There are few actresses who’ve become as synonymous with their most famous characters as Sarah Jessica Parker and Carrie Bradshaw, the winsome sex columnist she portrayed on HBO’s Sex and the City for six seasons and two spin-off feature films. Yet, it almost never was. In a recent chat with Playbill‘s Seth Rudetsky Parker reveals that she nearly passed on the role. After all, she was an in-demand feature film actress and appearing in a HBO series didn’t then offer the career-advancing cachet it does these days. Rudetsky writes:
We, of course, talked about Sex and The City, and turns out, she was reluctant to do the pilot because she didn’t really want to do a series. However, she loved the script so she filmed it and then forgot about it. Months later she found out the show was picked up and she completely wanted to get out of it. I mean, completely. She really didn’t want to be tied down to one job because she loved going from gig to gig and being, what she called, a “journeyman.” 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! Basically, they convinced her to honor her deal, and she now has no regrets. She loved played Carrie Bradshaw and she told us that there may be a project coming up involving all the ladies!
So that raises the question: Which other hot 30-ish actress in the ’90s could have played Carrie besides SJP? Meg Ryan? Bridget Fonda? Jennifer Jason Leigh? Tell us in the comments.