Oh, the feud is on between Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep — or at least their characters — as the actresses film the highly anticipated second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies. It’s different than most celeb spats these days, though, because instead of happening on social media, with the two lobbing messages back and forth, the drama went down in real life, as they filmed their show Wednesday in L.A.
Witherspoon, who’s both a star and producer on the Emmy-winning drama, pelted Meryl Streep, the three-time Oscar winner and a new member of the cast, with ice cream on the street. It’s a dead giveaway that, predictably, Witherspoon’s Madeline Mackenzie will tangle with Streep’s character, Mary Louise Wright, the mother-in-law of Nicole Kidman‘s Celeste Wright.
Immediately after the photos surfaced, the internet stepped in to do its thing, with people quickly crafting funny memes and adding their witty remarks. So while audiences won’t see the footage that was shot of Witherspoon and Streep’s ice cream encounter until Big Little Lies returns in 2019, the scene is already providing plenty of entertainment.
Even Witherspoon weighed in with an amusing comment.
A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Aug 1, 2018 at 5:26pm PDT
Here are some of the best reactions out there so far:
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Me: *opens twitter*
Twitter: Here’s a picture of Reese Witherspoon pelting Meryl Streep with an ice cream cone pic.twitter.com/Lvlb90pjXv
— Ashly Perez 🍃 (@itsashlyperez) August 2, 2018
no ice creams were hurt during that filming of this episode
— Zohar Shamir (@ZoharShamir) August 2, 2018
The Reese Witherspoon ice cream meme is a perfect metaphor for Brexit. pic.twitter.com/pzxvfW5CpI
— ˗ˏˋ niki ˊˎ˗ (@NikiAlbon) August 2, 2018
It’s no longer spill the tea, it’s HURL THE ICE CREAM @RWitherspoon
— Marky (@xhungryhipp0) August 2, 2018
Oh, sure, when Reese Witherspoon throws an ice cream cone at Meryl Streep, you all love it. But when I do it, I get *arrested*
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) August 2, 2018
It took Reese throwing ice cream at Meryl for us to find out if she eats it witherspoon or withoutherspoon. She’s a cone gal!
— omri (@Omri_Rawrlan) August 2, 2018
the pics of reese witherspoon throwing an ice cream cone at meryl streep should be on art books next to picasso and van gogh and all the good art in the world
— Sam (@samwritesstuff1) August 2, 2018
Reese Witherspoon chucking an ice cream cone at Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies already wins an Emmy
— kelly (@notxjenxaniston) August 1, 2018
where were u when you first saw the image of Reese Witherspoon throwing an ice cream cone at Meryl Streep? can’t believe that was 20 years ago already
— aaron michael (@happyasaaron) August 2, 2018
In reality, of course, Witherspoon and Streep are just peachy. Witherspoon recalled her reaction to the news that Streep would join the show’s cast on a March episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers: “[Meryl] sent an email to Nicole and I, and it said, ‘OK, I read the part and I love it and I’m going to do it.’ I, like, dropped the phone and then I called Nicole and was like, ‘Is this real life?'”
What a welcome.
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