Thursday 20 September 2018

'You'd look like you were generationally removed from reality' - Sarah Jessica Parker says Sex and the City could not be made now

City slickers: Miranda, Samantha, Charlotte and Carrie had a special bond despite flaws in their friendship
City slickers: Miranda, Samantha, Charlotte and Carrie had a special bond despite flaws in their friendship

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Sarah Jessica Parker says 'Sex and the City' couldn't be made now because it lacked "diversity".

The 53-year-old actress portrayed writer Carrie Bradshaw on the TV series and two HBO films - and also served as executive producer - but she thinks it would be "bizarre" remaking the show with four white women.

Sarah - who starred alongside Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbs) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte Yorke) told The Hollywood Reporter: "You couldn't make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen. I personally think it would feel bizarre."

The 'Failure to Launch' star also doesn't feel it would be possible to reboot the popular series with a new cast either as it wouldn't be the same.

She admitted: "I don't know that you could do it with a different cast. I think that's radical and interesting, but you can't pretend it's the same."

However, Sarah thinks it would be "worthwhile" looking into a totally new show based on four "diverse" females.

She said: "It wouldn't be a reboot as I understand it. If you came back and did six episodes, you'd have to acknowledge the city is not hospitable to those same ideas. You'd look like you were generationally removed from reality, but it would be certainly interesting to see four diverse women experiencing NYC their way ... It would be interesting and very worthwhile exploring, but it couldn't be the same."

Sarah previously said she is curious to know what her journalist alter ego take on New York would be now, in the wake of the rise of the MeToo movement and the Time's Up initiative, admitting her character - who she played from 1998 to 2004 and in two spin-off movies in 2008 and 2010 - was very much a product of her time.

She said: "I think Carrie Bradshaw is very much a product of her generation and I think her conversations about sexual politics and intimacy spoke to the years. As always, those years prior to being a young adult inform your world view. I think that she would have a lot to say about this, and I would be curious to read [her] column if she could sit back and look at it. You know, this city has changed - that was 20 years ago this June - this city has changed an enormous amount politically and economically and socially and I think it would be a different show, honestly."

Read more: The joy of Sex and the City

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