Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Star Necar Zadegan on Playing a Strong Woman Who "Doesn’t Need Any Man’s Money”
The second season of Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce premiered this month on Bravo, and it has returned with more hilarious drama focused on four fierce friends, Abby (Lisa Edelstein), Phoebe (Beau Garrett), Jo (Alanna Ubach), and Delia (Necar Zadegan). The new season starts where we left off: Three are dealing with life and dating after divorce, and hilariously so; and the fourth, Delia the divorce lawyer, is contemplating marriage for the first time after being proposed to by one of her newly-divorced and very rich clients.
Let’s start there, with Delia.
This season begins with Delia planning the wedding, engagement party, and all. In the show, she says: “You know what, I’m sick and tired of being told that I don’t know my own mind. I’m pretty damn clear—I’m not going to be a professional wife, and I’m not anyone’s blushing bride.” That’s right, Delia! We have come to count on her for being a strong, independent professional who gets up, puts on a killer dress, and goes to work every day, unlike the other three who have much more flexible (read: flimsier) schedules. However, we see her confidence slowly fading because of her pushy, insistent, and somewhat jerky fiancé, Gordon Beech (Matthew Glave).
So, what’s the deal with Delia? We had to know, which is why we invited the actress who plays her, Necar Zadegan, to the InStyle New York offices to give us the download. Scroll down to find out what she had to say about sticking up for what you deserve, not settling for less than what you want, dressing for success, and more.
It’s just so much fun to play someone like Delia.
"Delia is the only character in the show who has become the woman she’s always wanted to be,” says Zadegan. "That’s a big deal. Yet, now she finds herself in this moment—she has what she always wanted, yet she still feels like she has to make concessions and she’s not even sure it’s what she wants. It’s real. It’s interesting to watch a character like this go through a situation like that. Our show is called Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, but it’s really about love. Love is the biggest mystery of life and relationships are hard. If they weren’t, more people would be in them."
She hopes women can feel as powerful as her character.
"Delia’s a bad-ass B. She’s good at what she does. She doesn’t need any man’s money. She knows herself. What’s so beautiful to me about women who are in positions of power and strong and seemingly strong is how much fragility they have to place in private places."
She wants Delia to represent a woman who doesn’t settle.
"Modern women have a series of things that we contend with that our mothers and some of our predecessors didn’t. When I was growing up, it was no question that I believed I could have it all without catering to a man. But I think our mothers thought they still had to. That question is a real question for us too. Do you have to cater to a man? Now, women can compete economically. It’s no longer finding the richest guy, marrying him, and getting money. Now, it’s go to school, get an education, and marry anybody you want."
Delia’s wardrobe is epic.
“I play an attorney that’s based in Los Angeles, so it’s a very specific look. The weather is warm all the time and the characters are very body conscious. By comparison to some other characters on the show, Delia is the only one who has to think about work in regards to what she wears. So we do try to do that. I wear a lot of Prabal Gurung and Altuzarra. I’m hoping to bring in some Narciso Rodriguez. This is not a lawyer you’ve seen before. She is not Cynthia Nixon in Sex and the City."
She wants women everywhere to continue to love the show.
"Women love the show because women are intellectual. We make up more than half the population and we are not celebrated in the entertainment world as leads in the same way men are. So, of course women are thrilled with this show. I am! And the power extends behind the scenes, too. My showrunner is a female. We had a ton of female directors this year. Look around: Women surround themselves with other women. We must be able to watch stories about our own lives."
Watch Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.