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June 4, 2008

Sex and the City: The Gossip, the Glamour, the Truth!

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THE ULTIMATE EPISODE
In which Carrie lives her dream of being a model. Sort of ...

Willie Garson: It is the quintessential Sex and the City episode. Every guest star is a majorly famous person—Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, Ed Koch, Kevyn Aucoin, Heidi Klum . . . It was like an embarrassment of riches. Which kind of sums up the show.

Michael Patrick King (executive producer; writer/director/producer of the movie): When Carrie fell on the runway, that was a big, stylish moment. I loved the idea that she could humiliate herself in trying to be somebody who's bigger than her. You have these ideals—like Carrie's adulation of a model or Charlotte's adulation of a preppy doctor—that you can't fulfill.

Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw): The episode is sparkly, and it's silly, and it's funny, and it's sad for a moment, and it's triumphant.

Alan Cumming (Dolce & Gabbana's O): I based the character on lots of people I've met through the years. When my character said, "Me likey," that was in the script, so I can't take credit for that. The "Trot on" we just made up that day.

Margaret Cho (fashion show director Lynn Cameron): The character is a real person. I actually look like her. Except she doesn't swear so much.

THE GUYS
Big

Chris Noth: My character started out as an archetype—the perfect bachelor. He was a very suave, detached man, which I was never interested in playing. I used to argue with Darren about it. The show was so funny all around me, and I didn't want to be the straight man. I would say, "I don't want to be a symbol for what a girl needs. I want to goof around." And finally, I got to. They started to have more fun with me, like when Big put the whoopee cushion under Carrie's chair. Or when he gave her the ugly purse.

Candace Bushnell (original SATC columnist): The first two seasons of the show followed the real-life story of me and my Mr. Big. But the real Mr. Big got married, is still married, and now has a child. So at the end of the second season, when Carrie's Big marries somebody else, I thought, that's the end. And then they said, "No, we're making another season!"

Aidan Shaw/John Corbett

Sarah Jessica Parker: Aidan was only supposed to be there for a few episodes. But John Corbett was just so good and so different and so present on camera, it threw us for a loop.


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