Sarah Jessica Parker: ‘I don’t Google myself, I have no constitution for that’


Sarah Jessica Parker covers the new issue (the April issue) of Harper’s Bazaar UK. The cover is meh to me, but I like the other photo I’m including from the shoot. I’m also including some photos of SJP yesterday in NYC, where she was promoting her new “pop-up shop” at Nordstrom’s. I really wish SJP would do something different with her hair. I know this is perhaps a controversial opinion, but SJP’s hair bugs me so much more than Jennifer Aniston’s rarely-changing style. At least Aniston loves volume. SJP is content to maintain her ill-advised long hair and her flat center part. Anyway, now that I’ve bitched about that, SJP would probably like to say that she doesn’t appreciate the hate. Some highlights from the Bazaar piece:

SJP on her fame: “I never wanted to be famous. And I won’t trade on it in any way. It’s not like it’s hard to be respectful and well behaved.”

She doesn’t read gossip about herself: “I don’t read anything. I don’t Google myself. Good God, no! I have absolutely no constitution for that. I’m curious about everything, except what people have to say about me. It’s the random cruelty I really don’t understand. It’s not good for us. I don’t know, you know, how we go back in time to a better place.”

Growing up poor: “My mother was chic but we were broke. Inside the house was chaos and madness… I appreciate everything. I think that there are probably a lot of people that don’t care as much, and it all still works for them. But I can’t have my name on something and not be totally involved. It can often make things really hard but that’s simply the way I have to be.”

Collaborating with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik: ‘Having played this character for so long who had such a love of shoes – and, you know, some might say a reckless desire to have them – I just thought, “This is what I’d really like to do now.” I called him and said, “I have this crazy idea…”’

Her favorites from the SATC archives: The Manolo Blahnik black suede BB pump remains Parker’s favourite shoe of all time, she says. ‘I used to wear them 18 hours a day for the show and loved it… I still have all those shoes – anything I’ve ever worn in any movie or television show in my life is archived – but I really don’t shop that much. Also, I have a small closet. It’s a mess! It looks fine to the naked eye, but things are shoved in every corner. Friends come round and say, “But I have more clothes than you.”’

The secret to a happy marriage? ‘Bruce Paltrow [Gwyneth’s father] had a great quote. I’m almost scared to tell you… but someone asked how he stayed married all these years and he said, “We never wanted to get divorced at the same time.” Now everyone will think there was a period at which we did want to get divorced. But you stay married because you want to be there, despite everything. I don’t know, it seems like it’s just as deserving of effort as anything else is, certainly a career. I guess we both want to be in it.’

The love for Carrie Bradshaw: “She was a really good friend. That’s why they can forgive those very apparent flaws and selfishnesses. She was a deeply devoted friend, and I think women really respond to that kind of connection. I think we all want it, we all work towards having it, and we’re not always the very best friends we can be… It’s kind of surprising to say, but in a way [Sex and the City] was a more innocent time. I think so much reality television – and the women that dominate culture today – are pretty unfriendly towards one another. They use language that’s really objectionable and cruel and not supportive. I like to remember that Carrie and the other woman in Sex and the City were really nice to each other.’

[From Harper’s Bazaar UK]

She’s right about SATC being a simpler time overall, and it’s crazy to think that the TV show only ended a decade ago. None of the women were texting each other or maintaining their social media profiles or tweeting shoe selfies. If the characters were modernized… well, I think Carrie Bradshaw would still be a thing. In some ways, she was ahead of the current trend of self-indulgence and narcissism. That’s what I think about when I watch those old episodes: Carrie’s ability to turn any situation into The Carrie Show. As for the thing about how cruel people are to each other… SJP has heard the My Little Pony jokes, and she thinks you’re a bitch for laughing.



Photos courtesy of Bazaar UK, WENN.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    As Lady Mary would say, “I find her irritating and beguiling in equal measure.”

    • SonjaMarmeladova says:

      Really? She seems so lovely to me. I would want her to be my friend, something i can’t say for many celebrities.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I thought she came over very well in this article, and I will always love Carrie, and I agree she seems nice, especially compared to other celebrities. But sometimes she comes across as really smug to me and I don’t like her husband and something just rubs me the wrong way. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe you are just nicer than I.

      • Lucy says:

        I did a shoot with her for ELLE a few years ago and she was lovely – really polite and friendly, if a bit shy.

    • Family Guy says:

      As Peter Griffin said, She has a face like a foot.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


      • Lolo-ology says:

        I still remember that from when it first aired! It made one of those mental images that you can’t unsee. And @Goodnames, I completely agree with that first quote! I’m often confused by my conflicting feelings about her, it’s so weird.

  2. harpreet says:

    This Canadian sees her flag in the background.

    Also, she was on the Wendy show, cute interview. Am interested in her shoes.

    • chick b. says:

      I thought SJP was great on Wendy’s show, and I loved that Wendy was so jazzed to have SJP as a guest. Beyond that, 2 items: I always thought Samantha was the best, most loyal friend on SaTC and b) SJP’s shoes are ridic expensive. I hadn’t realized she was going to be collaborating with someone from MB; I was hoping her line was going to release with something around a $200 price point. That being said I flove the grosgrain ribbon trim on them & her reason for adding it to the styles.

      • SonjaMarmeladova says:

        Miranda was my favourite character. Someone who had her priorities straight. Couldn’t stand Charlotte. But yes, Samantha seemed to be the best friend.

  3. aims says:

    I think she’s a lovely person. She always seems funny and down to earth. I do agree though, its time to mix it up with the hair. She has more resources then most .

  4. Neffie says:

    There is something about her and Madonna that reminds me of each other. lol does that make sense?

    • AJ says:

      My mom used to always say that when we would watch SATC. I still don’t see it but that put a smile on my face. Haha mom was right!

  5. Kiddo says:

    Who did these photos? The second one is okay, her face looks fine but… In the first photo, I am getting a very Miss Havisham from Great Expectations vibe; all she needed was some feathers or a veil on her head. What’s going on in the last photo, is she twelve? Nothing against SJP, but the styling, hair, photos and photo editing are atrocious. She usually looks better than this.

  6. MonicaQ says:

    Oh please, we’ve been mean to each other since the dawn of time. Just now we can do it anonymously. So in sex and the city days, no Facebook stalking, no Twitter DMs, no anon tumblr asks. You had to do it in your circle of friends of burn books, over the phone or whatever. There’s just a bigger platform to be an arse .

    See, fluttershy and dj p0n-3 are cute. So the comparisons to MLP falls flat. Heard Seabiscuit and Barbarosa more often.

  7. AG-UK says:

    I like her but prefer her with her natural curly hair sort of Robert Plant like as I am a curly girl too.

    • Liberty says:

      I agree. I do like her, but I think she looks so great with her wavy, curlier hair (I have it too and also try to smooth it down sometimes for a change). It can be tough to go shorter with this natural wavy hair, re shape, though she did have a short cute look on SATC, right? I was home sick two weeks ago and watched some reruns….saw the different hair and yes, was struck by the “simpler’ times in a way.

      A friend and I talked about this sort of touching on her viewpoint in a way: they were almost more wondering, naive, surprised by things (apart from Samantha) in those story lines, even though they were seasoned New Yorkers. I think today, we’re all just a bit more knowing and thus. hm, cynical is too strong a word for what I mean, but more aware….thus maybe we speak about things differently in a more knowing matter-of-fact way at times? My female friends range in age from 22 to 60 from five countries, and the common thread is a sort of funny, cynical intelligence coupled with “got your back” caring. We’re just more likely to look at each other and go “uh, YEAH!” now, seeing things pretty clearly across the age and country lines. Maybe that is what SJP picks up on in addition to the crueler side of life?

  8. Josephine says:

    She’s a hard-worker, supporting her family with her Broadway work as child. And she seems incredibly gracious and thankful, and not much of a self-promoter. I like her a lot.

  9. BendyWindy says:

    I just love her. For absolutely no discernible reason.

    • emmie_a says:

      Me too! I just love her. I’d be sad if she’s not as down-to-earth and gracious as she seems. …And usually I don’t care about celeb kids, but I love seeing pics of her twins on DM. They are adorable!

      • Lucky says:

        I love her as well. We are almost the same age and I just really think she is down to earth and so grateful for her success. I have 3 pairs of Manolo Blahniks just because of her!

  10. NeNe says:

    I cannot stand her, but she’s smart not to google herself.

  11. bns says:

    What is she promoting?

  12. Io says:

    She doesn’t get enough credit in my opinion and way too much. She was a child star and has never been a mess. I like her. Family guy messed her up big time. I didn’t hear the horse jokes before then

  13. paola says:

    While I don’t think she is a very good actress, I really loved her as Carrie Bradshaw. Maybe she was just portraying a side of her true self and it’s probably why she was so convincing.
    All of the 4 girls were good friends, I always thought that Carrie was the glue of the group, but they were all very honest towards each other and the messages sent out was a good one. You can still be friends even if you speak the truth and show your flaws.

    What i really like about SJp is that she isn’t a famewhore. She seems to be conscious of how lucky she has been and she doens’t want to over do it. She seems lovely and equlibrate. And i also love the fact she was so open about the surrogate pregnancy unlike other fellow celebrities *cough* beyoncè *cough*

  14. TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

    Can we please go back to putting models on the covers, covers from the 80s and 90s were so much better and memorable Paulina Porizkova and Kelly Emberg covers are beautiful and worth saving, not this; How about Joan smalls for starters – I don’t see SJP as a fashion icon, just another celeb that has found a pseudo second career.

  15. Talie says:

    She brought up on Andy Cohen’s show about the National Enquirer saying her hands looked ghoulish. So, she is aware and does read.

    • TWINK says:

      But she said the Enquirer was in the car that took her to a premiere or something, not that she googled it.

  16. girlnbayou says:

    I kind of appreciate the fact that they didn’t photoshop the crap out of her.

    Maybe all of the big mags are starting to listen to us peons after all.

  17. Tig says:

    I watched a documentary about all these different actresses who had played “Annie” on B’way and in touring shows- and SJP’s interview of her experiences as a child actor on B’way in the 70s was incredible! How she came through in one pretty sane piece is amazing.

    I like her, and boy, there is truth behind the B Paltrow quip!

  18. Sandra says:

    I really like her. She’s so down to earth, and speaks her truth, like it’s more important to connect to people with the truth than with what they want to hear. I must say though, I prefer her with a brighter shade of blonde. It works so well with her skin tone, it brightens up her face. Plus – she is beautiful. An unconventional beautiful, but beautiful nonetheless.

  19. IceQueen says:

    I like SJP million times more than Carrie Bradshaw.

  20. Family Guy says:

    In the movie business, conventional wisdom has it that to succeed at the box office a film must include profanity, obscenity, blood, gore, blasphemy, and, of course, lots of sex. There’s only one little problem with this theory. Empirical data illustrates that the opposite is true. Clean, wholesome family affairs generally do much better at the till. Yet motiveless violence and crimes committed at random continue to be the order of the day.

    The awful Quentin Tarantino leads the pack among the talentless directors now forming our culture. His dialogue is mostly mindless, he makes no distinction between right and wrong, and most of his characters wallow in violence and brutality. His point is slaughter for slaughter’s sake, and in slow motion to boot, in case we missed any of the gore.

    “The pattern of honoring ugliness, violence, and brutality in films is a recent phenomenon.”

    The pattern of honoring ugliness, violence, and brutality in films is a recent phenomenon. The message seems to be that portrayals of cruelty and dementia deserve more serious consideration and automatic respect than any attempts to convey nobility or goodness. In the past thirty years the entertainment industry’s most influential leaders have demonstrated a powerful preference for the perverse. Even the stars have followed this pattern. During the golden era of Hollywood—the 1930s to the 1960s—stars were different from you and me. They looked, talked, and lived better, and had replaced the millionaire robber barons as the dream figures in the popular imagination. Now they look as grubby as the characters they portray on the screen—or better yet, like homeless people. They talk like thugs and act like drug dealers, menacing fans and waiters alike. Most are incapable of stringing a sentence together without the word “like” repeated ad nauseam.