Di­vorce

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As the ex-Mrs Ge­orge Clooney (they di­vorced in 1993, four years after their Las Ve­gas elope­ment dur­ing which they were mar­ried by an Elvis im­per­son­ator), Talia Bal­sam has loads of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence for tack­ling her new role in com­edy series Di­vorce (2016-cur­rent). She’s play­ing Frances’s (Sarah Jes­sica Parker) best friend, di­vorced mom Dal­las.

Ge­orge ad­mits, “I prob­a­bly – no, 1

def­i­nitely – wasn’t some­one who should’ve been mar­ried at that point. I just don’t feel like I gave Talia a fair shot.” But un­like Di­vorce’s Robert (Thomas Haden Church), Talia claims that Ge­orge han­dled their di­vorce with grace. “Ge­orge is charm­ing. He re­mains charm­ing. I’ve worked with him.”

The 57-year-old has been mar­ried 2

to John Slat­terly, who played her char­ac­ter Mona’s hus­band Roger Ster­ling in pe­riod drama Mad Men (20072015), since 1998. “I’m mar­ried, very hap­pily mar­ried now,” she beams.

The New York na­tive and John 3

mar­ried on the Hawai­ian is­land of Kauai in 1998 and have one child, 17-year-old son Harry.

Be­ing the less fa­mous per­son in 4

her re­la­tion­ships is a fa­mil­iar feel­ing, dat­ing back to child­hood. Talia still has her fa­ther Martin’s Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor Os­car, which he won for his role in movie A Thou­sand Clowns (1965).

Her mom Joyce Van Pat­ten played 5

sub­stance-abus­ing mom-in-law Mau­reen Slat­tery in the sit­com Un­hap­pily Ever After (1995-1996).

Talia adds that grow­ing up in an 6

act­ing fam­ily has been help­ful to her pro­fes­sion­ally. “I knew early what I wanted to do. I had the ben­e­fit of watch­ing good peo­ple show me what it re­ally is to be an ac­tor – the day-in and day-out of it,” she ex­plains.

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