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New Hulu Series Stars Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington, Janelle Monae Reacts

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By Jenna Cartusciello

By now, we all know that "Little Fires Everywhere,” a new Hulu miniseries, brings us the dynamic duo we’ve all been waiting for. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington will star in the drama as Elena Richardson and Mia Warren, respectively.

Moreover, this powerful series features the work of powerful women: Witherspoon and Washington are also executive producers. Other executive producers, all women, include Liz Tigelaar, Lauren Levy Neustadter, Pilar Savone and Lynn Shelton.

Find out how stars like Janelle Monae are reacting to the new trailers and how this miniseries symbolizes big changes in Hollywood.

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How Women Have Shaped “Little Fires Everywhere”

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It’s important to note that this miniseries began with Celeste Ng, who wrote the 2017 novel “Little Fires Everywhere.” The novel stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for a grand total of 13 weeks. Naturally, the hype got Hollywood thinking.

Ng revealed back in November that the show was being written. Liz Tigelaar, who serves as the show’s writer, executive producer and creator, welcomed Ng into the writing room early.

Given that the original story began with a woman, it makes sense that Tigelaar wanted to keep the theme going. In fact, the show was produced by Washington’s production company, “Simpson Street” and Witherspoon’s company “Hello Sunshine,” along with ABC studios.

The cherry on top? Alanis Morissette can be heard singing in the backdrop of the trailers.

Janelle Monae and Other Stars React to the Miniseries Trailer

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The excitement surrounding “Little Fires Everywhere” won’t be letting up anytime soon. Washington posted about the miniseries on February 20th with the caption “SO🔥MUCH🔥FIRE🔥.”

Janelle Monae quickly voiced her support, adding, “🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥” in the comments.

Lexi Underwood, who will star in the series as Washington’s fictional daughter, wrote, “So much heat! 🔥🔥🔥”

On Reese Witherspoon’s February 20th Instagram post, Lena Dunham and Jodie Smith, a British model, also commented strings of fire emojis. Mindy Kaling wrote, “Major” and Laura Dern exclaimed, “cannot cannot cannot wait.”

Star-studded women everywhere are coming in hot with the praise!

Fans are Hyped Up, Washington is Stepping Out of Comfort Zone

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Fans are just as excited, if not more so, for this women-powered Hulu series.

On Twitter, one fan wrote, “Oh shoot I loved this book so much 😍.” Others tweeted, “more than ready!! Woohoo!! Cannot wait” and “They’re finally making something together. This is gonna be so good.”

Needless to say, these fans have been waiting desperately for Washington and Witherspoon to have this moment.

For Washington in particular, this miniseries will be quite a departure from her past work. She is best known for her career-defining role on “Scandal” and is ready to show the world more of her acting chops.

What “Little Fires Everywhere” Means for Women in Hollywood

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Stars like Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon have been working hard to change Hollywood for quite some time.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Aniston once said of Witherspoon:

“She's one of the most determined people I know … she knew what she was up against and she never put that sword down. She had a message and stories to tell and she was just like, 'Uh-uh, you can't tell me no and you can't pat me on the head and say, oh, aren't you cute.'"

Kerry Washington has also become known for changing Hollywood through sheer grit and political activism. Starting as an actress, Washington has now expanded to both producer and director on different projects.

In a recent interview for InStyle Magazine, Washington spoke about the roles of women in Hollywood. Her words said it all:

“We are really pouring into each other … We became a sisterhood in the industry across different roles and, in particular, with fellow actresses. We are so invested now, and we understand each other.”

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