Sunday night marked the penultimate episode of season 2 of Showtime’s The Affair, and it’s safe to say we’re slightly addicted. What was our favorite part about season 2? It seems to be the same as that of the Hollywood Foreign Press: actress Maura Tierney, who was the only actor in the cast to get nominated this year.
We weren’t surprised. Tierney has blown it out of the water this season as the ex-wife of Noah Solloway (aka a woman scorned). Her performance has been – and we say this as staunch Ruth Wilson fans – one to watch, and watch again. We caught up with Tierney at her favorite New York food spot, Mary’s Fish Camp, the day she found out she was nominated…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
One of my favorite breakfasts is a soft-boiled egg, spinach and avocado over quinoa. It makes you feel like superman. I don’t eat a lot of them because of the carbs and gluten – blah, blah – but I do love sandwiches. I’d have a sandwich every day for lunch if I could – with a pickle. Ideally I like dinner cooked for me. If someone is making me dinner, I’m not picky.
What are your morning and nightly beauty regimens?
How has the second season of The Affair compared to the first?
This season – in addition to adding the points of view of Helen and Cole, which was very fun for me – has been more about consequences, culpability and the ability or lack thereof to accept responsibility. All of the characters are struggling with this on some level and the murder mystery was given a larger role.
What was it like first finding out you had a POV this season? Were you excited?
Yes. It was discussed a bit last season. I visited the writer’s room before we started shooting this year and they had already completed what I thought was a very compelling arc for Helen, so I was very excited to start work.
Does your personal ‘marital status’ affect your views on the affair on the show? How so?
No; I’m divorced, but that doesn’t change my view on the affair on the show – or affairs in general.
Helen was on Tinder a of couple episodes ago. What do you personally think about the new wave of dating apps?
I don’t know! I have no experience and most likely never will. Not that that’s either good or bad – just true.
There was a point on the show where your version of a mediator was two men across a table from you, and Noah’s version was the mediator sitting in the middle. How do you think The Affair is important to female empowerment if at all?
To the extent that any TV show can be important that way, I think our show, perhaps because a woman created it (Sarah Treem), seems to be able to not trick the audience into rooting for the patriarchy. The female characters are not in any way the cause of, or blamed for, the actions of the men.
How does it feel being the only actor on the show nominated for a Golden Globe?
It feels great to be nominated, but I do believe it is an ensemble show and wish the other actors were nominated as well. I love them.
Who will you thank first if you win?
I’m sure the Hollywood Foreign Press. My category is very broad and encompasses a lot of very talented actresses so it’s quite nice to be noticed.
Will you go to a celebratory meal in light of your nomination and/or win? Where to?
Yes, some friends and I had lunch at Mary’s Fish Camp in my neighborhood.
Your favorite LA and NYC restaurants…
If you could host a dinner party with any five people, living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
I would have my dad come back for a night and have dinner with me and my mom and sister and brother. I would make beef stew.
*Maura Tierney, photographed at Mary’s Fish Camp in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.