Rob Delaney’s character on “Catastrophe” has a lot in common with Rob Delaney the actor. They’re both married parents to small children – and both of them are recovering alcoholics. But the part of the show that feels the closest to home, Delaney says, is the financial fear that comes with raising a family in London. The third season of the Amazon series, which focuses on the relationship Delaney’s character has with co-creator Sharon Horgan’s character, is released Friday. (Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos also owns The Washington Post.) Lisa Bonos of Solo-ish spoke with Delaney about love, marriage, parenthood – and the ability of humor to get a couple through almost anything. The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Bonos: You and Sharon Horgan play a couple who barely know each other before getting married and having kids. Even on the second kid, Sharon and Rob are in a state of: Should we stay together? What do you think keeps these characters together, and what is it that’s pushing them apart at the same time?
Delaney: They make each other laugh, which is important. I couldn’t be in a marriage where my spouse didn’t make me laugh a lot. They care about the same things, so they connect intellectually as well as with sense of humor. Yeah, they make stupid decisions and there’s problems, and life stresses intrude. But I think that they like each other in addition to love each other.
Q: I’m single; most of my readers are single. Is there some element to marriage, that no matter how long a couple has been together, they’re still kind of strangers to each other?