It’s hard to imagine lovely, positive feelings blooming from something as shitty as a divorce, but I think when two people are mature and self-aware like Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall are, anything is possible. For the last few years, Dexter fans have been curious about what it must be like working side-by-side with your ex-spouse every single day, especially in the emotionally close kind of way these two do. Rumors have floated around about Michael C. Hall allegedly having an affair with season 5 co-star Julia Stiles, blah blah blah. Regardless of what really happened, divorce fucking sucks, but these two might have the best celebrity divorce of all time.
At the PaleyFest Dexter Fall Farewell event, Jennifer Carpenter opened up about everything fans and celebrity gossip mongers have wondered about for a long time (yes, I fall into both categories proudly):
“Our marriage didn’t look like anyone else’s, and our divorce didn’t either, so…I said it before, just because the marriage ended doesn’t mean the love did,” Carpenter replied, her voice breaking. “I’m crying. It’s an awkward thing to talk about your personal life in front of a bunch of strangers, but there’s nothing but love and respect between us. Nothing.”
I love that – “Our marriage didn’t look like anyone else’s.” Damn straight, Jennifer! Most married couples don’t work together at all, let alone portraying a semi-incestual brother and sister duo on the set of a series about vigilante serial killer. But seriously, I think this is a lovely thing to say about the whole thing. Don’t forget, these two dealt with Hall’s cancer diagnosis in addition to everything else that must have been going on. Kudos to them for not being petty, at least not publicly. Some couples could learn a thing or two from them.
Hall even chimed in about it, not wanting to leave Jennifer high and dry on her tightrope of emotion (I’m just guessing):
“I would say the fact that Jennifer and I worked through whatever was going on with us personally the way we did and maintained telling the story was never in question,” he explained. “It was always what we needed or wanted to do.”
Since they’re so good at making us all feel better about things, I’m wondering if they’ll be able to talk me down from the ledge when the series ends for good next Sunday?