Kim Cattrall on the Sarah Jessica Parker beef: ‘I just don’t have any regrets’

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Kim Cattrall is currently promoting her new series, Filthy Rich, where she plays the widow of a recently deceased evangelical mega-church preacher. That’s why Cattrall has been doing a lot of press lately and revealing some information about her life (and her boyfriend). I wondered if Kim would manage to get through the promotion without speaking about her beef with Sarah Jessica Parker. Remember that? It was basically a year of drama – it started with SJP’s desire to do a third Sex and the City movie and Cattrall turning it down. Then came months of controversy as SJP whined to anyone who would listen about how Kim is awful. When Kim’s brother passed away, SJP left a message and Kim snapped: “You can not my family, you are not my friend,” etc. SJP is still playing the victim about it. And Kim still DGAF. It’s amazing! Kim chatted with the LA Times recently and of course there was one little aside about the SJP controversy. Some highlights:

Why she worked in England for years after SATC: “In America, I was being cast as a character of a certain likeness to Samantha. In England the casting opened up to a lot of possibilities, which I was really happy to take on.”

How Samantha Jones became so iconic: “I don’t think anybody really knew what it would become, or how it would be at that moment [part of the] zeitgeist — to open up doors … for women to express themselves in a very honest, forthright way about how they felt about sexuality, or how they even interacted with their girlfriends in a real way.”

On the entire SATC 3 debacle: “Sex and the City,” however, has become a contentious topic in recent years. Cattrall is adamant that she won’t reprise her “Sex and the City” character again for a third movie, despite costar Sarah Jessica Parker trying to make it happen. And over the years, it has become apparent there was bad blood between the duo. After Cattrall’s brother died in 2018, Cattrall publicly slammed Parker for exploiting the tragedy. Cattrall declines to comment more on their feud. “Everything is on Google, so I encourage you to Google it, about anything that I’ve said,” she says. “I feel that that was then, and when I look at what’s going on around me, I just don’t have any regrets.”

Worrying about Covid: “We’re pretty lucky, actually. We’ve only lost one person.”

She hopes to tell more stories from her age group: “…Because if young women are lucky enough, they’ll get to be my age and older.”

[From The LA Times]

“Everything is on Google, so I encourage you to Google it, about anything that I’ve said. I feel that that was then, and when I look at what’s going on around me, I just don’t have any regrets.” “I encourage you to Google it” will always be a great answer to any question about a years-old controversy. I get why the LAT asked, just as I get why Kim answered it that way. She doesn’t want to reignite that years-old bulls–t as she’s promoting another show. But she also knew she had to give a quote to help promote her new show. So here we are: she doesn’t have any regrets about revealing that SJP is a toxic manipulator Mean Girl. Good.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

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  1. Eleonora says:

    She does seem like the kind of actress that would do well in European movies.
    Can see her in some gritty Scandinavian detective

    • Boxy Lady says:

      Ha! That’s funny! She actually was in a Scandinavian detective show! They showed it on PBS in the US. It’s set in Sweden and Kim plays the POTUS who gets kidnapped during a state visit to Sweden. It’s called Modus and she’s in the 2nd season.

  2. Mumbles says:

    She was very good in a Masterpiece Theater piece (made in the U.K.) where she played Rudyard Kipling’s wife in the mid-aughts. And she used the press availability to speak out against the war. She’s come a long way since Mannequin!

    I’ve read that the humiliating stuff they made her character do in the movies was more mean-girl stuff by SJP. Glad Cattrall stood up for herself with the third one and that she has no regrets.

  3. Eleonor says:

    She is a great actress, I was surprised when I have found her in “Tell me a story”.

  4. Dee says:

    I watched the first episode of her new show. She does a great job.

  5. Zapp Brannigan says:

    “Then came months of controversy as SJP whined to anyone who would listen”

    I read that as SJP “whinnied to anyone” and lmao and then felt kinda bad and then lmao again. I would encourage everyone to check out “Carrie Bradshaw is the worst”, they review SATC episodes, it is hilarious.

    Cattrall was great in Sensitive Skin, will have to check out her new show.

  6. Darla says:

    I really like her as an actor, and I will watch her new show. I also thought she was the best part of SITC. But I am not so sure she is the saint she’s portrayed as in this feud.

    • Tiffany says:

      How so???

      They asked, she said no.

      They asked again, and she had her people look at an offer along with the script treatment.

      After reviewing, she said no. Even suggested just killing of her character.

      SJP tried and Kim again said no.

      SJP then went to the press and Kim was like, ‘How up heffa. What are you doing?’

      Again, how is Kim in the wrong?

    • lucy2 says:

      I think there was probably some friction and issues on both sides during the show, but SJP has shown herself to be a bully and a mean girl.
      If the feud is SJP wanting to do another movie, Kim saying no thanks, and then SJP harassing her about it, especially while Kim was dealing with family issues and tragedy…I’m going team Kim.

    • Mtec says:

      @Darla
      No one is saying she’s a saint or faultless. But when she turned down doing a 3rd SATC movie, SJP went public blaming Kim for destroying the chance to do a “great” movie. SJP and the actor who plays Stanford both blamed Kim for killing the movie, saying it had an “amazing script.” But from what I remember reading they were gonna make Samantha expose herself to Miranda’s 14year old son in the movie and I don’t blame Kim for squashing that bs. SJP just wanted a big paycheque and another opportunity to humiliate Kim through her character again. And she didn’t have to go publicly and criticize Kim for not wanting to reprise that role again. SJP started the public “feud” and there have been rumours she went out of her way to exclude Kim from many things during the original run of the show. That’s not how the lead of a show should act. They set the tone. And SJP apparently likes to operate like a mean-girl with cliques. Kim may not be perfect, but she doesn’t deserve that in a work environment. No one does.

    • Disco-Balled says:

      Wasn’t a big SATC fan but Kim Cattrall won me over as a public figure with her courage in all this.

      You do not leak private contract negotiations. You do not bully someone dependent on public goodwill for their employability with anonymous leaks.

      In any other industry the clowns behind the PR strategy to force Kim into taking a job she wasn’t interested in and to push her back into submission on pay negotiations would have been slapped with a lawsuit for employment-related bullying. But media leaks are impossible to prove.

      Countries around the world are clamping down on workplace bullying. If it was SJP and her team – and most people seem to believe it was – doing all this, they are hideously stupid, probably drunk on power, and unethical.

  7. GR says:

    Kim looks gorgeous – not trying to pretend she’s younger.

  8. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I love Kim Cattrall and she was the best part of SATC. I’m going to check out her new show.

  9. Digital Unicorn says:

    Have always loved Kim and adored her in Mannequin and Big Trouble in Little China. I always thought she was too good for SITC.

    And yeah its well known SJP is a c0w, she’s never had a good rep to work with.

  10. Meg says:

    I can see SJP being a mean girl i have to think anyone very close with andy cohen would be a mean girl as hes that type too. Is kelly ripa a mean girl? I could see having a casual friend who can be bitchy and fun but keep them at a distance because how theyll treat others is how they’ll treat you

    • shanaynay says:

      I cannot stand Andy Cohen. I personally think he has absolutely no standards, and is classless.

      • Disco-Balled says:

        SJP was on Andy Cohen around the time of the third movie controversy and they had a skit where Cohen put on a blonde wig and pretended to be Sam, making fun of her. They were both laughing while Andy was the one charged with doing the “dirty work.” SJP prob always thought she was getting to build up her nice girl, it girl, fashionista number one, etc, aura by making the other SATC characters, esp Kim, do all the outlandish stuff.

        She’s on the DM and other rags every now and then selling her shoes (photo ops in her store as she fits shoppers with shoes, in person, wow!) and doing ridiculous poses in massive dresses coming out of her NYC townhouse. Her shoes are ugly and expensive, just like her taste in fashion, and she has no clue how dated her Carrie Bradshaw persona and its hyper-consumerism is in the age of impending ecological collapse.

  11. Julie says:

    Like most bullies she doesn’t realise that she’s one too. There was never any need to play this out so publicly and especially that fit about an IG condolence. They both strike me as narcissists and SJP was just more skilled at securing her place at the center of everyone’s attention. Maybe SJP was even defensive against Kim as a potential interloper. But I’m also certain that Kim is very similar and her resentment ultimately stems from being on a set where the adulation was reserved for one person.

    • anon says:

      Hear, hear. +1

    • GrumpyDespot says:

      This so much. I don’t understand how more people on this site don’t see this.

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        I don’t think it’s a matter of people not seeing that. The thing is in THIS fight, SJP started it and had the power in the situation, which makes her the bully in this particular instance. I have no idea what truly went down on the set, but when approached KC said no to returning and while it’s acceptable to ask a few more times, there was no need to initiate a public shaming of KC to get her to get on board. That is what posters on this board took exception with, the public shaming and getting others on board to shame also in an effort to have KC change her mind. When it all fell apart SJP played the victim, which she clearly wasn’t and Kim mostly said nothing until SJP approached KC when she was grieving a loved one. I’m sorry SJP is in the wrong in this situation and I actually like SJP for the most part. She seems a little neurotic, but I like that sort of personality so she’s always been fine with me, besides she seems very liberal so…

    • Amando says:

      I agree, I don’t think either women came out looking good in that feud. That said, I’m so glad Kim turned it down because the second movie was dreadful. She had enough sense to walk away.

    • Jules says:

      yes they both sound catty.

    • Disco-Balled says:

      All actors are narcissistic to some degree. Who cares what their personalities were like? SJP greedily clung onto her status and power with that show/movies and refused to play fair. When a colleague tried to ask for fairer pay (let’s face it, Sam character made the show what it was), she was rewarded with underhanded leaks in the media.

      You do not leak private contract negotiations and you do not bully people for requesting changes to their employment conditions.

      In any other industry this bullying would have attracted litigation and even fines from workplace authorities (in well-regulated countries). However, leaks are hard to trace.

      Let me tell you, whoever thought those leaks were a good idea are clowns who need a reality check. If it was SJP and her team, they must be drunk on power, delusional, and have no idea how the real world works. Bullying, end of.

  12. Sam the Pink says:

    I always believed the story that SJP was jealous of Kim throughout the series because Samantha was a more popular, more loved character than Carrie was, so when SJP got the executive producer credit, she started pushing for Samantha to have more ridiculous storylines. She’s always been a mean girl type, and Kim is probably just tired of it.

    If they really, really want to make STC 3, then either re-case Samantha or just remove her from the film. They are acting like Kim is the only thing standing in the way of this movie and trying to put it all on her, and that’s not fair. They could make it, they choose not to.

    • The fact that they DID NOT end up making that movie, really affirms the narrative that Kim’s character Samantha was the popular one, and that Kim was essential to the movie’s success, otherwise why haven’t they made it, killed her off or recast her? Maybe that is why SJP had to whine and complain about it not happening, because she knew it would not get made without Kim. That must piss her off to no end, lol.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Or they run the risk of the movie flopping, thus confirming how important Kim was to the show and that SJP couldn’t carry it without her.

  13. anon says:

    No 60+ year old woman should be wearing bangs. Sorry, but it ages her and looks ridiculous.

    Also, her syntax is always so off-kilter that it makes me wonder if she actually hears the stream of BS coming out of her mouth. It always sounds so pompous and studied, like she’s trying too hard.

    As for her and her beef with SJP? Whoooo cares? SATC is so over by this point that it reminds me of the blood feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

    As a communications professional, let me give you some free advice: Just don’t say anything. If asked about it, don’t even say “Google it.” Just leave it and let the record speak for itself. But engaging even a little bit just looks sad and tone deaf at this stupid juncture when the world is burning down, people are dying and losing their homes.

    • sassafras says:

      A 60+ year old woman should be wearing her hair exactly the way she wants it.

      So should a 20 yr old woman. And every woman in between.

      Looking older is not a bad thing and suggesting it is is ageism and anti-feminist.

    • minx says:

      She looks fine, far better than SJP and her center-parted long hair, if we’re talking about hair.

    • Jaded says:

      Sarah is that you?

      • Happy Hump Day says:

        Sarah’s PR team “(communications professional”), is that you? What a circus you managed to turn contract negotiations / a job offer into, if it was indeed your team! Totally buffoonery and completely unprofessional and unethical! In another industry, with an equivalent situation, the responsible party would possibly be looking at a lawsuit and employment-regulator fines and sanctions for the bullying. That’s coming from someone with an HR background!

      • Golly Gee says:

        My thoughts exactly.

    • joanne says:

      Give it up. Kim looks great with her hair anyway she wants it. Who are you to tell me or any other 60+ woman how to wear my hair. That’s sheer arrogance and tacky to boot.

  14. MrsBanjo says:

    I like that the LA Times actually stated that SJP was exploiting the tragedy – because that’s exactly what she was doing.

  15. Jen says:

    Who can blame kim for not wanting to degrade herself doing another film? The second film was cringeworthy in that aspect. SJP refusing to give her a script that allowed her to keep her dignity as a 60 year old woman is just horrible! SJP and the writers ruined the series…not Kim!!

    • Truthiness says:

      I have not seen any of the movies – they were panned – but if they want to go to the well another time, they really need to add some color. They could write Samantha overseas and just add some unique personalities with different voices.

      • Ellie says:

        If only, but the new characters would so very likely be inferior somehow to the main cast (see: Carrie’s assistant, Charlotte’s nanny etc). POC or anyone more diverse on the show are usually an afterthought, a sidekick, a passing player.

        I can’t see that group of cliquish privileged white women gaining new WOC friends in their 50s (the characters, not the actors!)

  16. Jay says:

    I do not feel the pressing need to see any of these versions of SATC characters ever again, but I would be open to a series that covered Carrie’s early years in New York (not the teen series they tried, but the clubbing 80s party girl Carrie who was always alluded to but never shown.

    • Seeker542 says:

      There was a show on the CW maybe 5 years ago called “The Carrie Diaries” based on the book about her late teens to maybe very early 20s

  17. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    Kim Catrall’s Instagram message to SJP is legendary and brave. And I love this: “Because if young women are lucky enough, they’ll get to be my age and older.”

  18. Disco-Balled says:

    I’ve posted here before on Kim blogs about how stupid and ethical whoever did those leaks must be. Employment laws and culture have been changing and improving for a long time, but the clowns behind the Kim bullying thing were clueless even for back then. In any other industry and in a situation where you could trace and prove who did those leaks, you would attract litigation and possibly even fines for trying to bullying someone into a project they didn’t like or into taking less pay than they thought they were due. Media leaks also went directly to her employability, as she’s an actor. Shocking treatment towards a colleague who was a huge asset to the team, in addition to total buffoons with no idea about CYA and compliance. If it was SJP and her team, then they must be / must have been seriously drunk on power.

    So Team Kim always for hitting back in the only way, really, available to her: through the media. Her Piers Morgan interview was badass (I hate that word but that’s what it was) and a masterclass in how to slam down the bullies and give them a dose of their own medicine – while staying classy and true to yourself. And I’ve never been a fan of the show.