Sarah Jessica Parker is not channeling Carrie Bradshaw in her new HBO comedy series Divorce. For starters, unlike Carrie, her new alter ego Frances “was so much her own person from the moment I read the pilot,” the actress explained at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday. “She was so distinct from not only Carrie, but from every other character I’ve ever played.”
Parker, who took the TCA stage alongside leading man Thomas Haden Church, series creator Sharon Horgan and exec producer Paul Simms, added that the only time “we really were cognizant of” distinguishing Frances from Carrie was “when we started talking really about the wardrobe and understanding that there was an obvious connection between, like, a skeleton and clothing.” Parker said Frances’ style is inspired by “’70s cinema… so pretty much everything Frances wears is used.
“I don’t think that we actually talked a lot about trying to make her different,” Parker continued. “This story is different. I was always interested in the story of marriage. By virtue of that interest alone, it was automatically different.”
Jumping back into another series a decade after Sex and the City ended its run “reminded me of how much I love television,” said Parker. “I love the process, the speed, the urgency.”
Divorce premieres Oct. 9 at 10/9c on HBO.