As Sex And The City’s Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker spent six years looking for “love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.”
And, eventually, she found it with commitment-phobe Mr Big (Chris Noth).
However, it seems as if love wasn’t all it cracked up to be, as SJP’s latest character is looking for a fast ticket outta lovesville.
Hey, that’s what you get when you’re starring in an HBO dramedy called Divorce, we guess.
In Divorce, the 51-year-old actress plays Frances, who unexpectedly demands a divorce from her husband (Thomas Haden Church) because she wants to find happiness and start a new single chapter in her life.
Or as she puts it: “I want to save my life while I still care about it.”
Watch the Divorce trailer below:
The official synopsis reads: “The half-hour comedy series DIVORCE (ten episodes) stars Sarah Jessica Parker, who also serves as an executive producer, as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.”
There’s no denying that Parker’s role could not be further from that of her SATC days – and that’s something which the actress is revelling in.
Speaking with Glamour about how the show defies gender expectations, she said: “It used to be [in the 1960s] men were leaving marriages; now it’s women.
“Many women are breadwinners and are the ones making decisions, and it’s the men who are filled with chaos.”
It will transpire in the series that Parker’s character has been having an affair – a move which causes her husband to lock her out of the house with nothing but a “mini suitcase and a grocery bag full of bras.”
Towards the end of the trailer, however, we see the couple sitting down together with a therapist, as SJP asks her husband: “What can I do to make you trust me again?”
It remains unclear as to whether or not these events precede her request for a divorce, or the couple are hoping to transform their divorce into a conscious uncoupling.
However one thing remains clear; this show is attempting to correct the theory put forward by most films and television shows, that marriage always ends with the happy-ever-after.
In Divorce, we learn that a relationship can take many routes.
“What we had was crazy, and fun," explains Frances, "but it ended because it needed to end.”
Parker and Church will star alongside Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, and Tracy Letts in the series, which was penned by Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan.
HBO is set to premiere Divorce on October 9.