Who is the creator of The White Lotus Mike White?
The White Lotus was the big winner at Tuesday night’s Golden Globes.
And the moment that got everyone talking was when the HBO show’s leading lady Jennifer Coolidge reduced co-creator Mike White to tears with her heartfelt and whimsical speech.
Jennifer said the writer, producer and director had given her a “fresh start” after years of small parts, saying Mike made her “want to live longer”.
So who is the talent behind one of the most talked about shows in recent years?
WINNERS: Mike White, the man behind the HBO smash hit The White Lotus, starring girlfriend Jennifer Coolidge, has lent his talents from reality TV to the big screen at the box office.
The 52-year-old is the son of writer, activist and clergyman James Melville White and his ex-wife, Leila Lee Loehr.
During his childhood in California, Mike says his creative parents allowed him the space to develop his imagination – a major starting point for his later career.
He says he was inspired by a second-grade teacher who was the mother of famous American playwright Sam Shepard, and went on to write his first full-length play his sophomore year of college.
It was the weather that changed the trajectory of his career, though, quipping that after college “I was going to be a playwright, and then it was too cold in the East, so I came back to L.A. and I fell into the wrong crowd, and I became a screenwriter.”
Tears: The White Lotus was the big winner at Tuesday night’s Golden Globes. And the moment that got everyone talking was when Jennifer Mike stopped crying with her speech
From Dawson Creek to School of Rock
While in college, Mike met his first writing partner Zak Penn, who had achieved great success writing for Marvel films.
The Penn White partnership ended after a few years, but Mike credits his friend with getting him into Hollywood social circles.
Mike started writing scripts for the ’90s hits Dawson’s Creek andreaks and Geeks.
The pinnacle of his career: Mike’s creative childhood initially put him on the path of playwriting before he was persuaded to move to Los Angeles (pictured at the Golden Globes Tuesday)
In addition to writing, he has taken on acting roles in his projects, admitting that early in his career he thought it would be a career path that suited his introverted personality, as he could not see himself managing people on set.
After Ben, the other major collaborative partner during Mike’s career was actor and writer Jack Black, with their most notable success under their black and white production company banner, School of Rock.
In addition to writing the 2003 movie, Mike starred with Jack as Ned Schnebly.
Mike had high hopes for his 2011 venture with HBO, the comedy-drama Enlightened, starring Laura Dern.
Although the show was missed by critics, HBO canceled the show after only two seasons due to low viewership.
Outrage from Hollywood and a loyal fan base turned Mike into a poster for the television industry’s fight suits.
Partners: Mike teamed up with Jack Black to form a production company and together wrote and produced the 2003 hit School Of Rock, in which they both also starred
For Mike, he says the cancellation pushed him away from the show’s heavy premise and the pressure of creating a series, explaining “It made me feel like I didn’t have the heart to dig a little deeper.”
I was, like, I’m just going to do some jobs and write some stuff for hire. I was, like, OK, they need a writer for “Pitch Perfect 3”? I’ll do it.’
I’ve actually written some movies, some things that have been very meaningful to me. But I guess I was licking my wounds a little bit. It’s like being in a relationship where you get burned and you don’t have the stomach to get through that again, so it takes some time to heal.
The step back also allowed him to indulge in his great passion – reality TV.
On Screen: The cancellation of TV saw Mike give up writing and save his passion for the reality show, appearing on the 2019 season of Survivor (pictured)
Mike appeared on the hit American series Survivor and two runs of the global game show The Amazing Race, alongside his father.
Mike says the number one reason he appears on reality shows is because he’s a true fan of the often-mocked genre, but he also reveals that his co-stars have been the inspiration for his writing.
As a writer, I spend a lot of time alone and two at the computer. I’ve spent a lot of time feeling like an observer of things and there are parts of me as I get older that want to be involved, I don’t want to just be watched. genius list.
“I loved the idea of having those games, of being adventurous, of being involved in these shows that I enjoy watching for the character study aspect of them, because people are so weird.”
TV Star: Mike appeared on the hit US series Survivor and two runs of the global game show The Amazing Race, alongside his father.
Mike hasn’t let his Hollywood circle stop him from his pursuit of fun, he revealed during an interview The New Yorker Last year not even Jennifer Aniston could dissuade him from her TV adventures.
I remember being at a party at Courteney Cox’s house – I’m not very good friends with her, but I was there. And I was about to go on an “Amazing Race”. And Jennifer Aniston was there, and I was so proud and excited.
“I was, like, ‘I’m going on an ‘Amazing Race’ with my dad!” I could see Jennifer Aniston’s eyes, like, Why the f**k…? That’s not something anyone aspires to, to actually be a contestant.
His 2018 stint on Survivor earned him a huge fan following in Angeline Jolie, who showed up at the show’s wrap party with her kids after befriending Mike on the set of Disney’s project The One and Only Ivan.
“I threw a party the penultimate episode I was in, at my house,” Mike recalls. “And, you know, it was the best night of my life… I had friends from childhood there.” I had “Survivor” contestants there. Then I had people like Diane Keaton and Angelina Jolie! “
I was, like, this is the best. So, you know, they probably think I’m crazy. While doing these shows, I thought I wasn’t going to let a discredited person, hardcore critic, or anything stop me from having this experience.
Old Pals: Mike and his Captain White Lotus met Jennifer when they played a couple in the 2009 Gentleman Bronco
Jennifer and White Lotus
When the global pandemic hit in 2020, Mike was feeling sluggish.
He received email from HBO and his known ability to quickly spin a project from the writing room to the screen put him on the road to The White Lotus.
HBO had empty content to fill, and fast. Mike saw this as an opportunity, after his experience with the Age of Enlightenment, to go all out with firearms.
It will be like a rock they can’t stop. “I can do exactly what I want to do,” he told The New Yorker.
Hit: When the global pandemic hit in 2020, Mike was feeling sluggish. But when he got an email from HBO, his well-known ability to quickly spin a project from the writing room to screens put him on the road to The White Lotus.
Setting the first season of The White Lotus in his sweetheart Hawaii, where he vacationed as a child and where he now owns a home, Mike chose his girlfriend Jennifer, who previously starred in his network-rejected pilot after network. .
The two met when they played a married couple in 2009’s Gentlemen Broncos, and Jennifer remembers joining him on a safari vacation in Africa that bonded them for life, admitting he saw an “unedited” version of her.
“Mike, on this trip, found out I was kind of sad that I wasn’t in a relationship, and he saw me watching these wedding videos on my iPhone in the middle of the night,” she revealed, admitting that night likely provided the inspiration for her character The White Lotus. .
The Star: Season 1 was the most awarded series at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, while at this week’s Golden Globes, series 2 earned a buzzer for Coolidge.
The dark comedy premiered in July 2021 to critical acclaim and high ratings, leading to a second season set in Sicily, released last year, and a third, more recently.
Season one was the most awarded series at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home 10 awards, while series two at this week’s Golden Globes took home thunderbolts for Coolidge and in the Best Limited, Anthology, or TV Movie category.
Jennifer brought Mike to tears with her whimsical speech when she picked up her first-ever Golden Globe Award, telling him:
Mike White, you’ve given me hope – you’ve given me a fresh start. Even if this is the end, it has changed my life in a million different ways.
Moment: Jennifer made Mike cry with her bizarre speech as she picked up her first-ever Golden Globe Award, telling him, “Mike White, you gave me hope.”