"I think [my new character] Frances was so much her own person from the moment I read the pilot," Parker told reporters at the summer Television Critics' Association press tour on Saturday. "She was so distinct, not only from Carrie but from every character that I’ve ever played."
Parker, who is both starring and serving as an executive producer in the dramedy, revealed that she was "automatically" drawn to this new role as Frances and "interested in the story of marriage" as opposed to all those years playing out Carrie's single gal journey.
"I don’t think that we actually talked a lot about trying to make [Frances] different [from Carrie]. This story is different," she said. "The only time that we really were cognizant of distinction was when we started really talking about the wardrobe and understanding that there was an obvious connection between a skeleton and clothing."
When it comes to the clothing on Divorce, don’t expect to see the 51-year-old actress wearing Manolo Blahniks and couture gowns. Instead, Parker herself wanted a "utilitarian" and '70s-inspired look in for Frances.
"Everything Frances wears is used," she said, adding that she and head costume designer, Arjun Bhasin, scoured Vintage Etsy for pieces. "It’s a very specific idea about somebody who has an aesthetic that will be revealed over more over the season and fashion doesn’t dictate [her life]."
"For the most part, it’s required by law that when you walk into work that you be dressed," Parker mused. "[Fashion for Frances] is not another character. It’s the whole person in a much more subtle way."
Divorce premieres Sunday Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.