Despite the fact that Sex and The City stopped airing nearly two decades ago — with the latest movie released in 2010 — the drama between two of the main stars is still worth talking about.Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Kim Cattrall (Samantha) never…
Despite the fact that Sex and The City stopped airing nearly two decades ago — with the latest movie released in 2010 — the drama between two of the main stars is still worth talking about.
Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Kim Cattrall (Samantha) never quite got along while filming, but it's only in the last few years that we've learned just how much they seem to dislike each other.
In September 2020, Cattrall told a reporter who was questioning the status of her relationship with Parker to "Google it".
"Everything is on Google, so I encourage you to Google it, about anything that I've said," Catrall told the Los Angeles Times journalist. "I feel that that was then, and when I look at what's going on around me, I just don't have any regrets."
Needless to say, she will not be reprising her role as Samantha in the recently confirmed SATC series reboot. Titled And Just Like That…, the new chapter will follow Carrie, Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) navigate love and friendship in their 50s.
So where did it all go wrong for Cattrall and Parker? Let's break it down.
Are Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall friends?
It definitely doesn't seem like it. Back in 2018, when Cattrall's brother died unexpectedly, Parker publicly reached out offering her condolences. Cattrall took to Instagram to call her out, and it was pretty scathing.https://www.instagram.com/p/BfBIPebAmFX/?taken-by=kimcattrall
"Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now," she captioned the image. "Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."
So... yeah. Probably not still mates.
What happened between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall?
It wasn't until recently that we learned the extent of the drama that went down on the set of Sex And The City. When Cattrall refused to star in a third movie a few years ago, it began a whole avalanche of gossip and comments that revealed the real group dynamic of the four lead actresses.
As the show's final season was airing in 2004, many speculated that there was a huge rift between Cattrall and Parker. At the 2004 Emmys, Cattrall was seated apart from her three other castmates (Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis), who were later seen partying and celebrating together while Cattrall was nowhere to be found.
On a podcast interview in 2018, the show's writer and executive producer Michael Patrick King confirmed suspicions of a feud, one which started all the way back in Season 1.
He revealed that when the actresses were initially cast, SJP was already a big name movie star, while the other three were barely known.
"As the show progressed, the characters, everybody, grew. It became a family. Kristin, Cynthia and Sarah Jessica became one group, and Kim never joined mentally," King said.
Contractually SJP was the only one to have her name on the show's poster, even after a few seasons when the other women had become household names. She also got paid more than the other actors, which Cattrall objected to. According to King, Cattrall believed she was "everyone's favourite".
Over the years, Parker denied rumours of a feud or of any diva behaviour on Cattrall's part.
Meanwhile Cattrall said: "Are we the best of friends? No. We're professional actresses. We have our own separate lives."
In 2004, Cattrall revealed that she left the show after pay disputes. She was earning US$350,000 per episode but wanted a raise it to US$1 million. SJP was earning US$3 million an episode, as she also acted as producer.
"I felt after six years it was time for all of us to participate in the financial windfall of Sex and the City," Cattrall said while appearing on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. "When they didn't seem keen on that I thought it was time to move on."
After the show ended
In 2008, ahead of the release of the first SATC movie, there were rumours that Cattrall refused to do it unless she was paid as much as the other stars. Parker "supported" her decision to ask for more money.
Over the next few years, the two actresses both continued denying there was ever any fighting or bad blood between them. In 2016, Cattrall said in an interview that she didn't want to do any more SATC movies because she felt like they were a little outdated.
"I think the climate changed," she told the Daily Record. "To have four women talking about shopping trips and spending $400 on shoes when people are having trouble putting food on the table?"
The drama over Sex And The City 3
In a 2017 interview, SJP expressed her sadness that there wouldn't be any more SATC movies — but never mentioned Cattrall by name. "It's not just disappointing that we don't get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for the audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie," she said.
From this quote, the Daily Mail ran an article alleging that the reason there would be no third film was because of Cattrall's "outrageous demands". Cattrall then took to Twitter to refute this claim. "The only DEMAND I ever made was that I didn't want to do a 3rd film," she said.https://twitter.com/KimCattrall/status/913712496237776897
Other actors from the show, including Kristin Davis, shared cryptic social media posts hinting at the fact that someone was stopping the film from being made. "I wish that we could have made the final chapter, on our own terms, to complete the stories of our characters," Davis wrote. "It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter."
What did Kim Cattrall say to Piers Morgan?
Cattrall appeared on Piers Morgan's show and denied any claims that she was being a diva.
"I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous," Cattrall said. "This isn't about more money, this is not about more scenes, it's not about any of those things. This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another. I'm 61. It's now."
Actor Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch, tweeted in response to Cattrall's interview, alleging that Cattrall spent six months negotiating a SATC3 contract before pulling out.https://twitter.com/WillieGarson/status/915621785340489728
In the Piers Morgan interview, Cattrall claimed that she was "never friends" with SJP and the rest of the cast. She also said that Parker "could have been nicer".
How did it all get so ugly?
For the next year or so, Parker continued giving interviews where she talked about how heartbroken she was to not be able to do the third film, calling it "enormously painful".
Parker also addressed Cattrall's claims that she wasn't nice, without really saying anything at all.
"That whole week… I found it really upsetting," Parker said. "That's not the way I recall our experience. It was a professional experience, but it became personal because it was years and years of our lives. I'm hoping that that sort of eclipses anything that's been recently spoken."
A few months later, Cattrall's brother died and SJP sent her love via Instagram.
She spoke to ET about her comment: "If somebody in your life, whether you're in touch with them or not, [is] suffering for any reason, it's involuntary that you want to convey condolences or sadness or just let someone know you're thinking about them."
That's when Cattrall made that post calling out Parker for "exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona". She also linked to a Page Six article that claimed a "mean girls" culture was what caused SATC to end.
In an interview with Vulture, SJP continued to refuse to speak to the feud.
"There is no catfight, there never has been a catfight. I've never fought with someone publicly in my life, nor would I," she said. "People need to recall that it wasn't just two women on the set fighting because that just never happened."
What is Sarah Jessica Parker doing now?
After SATC, Parker focused mainly on movies, starring in a bunch of rom-coms like I Don't Know How She Does It and Did You Hear About the Morgans?
From 2016 to 291, she also starred in HBO's Divorce, and is set to appear alongside Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy in the highly anticipated film Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the 1993 Halloween comedy.
What is Sarah Jessica Parker's net worth?
With an enormous net worth of US$150 million (approx. $195 million), it seems like SJP manages her money a little better than Carrie Bradshaw did.
By Season 4 of the show, she had a producer credit and was reportedly earning a staggering US$3 million (approx. $3.9 million) per episode. So for in final three seasons, she made US$138 million (approx. $179 million) for 46 episodes — before tax.
It's reported she was paid US$13 million (approx. $17 million) for the first SATC film and US$15 million (approx. $19 million) for the second.
What is Kim Cattrall doing now?
Since wrapping up the SATC franchise in 2010, Cattrall has acted in a handful of TV show roles. She starred in and produced the Canadian series Sensitive Skin, and played the US president in Modus. She's set to star in the upcoming Fox show Filthy Rich.
What is Kim Cattrall's net worth?
Cattrall's net worth, sitting at around US$60 million (approx. $78 million), is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
She was apparently paid US$350,000 (approx. $454,000) per episode of SATC, then got US$7 million (approx. $9 million) and US$10 million (approx. $13 million) for the first and second film respectively.
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