My separate lives
NEW Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica parker on her return to TV to play a wannabe divorcee
Comedy welve years after she said goodbye to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker returns to TV for more emotional turmoil in Sky Atlantic’s Divorce.
The 10-parter features Sarah as Frances, an executive headhunter who lives in a picturesque suburb outside New York with her husband, Robert (Thomas Haden Church), and their two children.
Frances is secretly having an affair, and following a dramatic incident at a friend’s birthday party, she decides to ask for a divorce – only to find a clean break isn’t as easy as she’d thought.
Here, Sarah, 51, tells us more about what’s in store...
TIt’s quite a dark comedy, isn’t it? The show is a half-hour comedy, but the comedy comes from the ridiculous behaviour of smart people doing stupid things,
and being cruel and selfish. What was it about the series that drew you back to television after so many years? I’d been developing this show for about four years. There wasn’t a script, specifically – there was just a story I was wanting to tell: the story of a marriage and an affair. I think the show will address the hopes, dreams and disappointments of a particular generation of people.
Why did you ask Sharon Horgan (creator and star of C4 hit Catastrophe and BBC sitcom Pulling) to write the script?
I thought she would suit the tone the series needed – the seriousness and sadness but also humour in her writing. I was looking for something that sat in a world between comedy and drama.
Are Frances and Robert really victims of circumstances beyond their control?
Well, the collapse of the US economy in 2008 plays a role – it’s one of the reasons for Robert’s professional demise, and why Frances, like so many women, has become the person who’s supporting the family and giving up her own dreams in the process.
How is Frances different from Carrie Bradshaw?
Her circumstances are so real and recognisable and relatable in a different way from Carrie Bradshaw. Basically, every choice Frances made has been really, really different: her relationship with men, with children, with friendships, with the city… It all feels so different for me as an actor.
Are you worried that
Frances’ affair might make viewers dislike her?
Some people have asked me, ‘Aren’t you worried she’s not likeable?’ But Tony Soprano was a murderer, and we loved him. You can like somebody even if they make poor choices. And I actually think Frances and Robert are equally unlikeable. I think Robert is dear and earnest, but then he says to her, ‘I’m going to make sure your children hate you,’ which is just disgraceful.
IS PREVIEWED on PAGES 58-59 British-canadian Kim,
60, who played PR executive Samantha Jones, has appeared in several plays in British theatres, written books on female sexuality, starred in C4’s Any Human Heart and ITV’S My Boy Jack, and the Canadian version of the sitcom Sensitive Skin. Cynthia, 50, who played lawyer miranda Hobbes, has won an emmy, Grammy and
Tony in her years since
Sex and the City. She’s about to be seen as Nancy Reagan in the TV movie Killing Reagan. Since playing former art dealer Charlotte Goldenblatt, Kristin,
51, has starred in
2006 film Deck the
Halls, advertised shampoo, been a judge on Project Runway and made her West end debut in Fatal Attraction.
Robert and Frances are as bad as each other, says Sarah