• Courteney Cox is set to play best-selling romance author Pat Phelps in the upcoming series "Shining Vale"
  • Cox said the role offered her "so many opportunities" to express herself through art
  • The "Friends" alum said the character was very different from the roles she'd previously taken on

Courteney Cox is getting candid about how she can relate to her character in the new Starz horror-comedy series "Shining Vale."

In the upcoming show, the "Friends" alum plays best-selling romance author Pat Phelps, who feels dissatisfied with her life 17 years after publishing her hit novel. Nearly two decades later, Pat is struggling to finish her second book, and her marriage is on the rocks after she cheated on her husband Terry (Greg Kinnear) with a handyman.

Pat and her family move to the suburbs of Connecticut from Brooklyn as Pat attempts to repair her marriage with her husband while parenting her two teenage kids. There, Pat encounters a ghost (Mira Sorvino) that only she is able to see.

According to Cox, she can relate to her character's midlife crisis, and the role offered her "so many opportunities" to express herself through art.

"Going through a midlife crisis — I understand that. Being at that stage in life where, we don't want to say the word 'menopause,' but that's what she's dealing with," Cox told The Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday.

"And what else," she continued, "... marriage and how it's work, man. A lot of work. And what it's like to be a mom to a teenager — that it's not easy. Some of the best acting moments of my whole career came from this show."

The "Zoom" star was previously married to David Arquette. They co-parent their 17-year-old daughter, Coco. The exes recently reunited on-screen for the fifth installment of the "Scream" franchise.

"It's a cathartic experience to just be able to act opposite Courteney," Arquette told The New York Times last month. "It's been 25 years of our lives. We've grown up together. We have a child together."

Cox has played various roles in her four decades in the showbiz industry, including Monica Geller in the hit sitcom "Friends," Gale Weathers in the "Scream" franchise and divorced single mom Jules Cobb in "Cougar Town."

However, Cox told L.A. Times that she feels Pat is much different than the characters she'd previously played.

"It's been a while since I acted [on this scale]," Cox explained. "This role has helped me find a new excitement in it."

"Shining Vale," which was created by Jeff Astrof and Sharon Horgan, stars Cox, Kinnear, Sorvino, Sherilyn Fenn, Merrin Dungey and Judith Light.

"Shining Vale" will premiere on Starz on March 6 at 10 p.m. EST.

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Courteney Cox is not shy to talk about how she and David Arquette break up. Pictured: Actress Courteney Cox attends UCLA IOES celebration of the Champions of our Planet's Future on March 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown