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Sarah Jessica Parker found TV divorce process ‘bizarre’

Happily-married actress Sarah Jessica Parker found it “bizarre” how much estranged couples rely on one another during the separation process while researching new series Divorce.
The Sex and the City star portrays the unhappy wife of Thomas Haden Church’s character in the new comedy drama, which follows the estranged pair as it works through the heartbreaking legal process surrounding divorce.
Parker, who also serves as an executive producer on the show, initially came up with the idea of a series focusing on divorce after watching some of her family and friends struggle in real life.
She explained, “We know people who have contemplated divorce, survived divorce, didn’t survive divorce, children making divorce that much more complex and painful… People who have contemplated affairs, had affairs, the marriage has survived the affair despite (the betrayal), the marriage didn’t survive… so these are all stories that are happening. Smart people making not great choices.”
Parker admits she learned a lot while filming the first season of Divorce, which was created by Sharon Horgan, and realised calling it quits on your marriage isn’t as straightforward as she had imagined.
“This is the greatest discovery about divorce: no one’s, for the most part, equipped to divorce… What I discovered about divorce was that you need the other person to divorce,” she told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “The whole idea of separating really requires you to actually hold and stand next to this person and try to reach consensus, be civilised, but you’re desperately in need of this other person, which I find bizarre and challenging and it makes for great story-telling.”
Unlike her new TV character, the 51-year-old has found lasting love – she has been married to actor Matthew Broderick since 1997, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been dogged by split rumours over the years.
However, the couple, which shares three children, refuses to pay any attention to the unfounded gossip as it prefers to keep its private life private.
In a 2013 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Parker insisted their public careers didn’t require them to answer speculation about their marriage.
“Matthew and I come from a different time and place,” she said. “When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors. We didn’t think of fame or money because, honestly, money was never part of the dream.
“When our marriage came up in conversation, it wouldn’t occur to us that we were obligated to respond to allegations or gossip. You have to be a bit circumspect, but you also have to take up a position. And you have to stick to it.”

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