The White Lotus: Haley Lu Richardson Thinks Portia is a Taylor Swift-Worthy Anti-Hero

Haley Lu Richardson was no island of love Fan before filming the second season of the white lotus, but now she can’t get enough of it. “I literally have [Love Island] just paused on my tv. I’m not even joking,” says Richardson, zooming in Still watching.

“I think maybe Leo did it to me,” she says of her newfound passion for the addictive British reality series. Richardson is of course referring to Jack (Leo Woodall) who looks like he walked straight out of Casa Amor onto the set of The White Lotus. “Maybe getting to know Leo subconsciously made me see a bunch of hot guys with British accents.”

Given how Portia and Jack’s relationship heats up in Episode Four, the way is closed island of love Makes perfect sense. After a late night exchange of gazes by the pool, Portia has all her romantic eyes on Jack, much to the detriment of her budding romance with Albie (Adam DiMarco). But from Richardson’s point of view, Portia and Albie were never a good match. “I think that in another world Albie could be so great for Portia in so many ways, but she would just ruin him,” says Richardson. “There would be so much just resentment.” But the love triangle between Portia, Albie and Jack gets even more complicated when Lucia (Simon Tabasco)-Yes indeed, the Lucia – meets Albie by the pool and the sparks start to fly.

Elsewhere further The White Lotus this week, Harper (AubreyPlaza) distances herself because of a condom wrapper, Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) meets Quentin (Tom Hollander) and his fancy group of gay friends and Mia (Beatrice Grano) could be responsible for our first casualty of the season. Still watching host Richard Lawson and Chris Murphy breaking down the episode, unpacking new listener theories (Are Cameron (Theo James) and Daphne (Meghan Fahy) imposters?) and, as always, offer up their own theories about who’s dead at the end of the season. Listen below and also find a partial transcript of the interview with Haley Lu Richardson. For your own questions, comments, and theories, please email


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vanity fair: Did you see the memes that Portia is crying because she’s on an all-inclusive trip to Sicily?

Haley Lu Richardson: Yes, I was looking for Portia. I tweeted my name – or tweeted? – which I literally don’t think I’ll ever do again [laughs].

How was it?

People seem pretty annoyed with Portia and me as actors after episode three [laughs]. The White Lotus: Haley Lu Richardson Thinks Portia is a Taylor Swift-Worthy Anti-Hero

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