Sarah Jessica Parker on why her vintage-loving new character is no Carrie Bradshaw

Sex and the City icon Sarah Jessica Parker has HBO drama Divorce to thank for her long-awaited return to the small screen, and fans couldn't be more excited. But her character Frances is no Carrie Bradshaw 2.0, and the actress says her new role is completely different.

The outfits are more function over fashion for starters. "Pretty much everything Frances wears is used, whether it's from Etsy, vintage or thrift shops along the northeast corridor," Sarah said at the Television Critics Association's press tour at the weekend.

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"It's a very specific idea about somebody who has an aesthetic that will be revealed more over the course of the season, but fashion doesn't dictate."

Sarah's new role is at complete odds to the years she spent playing fashion-obsessed writer Carrie, which she says is one of the things that attracted her to not only act in the programme, but also serve as an executive producer.

"Frances was her own person. From the moment I read the pilot, she was so distinct from not only Carrie, but any character I've ever played," Sarah said. "I don't think that we actually talked about trying to make her different. This story is different. I was always interested in the story of marriage.

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"That's how it all started. By virtue of just that interest alone, it was automatically different."

The 51-year-old played Carrie for over six years and has previously revealed that she is quite different to her alter ego, despite many people assuming they would be the same.

"I like clothing, but I don't have anywhere near a fevered relationship that she does," Sarah told E! in October 2015.

However they do have some things in common. "I think in many ways I'm like Carrie because I would much prefer to be interviewing you, for instance," she said.

"I'm very curious about other people, and that's why I like the subway. Because I can just watch people."

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