IT’S hard to imagine anyone other than Sarah Jessica Parker playing shoe-loving, cosmo-sipping columnist Carrie Bradshaw on Sex & The City.
But the actress almost turned the role down.
In an excerpt from James Andrew Miller’s new book Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists, SJP reveals she didn’t want to sign on to a television series, but was convinced to take the role by her agent Kevin Huvane.
“He called me up and said, ‘Darren Star (SATC creator) reached out to me. He’s written this pilot and tells me he wrote it with you in mind — you were in his head when he was writing it. I’m going to send it to you. I’ve read it. I think it’s really good. You should meet with him’,” Parker reveals in the excerpt published by The Hollywood Reporter.
“And I said, ‘Really? I feel like I’ve got it all right now. I can do a play, then do a movie, then do a play, then do a movie. There’s a lot of flexibility. What could be better? Do I really want to go back to making a television series when I’m maybe held hostage signing a long-term contract?’”
After meeting Star to talk about the role, Parker was still hesitant. As well as the time involved in a series, she was also concerned about the nudity and language in the script.
“I met with Darren, and there were a couple of concerns that I had — like I really wasn’t keen on doing nudity and language issues — but Kevin continued to say to me, ‘This is different. You have never done anything like this before. No one’s ever done a part like this. Do this’,” she continued.
So she signed on. But, as former Broadway co-star Seth Rudetsky revealed last year, she tried getting out of the contract afterwards.
“She tried various ways to get out of it including telling HBO that she would film three projects for free if they’d release her from her contract!” he told Playbill in December.
But after the first day of taping, as she told Alec Baldwin on his Here’s The Thing podcast, she “didn’t want to be anywhere else”.