Lisa Edelstein latest endeavor is playing Abby McCarth in Bravo’s first scripted show, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and recently opened up about the new role and show.
The former House alum plays a middle-aged self-help author recently separated from her stay-at-home-dad husband, played by Paul Adelstein. In her confusion and struggle to learn how to be single again, she seeks advice from her divorced friends Lyla, played by Janeane Garofalo, and Phoebe, played by Beau Garrett.
Edelstein told The Hollywood Reporter that her character’s vulnerability was a huge factor in drawing her to the role.
“There were maybe only four jobs that I wanted that I didn’t get or just didn’t work out timing-wise,” said Edelstein. “This was finally that one because she’s a smart woman who’s my age, but who’s also vulnerable. Especially since House, people just see me as this ‘I’ve got it under control’ woman, and this woman does not have it under control. I get to use more of me to play her. The writing is so smart, raw and funny; it’s everything that you could wish for in a show. It’s dramatic and hilarious, but it’s grounded in a realness. It’s not over the top.”
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Edelstein told the magazine that the show’s tone is unique and unlike any other show.
“It’s got a really different tone than anything else on TV, but of course it’s been compared to Sex in the City and Girls because it’s about women, though it’s not only about women. But I think if you were going to start there, it’s a much more raw take on relationships than you would see in Sex in the City. You’re not going to see those kind of scenes in Sex in the City.”
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Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce airs 10 p.m. Tuesdays on Bravo.