The fans declare The white lotus Italian the duo Lucia and Mia the winners of season 2 after the finale — and star Beatrice Grannò agrees. “It’s not a competition, but they kind of won the game,” says Grannò, who plays Mia.
After Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) meets her untimely demise and the rest of the characters return home, it’s the two friends who get to take a victory lap after Lucia (Simona Tabasco) swindles 50,000 euros from Albie (Adam DiMarco) and Mia secures her singing job by seducing the resort’s lonely manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore). “They were able to get away with what they wanted, and they’re very happy,” Grannò tells Bustle. “In some ways, they broke everything apart, and they fixed all the problems that were there.”
The actor, 29, explains that the couple may have started out causing problems for the hotel guests, but eventually these conflicts forced many of the characters to confront their unresolved feelings. “They fixed the relationship between Ethan and Harper. Mia awakened the sexuality of Valentina’s character,” says Grannò. “They came to the hotel, they broke the equilibrium, but then they built it back up. So I feel like they’re two little fairies, like two little witches that were put there just to fix problems.”
Mia’s voice also enchanted the White Lotus guests and staff, but bringing her singing performance to life was initially challenging for Grannò. Together with the show’s creator Mike White, music consultant Este Haim encouraged Grannò to go big with the voice. “I prepared all the music in more of a jazz-lounge-y sound with a much softer voice,” she says of Mia’s first performance. White had wanted it to sound more “Broadway”. “Este Haim was big for that because she pushed me to really flesh out my voice. She kept telling me, ‘You have the voice. Take it out. You have to fill up the whole room because people have to notice you.'”
Below, Grannò shares his thoughts on the Season 2 finale, Mia’s Marilyn Monroe moment, and all those fan theories.
What was your reaction to the finale and the big twist?
I found the finale very beautiful because Jennifer Coolidge’s death is so funny. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time. I love the fact that she was able to fight back. But then I thought it was amazing that she can save herself and she dies by tripping off a boat. I thought it was very poetic in a way.
Did you ever worry about Mia, especially when Giuseppe came back?
There’s another moment where you think he’s going to be the killer. It was funny the way Mia played it. She has no idea and is like Yes, I did. Sorry. It is a meritocracy. I’m here. I am better than you. And when he tells her: “You almost killed me. And now you took my place.” She just says “Yes,” and it’s fun to watch.
If we look at Mia in the first episode versus how she is at the end, it’s a big transformation for the character. How was that trip?
I loved it because in the beginning Mia is very blocked; she is not aware of her body and her talent. But as she continues, she is affected by the White Lotus Curse. She becomes this woman who wants to have everything she wants, and she will do everything in her power to get it. And she is influenced a lot by Lucia’s energy – she is so free while Mia is not at all. But then something magical happened and we sort of switched for a second. Lucia starts to become the more romantic one, and she takes some energy from Mia to get what she wants. And I use Lucia’s energy to do what I want.
I loved watching Mia grow and get crazier with the help of her outfits too. She completely changed the style and the way of seeing things.
What was your favorite costume of the season?
It was the white one with the feathers that I have in episode 6. I thought it suited me very well. Also, when I rewatched the episode, I saw myself singing “Happy Birthday.” I thought that seems like a Marilyn Monroe reference. But I don’t think we planned it. I tried on so many costumes for that scene and then we ended up choosing it because I really liked it. So many fans said this [reminded them of] Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” – this femme fatale seducing Valentina.
You mentioned how Lucia and Mia draw their different energies from each other. Would you say something similar happened between Mia and Valentina?
It’s like a butterfly effect. Lucia unlocks me, then I unlock Valentina, and then we influence each other. It is a circle. It is this energy that is also Italy. When you go to Italy, especially Sicily, it is a place full of smells and tastes and you are thrown into this place where you feel everything.
Have you been keeping up with all the fan theories?
I have. It was crazy how everyone thought Mia and Lucia were going to be the victims and die. I also read that Lucia’s character was going to kill me. I’m like, What? Why? I have read so many things. I definitely saw someone write something about Jennifer Coolidge and sort of get there, but not quite. But it was fun to see how everyone was rooting for Mia and Lucia to stay alive. Simona and I have sent messages that everyone thinks we are going to die. But it was good that we survived.
Can you see Mia coming back The white lotus for a future season at another resort?
I really hope so. Maybe she’s on tour in White Lotus? Or maybe she wants to appear like this very famous singer? I would love it. But I also like to make room for the next project and see what happens.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.