Aside from the obvious differences between and —which follows the real-life relationship between Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet) and his father David (Steve Carell), as he desperately tries to help his son overcome his meth addiction—there's one powerful aspect in common: home.
The house belonging to Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) and Nathan Carlson (James Tupper) in Big Little Lies is also where Nic and David's heartwrenching story unfolds, with production designer Ethan Tobman. Though Vulture reports that Tobman was hesitant to use the house to begin with, he ended up deciding it was the perfect fit, having visited the real-life Sheff house himself.
"In my design approach to the house, the goal was to accurately portray their family dynamic, and their architectural choices, but also the feeling we had when we were there," Tobman told Vulture. Through this approach, most of the shots of the home were captured much differently from the few you see in Big Little Lies—aside from the patio.
Interestingly enough, Vulture's Hunter Harris astutely points out that, in the film, the home is bright and full of energy, directly contrasting the harrowing struggles the Sheffs face inside. That vibe is underscored with the space's massive floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen with mosaic countertops, and the vibrant family photos around David's office.
After the film's location manager, John Panzarella, found the home, the team converted it to look more Sheff-like. To do so, they broke up the existing dark wood by adding color, art projects, and even swapping out the counters for mosaic pieces. "I think it feels like a pretty different home in the end," .
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