As Sarah noted in Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. today, NewNowNext blogger John Polly recently interviewed the Sex and the City cast. For Cynthia Nixon‘s comments, see BLWE — here are some other highlights.
NNN: Any thoughts about Cashmere Mafia or Lipstick Jungle?
Kim Cattrall: I haven’t seen them. I’m very flattered because they sound shockingly like a show that was near and dear to my heart. [Laughs.] But it’s not like somebody in the middle of nowhere came up with them. Darren Star put this whole fantasy together, and so did Candace Bushnell — from the inception — so I have no opinion about them going off and trying to tell more stories about women.
NNN: What about the clothes?
Kristin Davis: Did the shoes hurt? Oh, we got used to that. But in the middle of the night, it was as if we’d be thinking, “This is how we earn our check — wearing these shoes.”
NNN: On lesbian costumer Patricia Field:
Kim Cattrall: You go into Pat’s playroom — as I call it — and it stinks like cigarettes, and there’s pizza, take-out food, stuff everywhere. And she’s got a little bit of everything in there. She has designer stuff and, like, a rag-picker’s assortment of jewelry from the ’30s and ’40s. It’s so much fun, because you really feel like it’s dress-up time.
Sarah Jessica Parker: Really, this idea that I’m some kind of fashion icon is, in large part, due to Pat. She’s a remarkable person. And don’t be fooled by the red hair; she’s no Hostess Twinkie. She’s a really smart woman.
NNN: Who actually gets some sex in the movie?
Kim Cattrall: Guess!
NNN: What about the impact SATC has had on women, on society in general?
Kristin Davis: When we started, we didn’t think anyone would watch the show. Sarah and I would have these discussions, because we shot the entire first season without anything airing — usually you work while it airs, and you can gauge people’s thoughts. But Sarah and I would have these talks about how the feminists are going to hate us. Because it was man-obsessed. It’s a feminist show, and we know that now. But we didn’t know it then.
Sarah Jessica Parker: I think part of the connection people feel to Carrie or the show has been due to the kind of writing, the storytelling and the characters that we created. And they live in a sort of hyper-real place … we kind of painted this portrait of this city, it’s not really New York City. I mean, it is, but it’s sort of a hyper-real, the way we want to see New York. And I think that was very exciting for women.
Carrie’s flawed, and she was a wreck of a person for a while. But she’s very curious about people and has deep commitments for friendships, and I think those are interesting qualities to possess. But I don’t know if that makes her necessarily a role model; I just think it’s good writing and she’s a great character.
It’s also very hard to talk about our legacy, because it just seems really unattractive for me to assume that. It’s just not my nature for me to say, “Yes, we were responsible, we were part of this revolution.” Or, “What is the legacy of the show?” I think it sounds braggy.
But on a lighter level, I’ll see four women walking down the street together in lots of different countries, and I recognize its provenance. And in New York City, I’ll see four girls, and there’s an intention to how they’re behaving with each other, and I recognize that we had something to do with that — for better or for worse. Sometimes it’s, unfortunately, a woman showing a thong, and I think, “Well, that’s the bad part of our legacy.”
Read the full interview here.