“Parts of [Samantha] are with me. I played her, and I loved her. I felt ultimately protective of her.
I’ve played so many different kinds of characters, you think — why that character? Why then? It was a time coming out of AIDS and making sex positive again. There were so many parallels of me growing as an actor and that character. I would never want to look back on that with anything other than pride. That I did that, that it existed. I don’t know how I did it sometimes, because it was really scary. Especially when I started dating. My husband and I broke up [in 2004]. That was really different for me.
I felt like it was a show about single women. I felt like I was now cast as a cougar, which became not as positive as other aspects. People say, ‘You coined it.’ I didn’t feel that was part of my character. There was never a desperation; it was always on her terms, which I loved. That was a bit of an adjustment, suddenly being single. I think when you become that recognizable for a very specific kind of character and you go out in the real world — those images, that collective consciousness, we all share.
I was never asked to be part of the reboot. I made my feelings clear after the possible third movie, so I found out about it like everyone else did — on social media.
[And Just Like That…] is basically the third movie. That’s how creative it was.
Can you imagine going back to a job you did 25 years ago? And the job didn’t get easier; it got more complicated in the sense of how are you going to progress with these characters? Everything has to grow, or it dies. I felt that when the series ended, I thought that’s smart. We’re not repeating ourselves. And then the movie to end all the loose ends. And then there’s another movie. And then there’s another movie?”— Kim Cattrall speaking with Variety about her iconic run as Samantha Jones on Sex and the City, and its Samantha-less reboot, And Just Like That… Cattrall will appear this year on Hulu’s How I Met Your Father, and Peacock’s Queer as Folk, reboot.