Friday 23 June 2017

Irish actress Sharon Horgan writing new movie for Reese Witherspoon after Sarah Jessica Parker 'Divorce' hit

Sharon Horgan: Meath writer has the Midas touch. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Sharon Horgan: Meath writer has the Midas touch. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Sharon Horgan created the new TV series 'Divorce'
Actress Reese Witherspoon
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan in 'Catastrophe'

Lynne Kelleher

Irish comedy star Sharon Horgan has revealed she is penning a new movie for Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon.

The Meath writer has been earning critical acclaim for her new TV series, Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Actress Reese Witherspoon
Actress Reese Witherspoon

The mother-of-two has conquered the small screen with a string of TV hits including Pulling and Catastrophe, but now she has her sights set on Hollywood.

She is following in the footsteps of best-selling author Cecilia Ahern, who has seen three of her novels turned into movie blockbusters.

Star turn: Sarah Jessica Parker stars in the new HBO series Divorce
Star turn: Sarah Jessica Parker stars in the new HBO series Divorce

Sharon Horgan told Red magazine she has teamed up with the Walk the Line star, who has recently produced hits like Gone Girl and Wild.

She said: “Reese set up her own production company specifically to create better roles for women because she was fed up with getting sent scripts where she was some funny guy’s girlfriend,” Sharon explained.

Creator and Executive Producer Sharon Horgan attends the
Creator and Executive Producer Sharon Horgan attends the "Divorce" New York Premiere at SVA Theater on October 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

“She saw Pulling and that’s why we hooked up.”

The American actress also took to social media a few months ago to tell of her love for Horgan’s TV sitcom, Catastrophe, which revolved around her character’s surprise pregnancy and an unlikely romance.

Sharon Horgan created the new TV series 'Divorce'
Sharon Horgan created the new TV series 'Divorce'

The Irish writer said she was delighted with the glowing endorsement from Witherspoon, whose input really helped her TV series gain traction in the US.

“She was so great about Catastrophe,” said Sharon. “She definitely piled a few extra thousand viewers by Instagramming about it.”

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan in 'Catastrophe'
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan in 'Catastrophe'

The TV funnywoman teamed up with Rob Delaney – America’s most influential Twitter comedian – to make the romantic comedy about an Irish teacher and an American businessman, who, after a week of frantic bunking-up in London, discover that she is expecting a baby.

The 46-year-old actress – who has two daughters of her own, Sadhbh (12) and Amer (8) – has said her own recollections of her pregnancies were part of the inspiration for the character.

The in-demand star – who is the sister of ex-Irish rugby player Shane Horgan– said she was bowled over when Sarah Jessica Parker approached her to write a show for her return to the small screen after the iconic Sex In The City series.

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