the relationship annulled,” Tanya claimed at breakfast with Portia ahead of the pair sail off to Palermo with Quentin and his nephew, Jack, lamenting “how did I not see the indicators, Portia?”
As it turns out, in actual existence Billy Provide operates in the Indie Film Group at United Talent Agency (UTA) — and his father, Robert Offer you, is Mike White’s entertainment law firm.
“Robert Present has been my attorney for over 25 a long time and I have known Billy considering that he was a toddler,” White advised TheWrap in excess of email. “A perk of crafting a Television sequence is giving shout outs to people today I love and respect!”
“[Mike is a] great buddy and a extensive, lengthy-time client, and we’re huge enthusiasts of the display,” Robert Offer you explained to TheWrap in a different assertion. “We all had a wonderful smile in our residence observing the demonstrate, which we do religiously just about every weekend … It was entertaining to listen to our son’s identify outlined in the episode for the reason that we adore the present and we really like Mike.”
As it turns out, these types of meta-nods are a specialty of White’s in “The White Lotus.” The collection made one more sneaky Hollywood cameo in its premiere when Laura Dern (who starred in White’s prior HBO collection “Enlightened”) was read on the telephone as Dominic’s (Michael Imperioli) estranged spouse, Abby, and the Period 2 opener also featured a cameo from White’s fellow “Survivor” colleagues.
White also planted numerous references to classic Italian cinema in the season’s early episodes, which includes spoken tributes to “The Godfather” and Italian actress Monica Vitti, as nicely as a much more subtle visual reference to 1960 Italian drama “L’avventura.”
As Harper and Daphne walk along the streets of Noto during their girls-only excursion, Daphne operates an errand and Harper before long gains the interest of dozens of gentlemen who circle her and gaze intently. When filming “The White Lotus” scene, White stayed real to a scene in “L’avventura,” in which Italian gentlemen stare at Vitti in the very same courtyard.
New episodes of “The White Lotus” Period 2 air on Sundays on HBO and stream on HBO Max.