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Indian American actress Poorna Jagannathan has joined the cast of the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” (Rich Fury/Getty Images for THR)

Poorna Jagannathan has booked a series regular role on HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” according to Deadline.

The Indian American actress, last seen on Netflix’s psycho-drama, “Gypsy,” and HBO’s anthology comedy, “Room 104,” will play Katie Richmond, a new character.

Based on Liane Moriarity’s bestselling book, and featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, this Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

The second installment of this darkly comedic drama will continue to explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting, according to HBO.

Jagannathan joins original cast members Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright, Reese Witherspoon as Madeline MacKenzie, Adam Scott as Ed MacKenzie, Laura Dern as Renata Klein, Shailene Woodley as Jane, Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson.

Meryl Streep has joined the cast as Celeste’s mother-in-law, Mary Louise Wright, alongside other newbies, Bonnie’s mother Elizabeth (played by Crystal Fox) and second-grade teacher Michael Perkins (actor Mo McRae).

Jagannathan, also known for her series regular role of Safar Khan in HBO’s “The Night Of,” is set as one of the leads in A24’s soon-to-be released untitled Pippa Bianco Project. In 2017, she played the role of Annabel Kumar in the film, “Daisy Winters.”

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