'It felt like somebody was holding me hostage': Sarah Jessica Parker recalls being reluctant to star in 'Sex and the City'

The actress spoke about her apprehensions before venturing into a role on TV and how she took time to adjust to its difficult schedule.


                            'It felt like somebody was holding me hostage': Sarah Jessica Parker recalls being reluctant to star in 'Sex and the City'

Can anyone imagine 'Sex and the City' without Sarah Jessica Parker? Absolutely not! But in a recent interview Sarah Jessica Parker revealed that she almost didn't star on the show because of quite a few reasons. 

People reports, that Parker felt that after making a name for herself as both a film and a Broadway star she was reluctant to star in a television show fearing the grueling schedule that would accompany it. “I panicked and I was like, ‘I want to maintain my life.  I like doing a few plays a year and a movie, and maybe a TV movie of the week," she revealed to James Andrew Miller in the latest episode of his podcast. Even after accepting her role and the subsequent popularity of the show, Parker was still apprehensive about her decision and it took a while for her to adjust to this new life of being a television actress. “All of a sudden it felt like somebody was holding me hostage or something or there just were these limitations which felt very suffocating.” 

 

Sarah Jessica Parker attends the premiere of her new film 'Here And Now' on September 6, 2018 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker attends the premiere of her new film 'Here And Now' on September 6, 2018 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Parker is still recognized as the iconic 'Carrie Bradshaw' who was a New York City columnist in 94 episodes cast in over six seasons and two full-length feature films. The hit HBO series followed the lives of 4 women in New York City dealing with their complicated personal and professional lives while also navigating the enigmatic New York City. Bradshaw, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York (Kristin Davis)  were the leads on the show.

 

The cast of 'Sex And The City,' Season 2 Clockwise from top left: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall. 1999 Paramount Pictures (Source: Getty Images)
The cast of 'Sex And The City,' Season 2 Clockwise from top left: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall. 1999 Paramount Pictures (Source: Getty Images)

There were talks of a third feature film but nothing materialized, a feud between Parker and Cattrall was cited as a possible reason but Parker dismissed the rumors. Speaking to Fox News about the third installment of the franchise, she said, “I know where it is. I read the script. It’s fantastic… It was great, it was beautiful. But I sadly can’t say. But I know where [Carrie] was headed and I know where all [the characters] were headed. It was wonderful.” Parker also opened up about her feud with Kim Cattrall, saying that though she herself didn't agree to sign the third film while the other three stars did, there was no bad blood between her and Cattrall.

The 62-year-old star has moved on to other ventures.  She is currently starring in “Here and Now” as Vivienne, a renowned jazz vocalist preparing to release a new album only to receive a grim health diagnosis. She appears in the drama along with veteran star Jacqueline Bisset who plays her meddling mother Jeanne. Parker was looking forward to working with Bisset and really wanted her to take on the role. She said, “We so wanted her to do this movie and it was a huge, huge deal to us when she arrived."