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‘The Affair’: Maura Tierney Defends Noah — He Was ‘Brave’ To Leave His Family

Fri, October 16, 2015 5:28pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments
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On season two of ‘The Affair,’ Maura Tierney’s Helen is doing anything and everything she can to move on from her husband after he had an affair. However, in real life, Maura’s reaction may to the situation may surprise you.

Even though she’s having pretty steamy sex with a fling from her past, Helen is not happy. So, how does Maura Tierney feel when she’s watching The Affair? HollywoodLife.com caught up with the actress at PaleyFest in New York to hear about how Helen will “find a peaceful place with her ex-husband.” But seeing him happy with another woman probably isn’t the easiest. So, why was she “rootiing for the affair?”

“When the show was pitched to me by Sarah Treem, I liked the idea that he had an affair and then everything opposite happens — he becomes wildly successful, rich, famous, all of his dreams come true once he walks away from this family,” she told us exclusively at before The Affair panel in NYC. But her tone wasn’t out of anger — but admiration. “He’s also brave; he has courage and he’s finding his truth which I like.”

She also went on to say that maybe others should take some life tips from Noah (Dominic West).

“I think it’s really interesting to choose your own happiness over anybody else’s. People never do that and if people did do that, it might be a less angry world,” she said. “So I sort of like the idea that [Noah and Alison] were soulmates — that they met and had to be together.”

During the show, we also see flash forwards to the future, where Noah is actually heading to trial for the murder of Scotty. It came as a surprise to us when we saw that it was his ex, Helen, paying for his lawyer. “I don’t know if she thinks he did it, but I think she does not want the father of her children to go to jail,” she said. “She’s already kind of raising four kids on her own, but if he’s in jail, she’s really raising four kids on her own. I think she loves him still. I don’t know if she’s still in love with him.” Catch up on The Affair for free on Amazon Prime.

Tune in to The Affair every Sunday night at 9pm, and let us know — do you see Maura’s side? Were you rooting for the affair? Let us know!

— Emily Longeretta