Words by Lara Walsh

We’re sold.

As we anxiously await Big Little Lies‘s return to HBO in 2019, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern cannot stop fangirling over the addition of their newest co-star, Meryl Streep – and for very good reason.

While it was previously reported that Kidman, who is friends with the three-time Oscar winner, approached Streep to take on the role of Perry’s mother, Mary Louise Wright, in the series’s second season, the Lion actress is now giving us reason to believe that Streep’s decision was ultimately swayed by her desire to support fellow women in the industry.

‘Reese and I were just [thinking], “She would be so amazing in the role!”’ Kidman exclusively explained to ET alongside Dern at Calvin Klein’s NYFW show on Tuesday night. ‘It was written for her and we wanted her.’