Not only is Madeline Mackenzie one of the main characters on Big Little Lies, she really is the unofficial mayor of Monterey, California. From all of her connections to her friendships — and frenemies — there’s nothing Madeline can’t do. Because her life is a bit chaotic, here are five fast facts you need to know about Madeline!
Though Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) lives in Monterey, California and has a very nice life, she never went to college. She’s very insecure about the fact that she never went and this is why she’s so adamant about her eldest daughter, Abigail, going.
Madeline’s first husband was Nathan and they had their daughter Abigail together. They then divorced and Nathan married a woman named Bonnie. Bonnie and Nathan have a daughter named Sky together.
Following her divorce from Nathan, Madeline married a guy named Ed. Ed and Madeline had a daughter together named Chloe. Though Ed is a very nice guy, it’s clear Madeline isn’t passionate about their relationship anymore.
Slice on the Side
Back in Season 1 of Big Little Lies, Madeline had an affair with a man she was working with. Though she managed to keep it from Ed for a while, her daughter Abigail accidentally spilled the beans. Ed and Madeline are now in therapy trying to save their marriage.
BFF For Life
Though her personal life is in shambles, Madeline can always lean on her best friend, Celeste Wright. While Celeste and Madeline are very different people, they love each other and truly care for one another.