Sarah Jessica Parker on Returning to Television in HBO's 'Divorce'

"It's like a muscle that slightly atrophies. You just have to slightly remind it of the routine," she said at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
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Sarah Jessica Parker

Over a decade after Sex and the City ended its six-season run on HBO, Sarah Jessica Parker is readying her return to the pay cable network.

Starring in the new comedy Divorce, the actress said Saturday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that getting back into the swing of things wasn't too hard. "It's like a muscle that slightly atrophies. You just have to slightly remind it of the routine," Parker said from the Beverly Hilton stage. "But it all just reminded me of how much I love television."

The show, created by Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan, centers on a married couple (played by Parker and Thomas Haden Church) in the midst of a divorce, something Parker was eager to explore. "I was always interested in the story of marriage, that's how this all started. ... There's so much to say about this period in life," said the actress, who also is an executive producer on the project.

"The exercise is so brutal," she added. "What we thought of [when we were making the show] is that if you divorce, you need the other person a whole lot. Divorce is always thought of as this solitary endeavor. For me, I thought about how much you need a partner in wholeness and that's the only way I can compare it to my own [life.]"

When asked about how her role on the show as Frances compares to her career-defining turn as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, Parker insisted that the two characters couldn't be more different. "Frances was so much her own person from the moment I read the pilot. She's so distinct from not only Carrie but all the characters I've ever played," she said, adding that the only time the writers were cognizant of making Frances distinct from the other women Parker has embodied was when it came to wardrobe.

Divorce is set to premiere Sunday, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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