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Natasha Rothwell Teases Return to ‘The White Lotus’: “It’s Going to Get Actual”

Natasha Rothwell is formally checking again into The White Lotus for season three. The author-actress-singer is talking for the primary time about reprising her position as spa supervisor Belinda Lindsey, who first appeared within the first season of Mike White’s depraved dramedy. Rothwell mentioned she has learn all of White’s scripts for season three, and the brand new storylines left her in shock.

“I gasped out loud a minimal of 5 occasions, and this was simply me studying them,” Rothwell informed Self-importance Honest on the Los Angeles premiere of her new film, Wonka, on Sunday. “The scripts are a testomony to Mike’s ability and talent to inform probably the most sensible and entertaining tales. I imply, every part that he does is sort of a lesson to me as an actor and a performer. And as a author myself, he takes people on a journey. Everybody must buckle up, as a result of it should get actual!”

Rothwell is mum on any particular particulars about Belinda’s arc within the upcoming season. However viewers final noticed her feeling disillusioned after rich resort visitor Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge) promised to supply her funding to open her personal wellness spa, then instantly rescinded. Rothwell was nominated for an Emmy in 2022 for her efficiency, and is wanting ahead to fleshing out the character with White as soon as once more.

“Mike is so collaborative. Once we did the primary season, we sat down and talked so much about Belinda and he was so receptive to suggestions, and so we plan to method it the identical approach,” mentioned Rothwell, who can also be recognized for her position as Kelli Prenny in HBO’s Insecure. “However all credit score to him, what I like working with him is that he understands that Belinda’s POV is one thing that he does not possess—so he is actually excited by my suggestions, and actually needs to make it genuine. And so I am simply so fortunate to work with a director like him who understands the worth of getting me within the position, and what I can convey.”

Season three of the satire is about to movie in Thailand, and Rothwell says she begins filming the brand new episodes subsequent 12 months. White not too long ago teased a “supersized” season, saying that “it should be longer, larger, crazier”—however new episodes will not air till 2025.

Within the meantime, Rothwell will get to sing and dance reverse Timothée Chalamet within the musical Wonka, out in theaters December 15.

“I went to highschool for theater correct, so it undoubtedly harkened again to my upbringing of music rehearsals, dance rehearsals, and choreography and hitting your marks,” mentioned Rothwell of the film. “It was plenty of enjoyable to flex these muscle groups once more. I like to sing.”