Sarah Jessica Parker defends her street cred: I work hard not to trade on my celebrity

Here we go again with Sarah Jessica Parker declaring how she’s so normal and multi-tasking. This seems to be her preferred topic of conversation, and in case you think I’m exaggerating you can read all about it in these interviews. Parker is on the cover of Marie Claire this September, and I guess she’s promoting I Don’t Know How She Does It with Pierce Brosnan, which is out on September 16 in the US.

In the interview, Parker takes offense at a NY Post story that claimed that she tried to ditch jury duty and called it “character assassination.” She also said that she works hard not to trade on her image or take favors because she’s famous.

On a Page Six item claiming she complained about being called for jury duty: “For Page Six to be so cavalier – I was so outraged by the character assassination! I have served so many times, I was asked to come speak at Jury Appreciation Day! I expect I should be more calloused by now, but I am so sensitive about not ever living up to anybody’s worst idea about an actor who is well-known.”

On not wanting to be a celebrity: “I never wanted to be a celebrity; I never wanted to be famous. And in my daily life, I work really hard to not trade on it in any way. I am so desperately worried about anybody saying, ‘She cut in line’ or ‘She took our table’ or She got out of jury duty’ or ‘She doesn’t do her own grocery shopping.’ The things that bother me are counter to who I am and the way I live. It’s not like it’s hard to be decent and respectful and well-behaved. I do wait in line, and I do take the subway, and I do do my own grocery shopping, and I do take the kids to school.”

[From Marie Claire]

Parker is part of the rarefied set in New York, where people like Linda Evangelista claim they need $48k a month in child support so they never have to be alone with their kids. To her it is laudable to have nannies that don’t stay overnight and to walk her child to school when it’s not like she has to be somewhere for eight hours that day. She wants some credit for that because her friends aren’t doing it and it’s going above and beyond what’s expected of parents in that world of the obscenely rich. It sounds insincere to the rest of us who do it on our own and hold down regular jobs, though. It only serves to reveal how disconnected Parker is from the people she supposedly strives to emulate. It’s like she wants credit for doing normal things, because that makes her so different and somehow more real.

Also isn’t that cover kind of fug?

Photos thanks to Marie Claire


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  1. Goofpuff says:

    I love the giant fluffy pink flower skirt she’s wearing for that photo. It looks like something you could snuggle up to and be comfy and warm. I’m sure in reality its nothing of the sort…much like SJP. Yeah she is delusional and she does talk about it too much, but at least she’s trying, though I think trying too hard. When you worked that hard to get the luxuries, I think you should enjoy them.

  2. ladybert62 says:

    Personally I cant stand this woman – I think she is not attractive at all and wish she would cut that awful hair and get a decent style. She seems very much in love with herself.

  3. Cherry says:

    I don’t believe for one second she does her own grocery shopping. And even if she did: I do it, too. Ta-da. *bows and holds for applause*

  4. gee says:

    I don’t get the hate for her, I like her; but the commentary on this article is spot on. I hate when celebs pretend to be real. And that first pic is fug, but I love love love the second one.

  5. garvels says:


  6. Stubbylove says:

    Always have liked SJP – probably comes from the Square Pegs days. I know she can be annoying but I truly think she’s a genuine person and I love her personal style. No one can be that bad if they married Matthew Broderick. I agree, though, she needs a new haircut.

  7. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Doesn’t sound like she wants credit for anything. Sounds like she is pissed people make her out to be some kinda diva, who doesn’t do anything for herself and just sits comfortably on her name and her fame. Can’t blame her for defending her name. I think SJP looks very pretty on the cover, much better than when she is on Vogue.

  8. brin says:

    Ugh…first Goop and now her.

  9. K says:

    Boo hoo. SJP has the luxury many mothers don’t of making a schedule work so she can be with her kids most of the time, and she utilizes that instead of nannies. I’m sure the moms who work full time, multiple jobs, or are attending classes on top of their daily lives think she’s such a normal gal.


  10. Delta Juliet says:

    @ Cherry

    I’m still waiting for my applause too. I haven’t gotten it yet 😉

  11. Heatheradair says:

    WAIT. I’m having a hard time not noticing that “Botox down below” bit on the cover. Is some moron seriously suggesting we need paralyzing toxins shot in the vag now? Are the hooha’s not looking fresh and young enough? Oh gawd. Wanna bet a Kardashian tries this out on TV? That’s just too much…….

  12. Sloane Wyatt says:

    In the last photo, it looks like SJP is sitting in a pile of shag carpet!

    Lol when I saw it.

    Pretentious, trifling woman.

  13. It is ME!! says:

    Cherry and Delta Juliet: CLAP CLAP CLAP!! Good job, guys!

    We should all get applause for doing something normal…

  14. It is ME!! says:

    Oh, and that wasn’t a sarcastic applause, either. You want it, I gave it to yas.

  15. lucy2 says:

    If she really is that “normal”, great. But she needs to ease up on trying so hard to convince everyone of it, it’s counterproductive to whine, in fashion mags while promoting movies, about being normal. Just BE.

  16. taxi says:

    She has said in other interviews that few women have the luxuries she does & she appreciates the advantages her money (which she earns) allow her & her family to have.
    Why all the hate? She grew up in a big, poor family & has worked since she was about 8 yrs old. “Annie”, for one.

  17. nellie says:

    Love Sarah Jessica Parker and back in her pre-babies days i saw her a couple of times mid morning riding the subway reading the New York Times. No one ever bothered her and she was just like any other rider. I remember one time she did Letterman and said she shops at Costco. I don’t think its an act. I like her and i love all the support she has shown New York over the years.

  18. I Choose Me says:

    Anyone know what the colour of the skirt she’s wearing is? Plum? Aubergine? I’m not much on the style but that colour is beautiful.

  19. STOPGOOP says:

    She sounds really insecure – she is “desperately worried” about what people think and say about her? She needs to grow a set and just be who she is.

  20. Hautie says:

    Well they may have photo-shopped the hell out of her wrinkles… but they left that nose intact.

    I rarely say anyone needs a to mess with their nose.

    But this is the one time I would understand a little work.

    Not whole hog nose job but a nice tune up to narrow it down a bit. I swear it has gotten twice as wide since she was 30.

    And no SJP does not bug me.

    So she is insanely wealthy. Can afford help with the kids. Good for her.

    But I tend to believe she is trying hard to actually do the typical normal everyday Mother things with them.

    That as someone stated above… that most the insanely wealthy avoid to do at all cost. (Like raise their own children.)

  21. Raven Sparrow says:

    I agree with Stubbylove, LoveAngelina and all the others who like her.

    She seems to be a very honest person. I like her, I like her face, I like that she didn’t do her nose or touch her wrinkles. I think it shows the kind of person she really is.

  22. Gwen says:

    I like her too. This cover is better than the Vogue cover.

  23. Justaposter says:

    Cherry and Delta Juliet: CLAP CLAP CLAP!! Good job, guys!

    We should all get applause for doing something normal…

    and It’s Me..

    I want applause too!

    Can I have a marching band behind me at Walmart for school shopping? I will share and even treat for a snack at Micky D’s!

  24. shiba says:

    OK, she can skate on the rest of it, but asking me to swallow, “I never wanted to be famous” is just too much.

  25. Jaxx says:

    If I was a celebrity I would trade on it every day of my life. I’d cut in line, get the best table, never run my own errands. Except for the grocery store, I do like that one. And I’d NEVER wait in line at Disney Land. I never get those celebrities who brag they waited their turn in one of those mongo lines for the good rides. What’s the point of putting up with all the being famous garbage if you can’t have some perks?

    Me, I’d grab every single one and say Thank you God for making me special!!!

  26. Shoe_Lover says:

    I don’t think SJP was being all “I’m normal and I do normal things. PRAISE ME!” I think it was more “I’m not the mega b!tch diva I’m painted as, I don’t expect people to run around doing things for me that I am quite capable of doing myself and I don’t shirk my responsibilities”. I just don’t get why SJP is so hated. I have seen her TV interviews and she comes off as genuine, funny, charming and sweet.

  27. Camille says:

    I don’t normally ever comment on SJP’s looks, however, these photos are really, really, really, really bad. She looks so unattractive in them. Very ‘witchy’. Not good.
    She also needs to STOP parting her hair in the middle- all it does is make her face look even longer.

  28. Franny says:

    I will always love her because I love carrie so much. I know some of I hate on her looks but at least she is trying to age slightly gracefully and not botoxing the hell out of her face and fixing what some of you percieve as a bad nose

  29. LAZEE says:

    Every picture of her is fug.

    Yes, she wants credit for doing normal people stuff. But dammit, if I won the lottery I wouldn’t do a thing that I could get someone else to do.

  30. Katherine says:

    Please! What is she talking about? She works hard not to trade on her celebrity as she poses on the cover of yet another magazine. Is she stupid? Or does she just realize she isn’t that big of a celebrity.

    Maybe she meant to say I just don’t care to make good use of my celebrity.

  31. Alix says:

    Will someone please get this woman off my magazines???

  32. Becky says:

    I don’t think anything she said was at all offensive. I think she really does try to act as “normally” and pleasantly as possible. I don’t take it that she was looking for praise for trying to behave like a polite human being-I think that being accused of attempting to shirk jury duty hit a nerve because she tries very hard to not behave like a celebrity douce. Most of us have been accused of doing things that aren’t true at one point or another and it can be very maddening-I can see why she was annoyed by the Page 6 story.

    On the other hand, I really don’t buy that she never wanted to be famous. If she really didn’t want to be famous she could have stuck with theater, taught acting somewhere or taken on any other job that doesn’t involve fame. I laugh when celebrities talk about not wanting to be famous. If you really don’t want to be famous, you can easily opt out of the lifestyle(:

  33. Ally says:

    The ‘normal’ ship sailed when she reported cutting herself out of a loaned Alexander McQueen gown. She gets lent a couture dress (normal!) and then she can’t be bothered to have someone at home to unzip her (empty contact list and all), so she hacks at a $30,000 dress by herself (like all us regular people would have done).

    SJP and Gwynnie need to get together and have a fake blonde humblebrag-off.

    Btw, in extra meow, what nitwit stylist picked that skirt? It’s just like the one she wore years ago in the Paris episode of SATC, asleep in the hotel bed (almost exactly the same pose, too).

  34. Kate Nonymous says:

    I get what she’s saying, right up to “She doesn’t do her own grocery shopping.” Are there people who would criticize others for that? (I know there are, but you know what I mean.) Seriously, I would be annoyed at a celebrity cutting in line at the grocery store, but I’ve never noticed the *absence* of one.