Sarah Jessica Parker: “I’m less Pollyanna now. That’s probably healthy.”


Sarah Jessica Parker is still engaging in wall-to-wall promotion for her upcoming movie, I Don’t Know How She Does It, which (as Kaiser points out) looks exactly like “SATC” only she’s Miranda. So while she’s not busy actively refusing to split the atom of her marriage to Matthew Broderick, SJP is doing more interviews about what it was like to grow up poor and how wonderful it is to be rich now. Okay, she doesn’t actually talk about how great it is to a Salma Hayek degree or anything, but SJP clearly does reside within a wealth bubble despite her humble upbringing. Still, SJP insists that she’s not all about the money because, as she puts it, the goal was always to be a “great actor” instead of thinking about the cash, which is just an incidental benefit, right? You be the judge:

On Her Acting Philosophy: “I didn’t plot a future like this, although I know some people do. When Matthew and I started working, all we knew is that we wanted to be great actors. I don’t think I ever thought about money or that people would know my name.” Her face electric with enthusiasm, she adds, “I loooove the work!”

On Growing Up Poor: Money was tight. “We were very aware of it,” says [SJP's Brother]. “We saw the guy come to turn off the electricity, and my mother had to convince him not to because of the children.” As Parker says, marveling at her own financial transformation, “When I was a little girl getting free lunches in Cincinnati, could I imagine being on a list in Forbes magazine?”

On SJP’s Real-World Suggestions On Set: “She’s so personable and friendly, a very solicitous kind of person,” says Doug McGrath, the director of I Don’t Know How She Does It, adding that Parker offered real-world suggestions on the set, like “most mothers would hold on to a stroller with both hands.” The actress says she relates to the character she plays in her new film, especially the “coordination on the level of a military operation” required to run both career and family.

On Juggling Family & Work: “We’ve had two occasions recently where both Matthew and I were working, and it was so hard on the kids,” Parker says. “Especially James Wilkie, because he can really articulate how he feels about our absence. On the other hand, there are big chunks of time when we’re home a lot more than conventionally working parents. So you hope to make up for it.” She and Broderick employ babysitters, but they don’t have live-in help. “We love closing the door and having the only people in the house be our three children and us. It’s such a good feeling to know that we’re competent and capable and that it’s private,” she says. A typical evening at their Greenwich Village townhouse goes like this: “I give the girls their bath every night. Matthew cooks amazing things-last Saturday, pasta amatriciana and broccoli rabe, plus fennel sausage that he made. He does complex things, and I make simple things for the children.”

On How SJP & Broderick Have Changed Each Other: Parker laughs, ticking off a disparate list of things Broderick has helped her appreciate: baseball, Parmesan cheese, color (“Matthew’s mother was a painter, and he taught me to love colors and break all the rules”). She also says that “he’s given me a little cynicism,” noting that she used to take the world at face value but that her husband is more skeptical. “I’m less Pollyanna now. That’s probably healthy.”

On Refusing To Do Nudity: “When I did Sex and the City, I told Darren [series creator Darren Star], ‘I’m just not comfortable with it. It’s not some righteous thing, I’m thrilled if other people do it.’ He said, ‘Great, no problem.’ And on another movie, it came up and I said no and they said fine. There might have been [a role] I lost because of it, but I don’t think so-I think people would have said, ‘Would you reconsider?’ Now I’m so old, I think I should have done it when I was young.”

[From Parade]

Well, I can heartily agree with SJP that on-screen nudity is definitely not for her, and I promise that my opinion has nothing to do with her age or her looks otherwise. She’s just so skinny that, no, I really don’t have any desire to see her naked. However, I do find the “Pollyanna” remark to be quite strange, but perhaps it’s just a word that she uses a lot. In her August Vogue profile, SJP also made a “Pollyanna” reference about borrowing expensive clothes by saying, “Not to sound too Pollyanna about it…” Yet now, she’s claiming to be not-so-Pollyannaish. What does it all mean? Also that bit about how most mothers use both hands to push strollers seems rather tedious at best. Did the filmmakers really need to be told this information? Who knows. Anyway, I hate to nitpick (really), but most mothers also wouldn’t leave their infant twin daughters behind while they jetted off to Europe for a few months to film Sex and the City 2. Just saying.

Here’s SJP looking like a clothes hanger on the New York City set of I Don’t Know How She Does It. Matthew might very well be an “amazing” cook, but I doubt that his wife eats hardly any of that wonderful food.



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  1. brin says:

    Please tell me they are not doing another SATC movie/tv series.

  2. That's Interesting says:

    She offends me. But then so do a lot of the mothers in Hollywood. Most of these people schedule an hour a day with their kids. The other 23 hours are taken up by themselves. But then they actually have the nerve to want some sort of special recognition for raising their children, which they don’t even do because a team of nannies takes care of the really tedious stuff. And a lot of the other stuff.

    At the same time a lot of them try to sell this image of actually being able to have it all, the kids, the marriage, the career. It’s really impossible for a woman to have it all. Something suffers in the end and that’s OK because that’s life. But the way these women make it sound, nothing really suffers. As long as you work hard and occasionally acknowledge that you have help and money, then yes, you CAN have it all.

    They casually leave out that they missed their kid’s first word, first step etc. Or that they literally don’t have enough time to eat food. Or that they haven’t slept with their husband in two years because running this global domesticity/work brand doesn’t leave time for that, you know, something significant that would change the entire story.

    I just wish they’d all shut up about their kids and their relationships and constantly suggesting they have it all until they are willing to actually be honest about it. Because this just seems like they are selling another fictional character while pretending to give you the real deal.

    Also, her hands are really gross.

  3. gee says:

    She needs to eat more. She is just so thin.

  4. mannequin says:

    Aw…she’s my favorite actress; such a wide range acting ability. In addition to all that, she’s a beauty and from the view here, she’s a loving mom.

  5. Lauren says:

    She went to Morocco to film SATC2 not Europe.. just saying :)

  6. junk573r says:

    @ mannequin: Wide range acting? That has to be a joke. She plays the same breathy, childish voiced character in every movie she makes. She plays Carrie over and over. I’ve yet to see her in a movie where I’m not reminded of Carrie. I can even go back to movies that I’d seen before SATC and she’s playing Carrie. There is no range.

  7. says:

    She really did deserve the title of “unsexiest woman alive”.

  8. weeble says:

    I have never thought of her as a Pollyanna. in fact, she seems quite the opposite to me. of course I must admit I’m neutral about her. she needs to gain a few pounds, however.

  9. bosoxgirl says:

    “…most mothers also wouldn’t leave their infant twin daughters behind while they jetted off to Europe for a few months to film Sex and the City 2. Just saying.”

    That’s not fair. You would never say that about a man. I can’t believe we’re still debating this in 2011. Mothers are allowed to have careers too.

  10. sauvage says:

    @junk573r: Don’t forget her in ‘Footlose’. Just a little role, but completely different, all bubbly and confident. Also, I frenetically HATED ‘The Family Stone’, but she was good in it as this extremely uptight and insecure person completely lacking Carries irony and humor. So, while I don’t think of her as a ‘great’ actress, I still think of her as a ‘good’ actress.

  11. sweetpotato says:

    I like her a lot, and I agree with bosoxgirl. Men are allowed to have it all: marriage, kids, and interesting work, but women can’t? We’ve come too far for that BS, and she flat out admits that it’s not always a perfect balance.

    She does need to gain weight..for sure. However, it’s hypocritical to attack her for aging and then turn around and criticize all the other stars for their obvious plastic surgery. We can’t have it both ways.

  12. stella says:

    Cancer cells grow in fat in case anyone cares. They say that being 20 lbs over your ideal weight starts the ball rolling. Just a little FYI. SJP is doing well. She has not stretched her face out and is letting the wrinkles come naturally. She seems genuinely happy. As a working mother she does what every other working mother does at the end of the day. If it’s only one hour to spend with your children then that’s what it is. Most kids go into daycare, while hers have nannies. Oh well.

  13. Original Tiffany says:

    @stella MD-where did you get your medical information? Just curious, because through 20 years of being in Oncology I have never heard that cancer cells grow in fat. Hmmm, prostates have fat? Brains? Lungs? I think you have invented a whle new form of cancer treatment. Lose weight! Cancer grows in fat! Cellulite cancer is coming!

  14. Ari says:

    Yeah I would imagine if they actually did grow in fat – it would be much easier to get rid of. (lol)

  15. Lady D says:

    Thought that was a picture of Cammy Diaz on the home page. (in 10 years)

  16. melanie says:

    I like her…she seems more down to earth than other actress moms. She openly admits financial freedom has made her life so much easier (private yoga lessons). I would gladly miss my kids first word if I knew I had the financial freedom to travel and experience life with them roughly 6 months out of the year…versus 2 weeks vacation every 12 months like a lot of my friends. I work from home and have a lot of flexibility in my job…so I can’t comlain.

    Her hands are awful though….

  17. Gwen says:

    I like her too. I remember reading an interview with her ages ago – when she she was up-and-coming – and even back then she talked about how poor her parents have been. I think it must have been tough for her so I don’t blame her one bit for working all she can, while she can – I’m sure soon enough she’ll start loosing roles like so many other 40+ actresses.

  18. Ron says:

    If SJP would not have gone to to film SATC2, they would have had to have put the film on hold. If that would happen due to an actor, it generally would cost the production company on this type of film 500,000 to a million or more per day which covers the salaries of the entire cast and crew and location fees. In that case the studio behind the film can charge that amount to the actor (or actors insurance in case of an accident). She HAD to go to do that film. She may be rich, but there is no way she could afford that kind of money. In addition I would not have wanted to take infants to Morocco. I hope this helps people understand the repercussions of her not showing up due to the babies being born, I am sure it was not easy for her, but sometimes timing is not perfect. Hillary Duff just got let go from a film due to her unscheduled pregnancy.

  19. lrm says:

    Always have a soft spot for her, b/c of her role in LA Story with Steve Martin. She was completely hilarious and to-a-tee the character in that film.

  20. DrM says:

    @stella – as someone who has worked in public health research I’d like to tell you that your statements re cancer “growing in fat cells” and “20 extra pounds starts the ball rolling” are completely and utterly incorrect. Large and small people get cancer…cancer is pretty random. You can up your chances by smoking, drinking and eating a lot of rubbish food and you can lower your chances by eating well, exercising and not smoking and drinking to excess. What we do know as scientists in the field is that a large amount of extra weight usually brings with it lifestyle choices and other health factors that can contribute to the increase in a individuals chances of developing cancer. That perspective does not include the kinds of statements that you have made here.

    Being very thin is hard on your body. Your organs, particularly your brain which can become ‘starved’ of vital nutrients which can affect your ability to think and make decision clearly. Your muscles (including your heart) can also suffer from muscle wastage – which can have very serious consequences. Being very large, or extremely thin are both unhealthy.

    Cheers from “the Dr in front of my name is real “:) DrM

  21. DrM says:

    Oh and can someone get SJP a burger with double cheese STAT??? LOL

  22. Ally says:

    I recommend renting “Have You Heard About the Morgans” and then watching it with the commentary on, to hear Hugh Grant and SJP slag off the movie from beginning to end.

    It was a flop, and now they blame everyone (including the hapless director in the room) but themselves for this result. Their lazy performances actually have quite a lot to do with it — including SJP’s excruciating little-girl-squealing. [The subplot with Elizabeth Moss and her beau hints at what a good romantic comedy might have looked like.] Their bitter comments after the fact also stand in hilarious contrast to the promotional reel also on the DVD, where they rave about what a great movie it is.

    Btw, the Daily Mail claims SJP said the TV series would be returning for another season, and there will be a 3rd movie, too. Snarking about it on the interwebs will be the funnest thing about it.

  23. blouson says:

    I have hands like SJP. I am about the same weight too. Its GENETIC. Thats her build. My grandma was the vsame. I eat a totally healthy diet and exercise and thats how it ends up. I believe the same is true for SJP. Her husband has made comments to that effect. So maybe to put on 20lbs she would have to eat large quantities of unhewalthy food. How would thta make her healthier?????? Stop picking on skinny chicks.

  24. The Original Ashley says:

    I can’t hate on her. She seems nice enough (everyone who’s met her says she’s a doll), she came from a very poor background and finally has financial freedom (so I think she appreciates it more and has more empathy) and she’s taking advantage of the work.

    Face it women over 40 in Hollywood do not get much work. After Sex and the City blew up she needed to grab on to what she could. And I love that she’s so invested in Carrie for instance that she will go back and keep doing more (plus I’m sure, financially, it’s smart). Most actors wouldn’t do that. They’d say it’s over that’s that, but she seems like she understands the love the show got and is happy giving fans what they want (even if they are crap. Still I guess it’s better than not having anything).

  25. ordinarygirl86 says:

    The pictures above are a prime example of the quote:


  26. samab says:

    wow that green stuff on her shows how short she is.

  27. mojoman says:

    I have a soft spot for her ever since she said about her hardship being poor growing up. It kinda hit home because I grew up like her and ended up where I am today through perseverance. From the comment she made about getting second hand clothes for her son, she sounds like a very grounded person as well. Never takes anything for granted I suppose

  28. Shannon says:

    Th eperson who wrote this is waaay too opinionated for me. I love SJP!!! These mom are complaining, but they would go make a film for MILLIONS too. Then, she`ll be with them every second for the next year. its not like she does this all the time!