Why Reese Witherspoon Produced Emmy-Winning 'Big Little Lies' : 'So Often I'm the Only Woman on a Set Full of Men'

The actress brought Liane Moriarty's female-driven novel Big Little Lies to HBO

Reese Witherspoon was tired of working in a man’s world.

“So often I’m the only woman on a set full of men,” she told PEOPLE in February.

But through her production company Pacific Standard, the actress brought Liane Moriarty‘s female-driven novel Big Little Lies which just won the Emmy for outstanding limited series to HBO as a seven-part whodunit drama with a healthy dose of acerbic humor

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“It became this really interesting group of women whose work I’d always loved,” Witherspoon, 40, said of enlisting Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz to star alongside her in the limited series, which explores themes of domestic violence, marriage and motherhood.

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“Getting to work with them every day was a pleasure,” she says. “I learned so much from each of them.”

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