Autopsy of a clash: Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, conflict and the city – Elle

January 2021: The HBO channel formalizes the return of “Sex and the City.” After six seasons and two films, the cult series will be back on the small screen in December with a revival of ten episodes. A happy news that immediately makes the happiness of millions of fans around the world … until they discover that an iconic actress of the saga will be absent from this sequel. Kim Cattrall won’t be donning Samantha Jones bodycon dresses and high heels again. A little surprising announcement when we know the tensions that have punctuated his relationship with Sarah Jessica Parker for several years.

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Between “Sex and the City” and Kim Cattrall, the story could never have started. When offered the role of the gang’s man-biteer in the late 2000s, the actress is not convinced. In an interview for ‘Public’ in 2020, she said: ‘Initially, the image of these women trying to grapple with a man struck me as so depressing and so pathetic … And I didn’t want to go into this management, especially since I was in my forties! But Darren Star, the writer and producer, convinced me. “When the series came out, the success was immediate. The heroines’ freedom of tone, their looks and their amorous and sexual adventures seduce the public, making the four actresses of the show international stars.

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But behind the glitter and the glory unfolds an entirely different reality. As an article in the “New York Post“, Clans would have quickly formed on the film set: Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon, who have known each other since adolescence, have included Kristin Davis, alias Charlotte, in their group. For her part, Kim Cattrall is close to the creator and producer of the series, Darren Star. But after the second season, he left the show in favor of Michael Patrick King, friend of… Sarah Jessica Parker, who became, at the same time, executive producer. The interpreter of Samantha Jones is then isolated. “Page Six” said at the time that during a filming in Atlantic City, Sarah Jessica Parker even went so far as to rent a house where all the actresses would stay… except Kim Cattrall. Atmosphere…

Disagreements in public

Until the end of the filming of the series, the many tensions between actresses, however, remain private. The public does not suspect that the four best friends on the screen are not in reality … until 2004. After its sixth season, “Sex and the City” is coming to an end. At the Emmy Awards that year, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis sit side by side, while Kim Cattrall stands apart. What arouse the suspicions of journalists on possible tensions. She will answer them, “Are we best friends?” No. We are professional actresses. We have separate lives ”.

Kim Cattrall adds a layer a few months later. In December 2004, while giving an interview on the set of “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”, the actress admits that the end of the series is notably due to the impossibility of finding a financial agreement: “After six years , I felt that we should all take advantage of the financial windfall of “Sex and The City”. When they didn’t seem enthusiastic, I decided it was time for me to move on ”. The disagreement had lasted for several seasons already, Kim Cattrall trying to negotiate a salary increase, without success, especially with Sarah Jessica Parker, who became the show’s executive producer.

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The road to appeasement?

Time will eventually ease tensions. In 2008, the four actresses meet for the first film from the universe of “Sex and the City”. Kim Cattrall will tell in an interview with “Marie Claire” why she finally changed her mind: “Four years ago, I was going through a painful divorce, the series was coming to an end and I learned that my father had dementia. . I felt it was time to be with my real family. A year and a half later, when the script was sent to me, I was ready and strong enough to get back into Samantha’s shoes. In a way, I’m glad I waited. ”

But the peace will be short-lived. In 2009, while the second film is in preparation, an article in “New York Magazine” explains that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall no longer speak to each other, “making everyone uncomfortable on the set”. The feature film finally comes out in 2010 and this time, it’s Kim Cattrall who denies any disagreement with her colleague: “I think Sarah is right, people don’t want to believe that we get along. They are too invested in this idea of ​​two strong, accomplished women fighting. This offers juicy gossip. There would be nothing to write about the fact that we are friends ”.

Reasons for failure

Yet the third part of the film will never see the light of day. Sarah Jessica Parker announces the news in 2017, bitter: “It’s over. We won’t … I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, and very relevant storyline and story. The “Daily Mail” explains this failure would have been caused by the “extravagant” demands of Kim Cattrall. Rumors that make the actress very angry. She decides to explain herself on the set of Piers Morgan: “It’s not about having more money, it’s not about having more scenes. It’s not about any of those things. It is a clear decision, the decision to end one chapter of my life and start another. “The actress continues explaining that Sarah Jessica Parker” could have been nicer to her “and balances:” We have never been friends. We have been colleagues and in some ways it is better this way, because there is a clear dividing line between professional and personal life. “In 2018, Sarah Jessica Parker explains that she was heartbroken by this sentence:” All week, it really upset me because that’s not how I remember our experience. “

And things are not going to work out for the actress playing the role of Carrie Bradshaw. In February 2018, while Kim Cattrall was experiencing a personal tragedy (her brother, Chris, committed suicide), Sarah Jessica Parker left her a simple message of condolence on her Instagram account. The response will be extremely violent. In a post, Kim Cattrall writes, “I don’t need your love or support in this Sarah Jessica Parker tragedy. My mom asked me today “When will that hypocrite Sarah Jessica Parker leave you alone?” Your repeated attempts to try to get in touch with me are a painful reminder of your cruelty then and now. So let me be VERY clear (if I haven’t already been clear enough): you are not my family, you are not my friend. I am writing this message to ask you to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your image as a “nice girl”. Sarah Jessica Parker takes the shock, silently.

The end of Samantha Jones

So, in 2021, when the announcement of the revival of “Sex and the City” falls, the absence of Kim Cattrall in the cast does not surprise anyone. If some fans wonder how the writers will manage to explain the disappearance of Samantha Jones from the group of girlfriends, others claim that this new season may be very bland without the punchlines of the most sassy of the band: “Happy to see you again but Kim / Samantha will be missed, ”one of them wrote in the commentary. A message to which Sarah Jessica Parker replied: “To us too. We loved him so much. “While another fan of the series insinuates that this absence is linked to the disagreement between the actresses, she replies:” No. I don’t hate her. I never said that. Never. Samantha is not part of this story. But she will always be a part of us. It doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing. “

If they will not see her again in the revival of “Sex and the City”, admirers of Kim Cattrall will however be able to find her in another series, just as awaited: the spin-off of “How I Met Your Mother”, with Hilary Duff in the lead role, which is scheduled for release in 2022. Kim Cattrall has chosen her side. And it’s not Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Autopsy of a clash: Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, conflict and the city – Elle