Unlike the character of Mr. Big, the conversation around Kim Cattrall’s exit from the Sex and the City universe just won’t die. Thanks to Kim, of course, who is always more than happy to remind us that she’s done done with that period of her life. But no one can accuse Kim of burning bridges, because it sounds like that bridge was reduced to nothing but charcoal twigs and smoking ask years ago. Which would be why Kim didn’t hesitate to talk about how the crew on HBO’s And Just Like That… wasn’t exactly rushing to screen print her name on the back of a foldable set chair. Kim says she wasn’t at all surprised that she wasn’t involved with AJLT, because they made zero effort to invite her.
That might be why Sarah Jessica Parker would be so shocked if she ever came to work and found Kim sitting there, asking what time they all broke for lunch. Because according to Kim, Samantha’s return was never on the table. Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King let it be known a few months ago that there’s no way Kim could ever join the cast of AJLT, regardless of how many future season renewals they get, and it’s solely because of the trash she’s talked about Sex and the City in the past. Kim confirmed as much when she did a recent interview with Variety to promote Peacock’s reimagining of Queer as Folk and her role as the narrator on How I Met Your Father. Kim acknowledges that people wanted to see more of Samantha Jones, but her conversations surrounding that possible third SATC film was the nail in Samantha’s coffin. via Variety:
“I was never asked to be part of the reboot. I made my feelings clear after the possible third movie, so I found out about it like everyone else did – on social media.”
As you likely recall, Kim talked trash about working with Sarah Jessica Parker and implied the set of SATC was beyond toxic and mean. She also claimed she was “bullied” over her decision to skip a third SATC film. Kim is still talking trash, and still about that third film. She tells Variety that she was horrified to learn what SATC 3 had in store, like Miranda and Steve’s teenage son Brady sending nudes to Samantha, while also accusing And Just Like That… of being a lazy re-write of whatever they planned to do in that third film.
Variety: You read the script to the third movie, in which Big was supposed to die.
Kim Cattrall: The series is basically the third movie. That’s how creative it was.
Variety: If there had been a third movie, Samantha’s storyline involved her getting unwanted pictures from Brady?
Kim Cattrall: It’s heartbreaking.
Variety: What would you have liked Samantha to do?
Kim Cattrall: Why can’t Samantha, who owns her PR company – maybe she had to sell it because of financial woes? 2008 was tough. Some people are still recovering. She had to sell it to some guy who’s wearing a hoodie, and that’s the dilemma she has. I mean that’s a scenario that was kind of off the top of one of my reps’ heads, and I thought that’s a great idea. That’s a conflict. Instead of an underage boy’s …
Variety: You trailed off before finishing that sentence. So, in the third movie, you didn’t feel like Samantha was progressing.
Kim Cattrall: That’s an understatement.
As for Sarah Jessica Parker making it known that she wouldn’t be okay with Kim’s return to the reboot, Kim says she doesn’t think she read that, so she has no comment. And the reboot itself? Kim hasn’t watched it. But she has heard things about the show, like how Samantha was written out after a fight with Carrie, quits as Carrie’s publicist, and moves to London. Kim says that’s definitely not how she envisioned Samantha’s current life being written.
But she says she’s not dwelling on it because she’s too booked and busy with other work to care what’s going on at her old job. And that’s exactly how Kim thinks about SATC now. Kim says that everything has to grow, or it dies and that returning to a job she did 25 years ago better be worth it creatively, otherwise she’s not going to do it. Especially after she wrapped filming on SATC 2, where she says everything in her said, “I’m done.” To be fair, Kim is emotionally and mentally stronger than I am. The second, “I can’t be in menopause and in coach!” left my lips, I’d be calling my agent and begging them to replace me with a CGI alien or something.
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