Though details of the third season of The White Lotus are being held tightly under wraps, star Natasha Rothwell is giving a little tease of what fans can expect when the hit HBO series returns.
Rothwell, who appeared in the Hawaii-set first season of The White Lotus, is so far the only publicly revealed cast member for season three. She told The Hollywood Reporter at the Los Angeles premiere of Wonka — in which she also co-stars — on Sunday that, “I’ve read all the scripts and I can’t say anything but I will say it’s going to blow people’s minds. I gasped out loud no less than five times and that was just reading them, so people are in for a treat.” She also revealed that though she can’t discuss exactly when the show will start filming, it is “definitely in the next calendar year.”
Rothwell appeared in season one as spa manager Belinda Lindsey, whmo Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya McQuoid deceived with false promises of investing in Belinda’s own business. Season three will be set in Thailand, following the previous iterations in Hawaii and Sicily, and creator Mike White has previously said he was interested in exploring “death and Eastern religion and spirituality.”
In the meantime, Rothwell is appearing alongside Timothée Chalamet in Wonka, noting that “Gene Wilder was a comedy hero of mine so I remember him from the toy and all of his films, so to know that this film was the prequel to that, you get to see the DNA of Gene Wilder in Timmy’s performance, which is incredible.”
She added that the film “brought her back to her musical theater days” with extensive rehearsals and choreography, and “it really felt like a Broadway production at points.” Wonka hits theaters on Friday.