Sarah Jessica Parker covers Vogue: “I’m a bitter-ender”


Here are some photos of Sarah Jessica Parker at last night’s Harry Potter premiere. SJP brought her husband, Matthew Broderick, who looks comically, cartoonishly depressed, and her son James, who is a cutie. SJP wore this Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012 dress that I… well, I don’t hate it. I don’t really love it, either. It looks like a decent summery dress, but I don’t get why SJP paired it with a structured blazer. It’s not her worst red carpet appearance, though.


Meanwhile, SJP is the cover girl for the August issue of Vogue, “The Age Issue”, likely to promote her new film, I Don’t Know How She Does It (which looks like it sucks). Here are some highlights from the Vogue interview, courtesy of Wonderwall:


SJP on her juggling: Between raising three children, working for Halston and keeping a healthy onscreen career, the actress says her life these days is “like a ship avoiding icebergs.”

On the end of “Sex and the City”: “I loved it. But ultimately chose to stop doing the television series because I felt like it required, and deserved, a lot of time when I really wanted to be a parent.”

On starting new jobs: “I lose my appetite. By Wednesday of the first week on ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It,’ I was feeling so awful and ashamed, like I had let the director down.”

On being an older mother: “There are things about it that I hope have made me a better mother. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to do the things that I wanted to do, like sleep.”

On acting in her 40s: “I assumed that at this point in my life I would be feeling frustrated, left behind, or marginalized, playing parts I was reluctant to. But I’ve been so busy, I’m not sure that I see this fallow period yet.”

On comparing herself to Carrie Bradshaw: “Bradshaw’s life is nothing, nothing like mine. I loved playing her, and it changed my life in lots of wonderful ways, but I’m not a crazy shoe lady. I don’t think about fashion all day long, although I have a great respect for the industry.”

On her work ethic: “It’s kind of all I’ve known. I’m a bitter-ender. It’s potentially my fatal flaw that I do not give up on something. I will not rest. I work and work and work until I can no longer and someone has to remove me from the premises.”

[From Wonderwall/Vogue]

I’m prepared to like Sarah Jessica Parker until she starts in about her career choices, all of the stuff she’s signed on to do, and then talks about how she’s the super-focused parent. I absolutely HATED her in her last Vogue interview, last year, when she kept pushing the issue of how involved she was as a parent – while she sat in London, after not seeing her newborn twin girls for two months while she traveled to make Sex & the City 2. She just bugs.




Photos courtesy of WENN & Wonderwall/Vogue/Testino.

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  1. Anna W. says:

    Yeah woman of a certain age can only be on the cover of age issue. No matter who she is.

  2. Cherry says:

    Don’t care much for her either, but this look is cute. I love it. Summery, relaxed and a bit girlie. I’d like to think that she’s wearing flipflops under her dress, but I’m sure that only seems that way on pic 1?

    BTW, way to badmouth the character that made your career, SJP. Carrie Bradshaw a ‘crazy shoe lady’? Please. She was much more than that.

  3. MeMyself says:

    Ferris used to be such a cutie…

  4. brin says:

    Not a fan and she and her hubby (who never smiles) are not ageing well.

  5. cookb says:


  6. mia girl says:

    They really should cut James’ bangs so he can see better.

  7. Jag says:

    That Vogue picture is scaring me. Okay, all the pictures of her are scaring me. lol

    I like her dress. My guess is that she’s wearing a blazer over it because of how her arms look. The veins that are popping out on her forearms in some of the pictures might be going all the way up, which would not look attractive.

    Matthew always looks so sullen and/or depressed. How much things have changed from his younger days.

  8. Pix says:

    Whoa, her face looks f-ked at the premiere. I mean seriously f-ked.

  9. po says:

    Not comically depressed, just sad. I wonder why.

  10. SallyJay says:

    I think she looks great here – love the red carpet outfit, and the Vogue shoot looks great too. Her little boy is a cutie! But Matthew, jeez. Lighten up and crack a smile when you’re out with your adorable son.

  11. mel says:

    I loved S&TC….and I like her and she always seems somewhat grounded. But her relationship with her hubby has always striked me as odd….just can’t quite put my finger on it.

  12. Susan says:

    Wow! Matthew put his arm around her on the red carpet and posed in Vogue with her. No wonder she looks happy.
    She is fake, fakey, fake, fake.

  13. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    The red carpet photo and vogue cover are night and day! But I have to give her credit for not mangling her face. Better to age naturally than look like a muppet a la Joan Rivers.

    James looks like a little Huck Finn. I wonder if he’s sporting bare feet? What a cutie!

  14. arock says:

    she soes her own thing and thats great. shell never be a dramatic actress, (unless you count footloose-and i do..) but shes a great diplomat for herself and choses parts that suit her range and personality. so yea for her.
    -catty side note—> anyone ever see that south park where they do the “donkey witch?” hilarious.

  15. mannequin says:

    I think she looks great. SJP is not a fly by night flash in the pan overdone overrated actress; she’s a quality actress that doesn’t sell out. I really can’t figure out why people have such issues with her. She’s a doll and whatever she does is fine by me. Leave her alone.

  16. really says:

    Good actress, seems like a rather okay mother, but a BORING private life.

  17. GeekChic says:

    I think it’s funny that she is on the cover of the “age issue,” but they Photoshopped all signs of aging right off of her face and neck.

  18. Gwen says:

    I like her and I think she looks good here.

  19. Anti-icon says:

    I’ve always liked her. I like her career choices. I like her honesty about her personal choices. I don’t get the SPJ hate…..never have.

  20. TG says:

    I love her. But, wish when she does a movie she would stop with the over acting carrie bradshaw stuff. It worked in SATC but not in other movies. I agree with what someone said above she and Matthew have always made a weird pair. Also, how could she have abandoned her twins that she paid a surrogate for no less to make the craptastic satc 2 movie. That was so bad.

  21. Dee says:

    Why did she dress her son like Tom Sawyer?? Alll he needs is a piece of wheat or a reed to gnaw on.

  22. says:

    They’ve photoshopped the hell out of her hands as well on the cover of Vogue (compare to the picture above)

  23. jay says:

    She’s an unconventional beauty; some don’t see it at all but others think she’s adorable and “pretty”. I think it’s her attitude that carries that off.

    I think Broderick doesn’t like all the “in your face” stuff; but, yeah, he could look a bit more settled, ya know?

    One other beef: that kid is adorable and they seem to work very hard to make his life “normal”; but, sheesh, he always looks like he’s wearing discount, barely fits clothing, while she’s parading around in high fashion. I read once that he only wears hand me downs but I discounted it. Not so sure any more. Sure, he doesn’t have to be a Beckham but for Pete’s sake put him in some stuff that fits!

    /mini rant over

  24. Kbomb says:

    I love that dress and the fact that she paired it with a blazer. I think she looks the best I’ve seen her in ages! (And I’m generally neither here nor there on her).

  25. Violet says:

    I get the fakey McFake vibe about her family life. Maybe Matthew cheated again, and showing up for this event is part of his penance. Actually, that’s not fair — it’s Harry Potter, so he’s probably there for his son’s sake.

    I don’t think the twins are her biological children — with her fertility issues and at her age, they probably had to use donor eggs — but that doesn’t excuse her abandoning them for two months. Her career and bank account should be well established by now, so she could’ve avoided being away for so long but clearly her family runs a distant second to her work.

  26. jover says:

    Good points iwant shoes and geekchic; but I’m old school, i want to see fashion models on the covers of fashion mags i’ll say it to my dying day wintour has ruined vogue turning it into Variety east – if wintour wanted to do an issue on aging, there are plenty of 40something models – hello nikki taylor,linda evangilista, etc. – that deserve the cover, not this stale overexposed celeb. SJP’s biggest thing now is hawking shampoo on tv commercials; she may think she’s an artiste and fashionista, but she’s just another mundane, routine hollywood celeb. But I do like the second pic.

  27. konspiracytheory says:

    Co-sign on the p-shopping of the hands on the cover and on their son’s clothing – it looks like he’s wearing a 4T shirt!

  28. original kate says:

    SJP is wearing the hell out of that polka-dot dress. love.

  29. HotDog! says:

    Her shampoo commercial scares the crap out of me! Cryptkeeper horse is all I can think, her hair color looks aweful. Yup, i’m a meanie, and I’m not a fan. Liked her before she removed her mole, now, can’t stand her. She seems too fake, makes me wonder what’s really going on.

  30. Cidee says:

    Add the Broderick-Parkers to the long list of celeb parents that allow their children to appear in public looking like hobos. Such cute kid- its a shame about the hair and clothing.

  31. the original bellaluna says:

    I’ve really tried to like her, but I still don’t like her. I just clicked on this to find out what a “bitter ender” is to her.

    To me, it’s a vindictive bitch when a relationship ends. And she seems like the type.

  32. Ally says:

    The irony is that Carrie became a crazy shoe lady once SJP and Michael Patrick King got more control over the franchise. The Carrie Bradshaw of seasons 1 and 2 didn’t give a crap about shoes — she was too busy with career, men and having adult conversations with her friends.

    The consumerism came later in the series (and in the product placement movies), and it’s all due to SJP’s choices to go the easy, squealy route.

  33. ghoulish_moose says:

    They don’t look quite right as a couple. You know how some people just look good together and gel really well? Well, she doesn’t.

    Anyway, her eyes in the 2nd pic!! She looks pretty haggard. I thought celebs could afford all the most expensive miracle creams and lotions and potions. *Tut tut* She always looks malnourished, thats what makes her look old.

  34. sassenach says:

    I LOVE SJP! I have loved her since she was a teen actor in the eighties and I have followed her career since.

    My only problem with her is why does she stay with a man who clearly does not love her? She is well behaved at this premiere but usually she is hanging all over him and gazing in his eyes. It is really sad.

  35. Stephie says:


    I wish he would smile more. I like the shot of SJP w/her hubby.

  36. ladybert62 says:

    have never seen sex and the city so have no idea what her acting is like – she is not a pretty woman and she seems to have terrible taste in clothes – she looks better with her hair up and away from her face since she has a long horsey-type face.

  37. anne says:

    scary looking and such a whiner

  38. Misty says:

    I’m guessing Matt doesn’t get much sex and isn’t allowed to cheat so he’s like a neutered dog and not happy about it. Sex has a tendency to fall by the wayside after marriage and children and with SJP’s career, birthday sex is all that’s on the table. boo hoo Love SJP but she has emasculated her husband and it shows. Cute kid.

  39. Kim says:

    Love Sarah but find it odd she chose to adopt 2 babies and didnt take a few yrs off to focus on them? Im not saying mothers should stop working but most work because they HAVE to and Sarah has the luxury of not working. Find it a bit selfish – my opinion.

    Carrie character was ALWAYS into shoes and clothes. Certainly the product placement became more and more but shoes & fashion was always, from episode 1, a HUGE part of Carries character.

  40. Kristin says:

    Can someone please Save Ferris? :(

  41. Maritza says:

    If I were her I would strictly prohibit any closeups. Her son is a cutie but what’s with the Amish hat? Mathew seems to be there just to please her but he does not look happy.In this case photoshop is her friend.

  42. Jana says:

    Kim, a surrogate carried their babies. I think she’s the biological mother, but I could be wrong. I never judge her as a mother. And I highly doubt as CB mentioned, that she didn’t see her twins for two months. I just don’t believe that. One thing about Sarah Jessica Parker, she lives a normal life in New York walking around with her kids. I think she seems like a great mom and grounded and a great wife, actually. But she was so adorable and quirky cute in SATC when I watch reruns, but lookswise, as she’s aging, just not the same. Though her body is still great. I like her in the maxi and blazer.

    I keep waiting for Matthew to come out of the closet one day.

  43. Violet says:


    Usually when couples, such as Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, use a surrogate, they are very careful to point out that it’s a gestational surrogate but SJP and Matthew Broderick never made that distinction, so my assumption is that SJP is not the biological mother. Not surprising, given SJP’s fertility issues and age.

    As for Matthew, I don’t think he’s gay. He’s made the headlines a few times with his affairs, and they’ve always been with women half his age ( and

  44. Shaishai says:

    @Jana: Why don’t you read her Vogue interview from May 2010? (There’s a link to Kaiser’s article about it here too). She says it herself in that interview that she hadn’t seen her daughters in over 2 months. Quote: “I haven’t seen my daughters for almost two months, with the exception of Skype, and I have to tell you. I never felt like this.”

  45. Heather says:

    Well do I have to state the obvious about the fertility issues? Not just of SJP but of Nicole Kidman and others. These emaciated actresses wait until 40′s to have a baby….well you can’t do it like that. Either gain the weight or start earlier. DERRRRRRR. There is an abnormally high rate of infertility in Hollywood…gee, I wonder why?

    I’m torn. I like SJP on some level – I don’t think she is pretty however….and she is too sinewy here, even in her face. What is this Vogue Spread, wtf? Babies as accessories in a fashion shoot? ICK. Seems like a last grasp at fame…do they get paid for those shoots? Between that and all her hair care commercials, she is making a fortune. And it’s women eating it up, it would never sell to men.