Sarah Jessica Parker thinks Jemaine Clement is a 'real man'

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This is the story of a very, very long Divorce. Executive Producer Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church star in HBO’s new comedy series.

Who is Sarah Jessica Parker's idea of a "real man"? Jemaine Clement apparently.

While it was first reported well over a year ago that Clement would be appearing opposite Parker in her upcoming HBO TV series Divorce, it seems the Kiwi actor wasn't always first choice.

"In the pilot, originally, it was a young fellow," Parker told TimeOut. "I was like, 'I think it would be much more interesting if she was having an affair with a real man'."

Jemaine Clement, a "real man".
Kane Skennar

Jemaine Clement, a "real man".

So who did they call? You know it.

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Kiwi funnyman Clement plays a Manhattan-based literature professor named Julian in the Divorce pilot episode, which included "one of the most awkward sex scenes I've ever been involved in," he told Stuff in September last year.

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in Divorce, a new dramedy from HBO.

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in Divorce, a new dramedy from HBO.

"Usually they're awkward on purpose, but this one just happened to be unintentionally awkward."

Divorce stars Parker as a middle aged woman whose marriage falls apart after her husband discovers she is having an affair. The 51-year-old actress is also an executive producer for the show.

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