Kim Cattrall admits she held out for more money for Sex and The City movie


Kim Cattrall has a new interview in The Advocate Magazine in which she talks frankly about her feelings about children, her relationship with her Sex and the City costars, and the fact that she was the lone holdout for the film and negotiated for a better salary.

On children giving her a headache
“I enjoy kids but not for long periods. I think they’re adorable and funny and sweet, and then I have a headache.”

On not wanting to see Sex and The City co-stars socially
“Do you get along with your colleagues all the time? If you’re spending 18 hours a day [at work], the last thing you want to do is go and have a drink with the people who you just — you just need to get away.”

On holding out for more money for the film, because she has to take care of herself
“I never expected to be paid what Sarah was being paid. Sarah’s a producer. But I felt that the offer was not worthy of what the three of us had contributed, and I spoke up about it. You know, my dad was a big union guy. He felt that the workers should get a part of it.”

“I’m a woman in my 50s. I’m not living with some multimillionaire. I’m it. Negotiation is about getting more money, and I think, Would they have a problem with this if I were a man? You look at James Gandolfini. He stood up and said, ‘Hey, I’m worth it.’  It’s like, ‘Oh, don’t make any waves. Just be a good girl and take it.’ And you know, I’m happy with my deal, ultimately. I feel like I stuck my neck out. I fought. I don’t ever want to be on a set where I feel undervalued.”

[All quotes from the Advocate from Insidesocal.com via Gossip Rocks]

Cattrall is rumored to have received $6 million for the Sex and The City film while her costars Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis are getting $2 million each. Producer Sarah Jessica Parker is earning $10 million for playing Carrie Bradshaw and another $5 million for producing the film.

I admire Cattrall’s candor. She sure doesn’t skirt around issues and just tells it like it is. She also managed to secure three times the amount her arguably equal costars, Davis and Nixon, are receiving for their roles. And she basically said it’s not like she wants to hang out with them after she’s on set working with them all day, either.

Kim Cattrall and her Sex and The City costars are shown at Point Foundation Honors the Arts on 4/7/08, thanks to WENN.

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  1. happyapple says:

    She’s so sassy.

  2. geronimo says:

    You go, Kim! Shame she had to fight for it tho’. I’ve always thought she was the funniest and most interesting of the four.

  3. Bodhi says:

    Ditto, although I loved Miranda too.

  4. PJ says:

    Good for Kim! But now I feel bad for the other two. Wonder how they feel, knowing that Kim got paid so much more for doing the same work as they did? It doesn’t seem fair, they should have gotten a raise, too.

  5. headache says:

    Miranda was the most realistic of the group I think. But I loved Charlotte.

  6. CJ says:

    I totally understand her not wanting to hang with her co-workers after work, I just don’t understand why anyone would.

    After you spend all day in the office with them, the last thing I want to do is share drinks and dinner. I want to go home to my family and some peace and quite.

  7. snappyfish says:

    wait a second. Samantha is usually required to be nude/semi-nude most of the time. She should earn more than those who don’t have to go out on that same limb. Add to that her age and you can understand why she felt like she should be duly compensated

    If Nixon/Davis had the same part or felt that they were being underpaid I am sure they would have stood up for themselves as well.

    I loved the show, I will see the movie but I thought they tied up the ends rather nicely in the finale.

  8. geronimo says:

    That’s a good point, snappyfish, re the nudity. Hadn’t thought of that. That’s certainly justification for a higher salary – although it sounds like she just knew the value of her own input, as far as the success of S&TC was concerned, and put her Manola-clad foot down. More power to her.

  9. dancingnancie81 says:

    it gets so tiring hearing stars talk about how they’re all good friends and they call each other all the time, and basically blow eachaother; Catrall’s frankness and money holdout is sometimes construed as bitchiness, but face it: if it were any other person in any other job, wouldn’t they do the same?

  10. elisa says:

    as she points out, if it was a guy who negotiated, ppl would just think he was a savvy businessman. Because it’s a woman, ppl think she’s a bitch. Double standard much?

    Good point about the nudity. I still feel sorry for her coworkers. After Cattrall got her raise, the producers should’ve offered equal $ to everyone else (besides Sarah, who does deserve more). It would reduce tension on the set, if nothing else…

  11. Megan says:

    They should have all been paid the same, and SJP a bit more for producing. I don’t understand why the other two women got less than half.

  12. Jaclyn says:

    Good for her. I think they all deserve to be getting paid just as much as Sarah. Their characters are just as important as Carrie!

  13. Enonymouse says:

    Well done to Kim Cattrall and she looks absolutely fabulous for a 50 year old.

  14. Sasha says:

    Too bad she didn’t just say, “y’know, I’m done with that and I’m ready to move on to better things.”

    Hated the show after a few seasons.
    Won’t see the movie.
    Hope they cut the tumor out of SJP’s head that makes her face look like that.

  15. Kevin says:

    SJP should get the most cash,,,have you seen the price of horsefeed lately? I think her and Dee Snyder are the same person,,,have you ever seen those two in the same room? Didn’t think so,,,me either.

  16. TC says:

    I don’t see why people are asking why Davis and Nixon got paid less. They got paid less because they did not have the guts to stand up for what they felt they were worth. I admire Kim Cattrall for standing up for her paycheck. Way to negotiate!