'The Girlfriend Experience': Naz Esfahani Exits the Starz Anthology Series, The Affair's Julia Goldani Telles Steps In



The Affair's Julia Goldani Telles has been named as the new lead of the Steven Soderbergh produced anthology series The Girlfriend Experience.

Naz Esfahani, who had joined the Starz series in December, has had to exit due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline has confirmed.

Written and directed by Anja Marquardt (She's Lost Control), The Girlfriend Experience is a reimagining of Soderbergh's 2009 critically acclaimed movie of the same name and explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex.

Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman return as executive producers for Season 3 with Jeff Cuban serving as executive producer. Marquardt also serves as co-executive producer. The series is a Transactional Pictures of NY LP Production in Association with Populist Pictures and Magnolia Pictures.

Telles is well known for her starring turn as Whitney on The Affair, which wrapped up its fifth and final season on Showtime last year, and she also is known for her role on Amy Sherman Palladino's Bunheads opposite Sutton Foster. Telles most recently starred in the supernatural western The Wind, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Lionsgate’s Most Likely To Murder and Sony’s Slender Man opposite Joey King.