50 Surprising Things You Never Knew About 'Sex and the City'

SJP almost wasn't Carrie Bradshaw. 😱

I couldn't help but wonder, will we ever get tired of Carrie Bradshaw? With Sex and the City 3 rumors swirling around longer than the list of men Samantha slept with, we decided to honor our nostalgic selves and tap into a behind-the-scenes investigation of the iconic show. From nudity clauses to rumored feuds, ahead 50 surprising tidbits you never knew about Sex and the City.

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Sarah Jessica Parker had a no-nudity clause.

In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, SJP explains her decision not to film any naked scenes throughout the show's six-season run: "I've always had one, and it's apropos of absolutely nothing. Some people have a perks list and they are legendary. They have to have white candles in their room. I don't have a crazy list like that. I've just always had [a no-nudity clause]."

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Candace Bushnell's storylines were often embellished.

The show is based off of author Candace Bushnell's life in a collection of essays published as Sex and the City. However, Bushnell admits the show often embellished her storylines

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Creator Darren Star got a pretty solid deal on Bushnell's columns.

Bushnell wrote a sex column for The New York Observer back in the '90s, which was characterized as the fictional New York Star in the show. Star got away with only paying Bushnell $60,000 for the rights to her columns.

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Bushnell admits Carrie and Big wouldn't have ended up together in real life.

In a recent interview with The GuardianBushnell admits, "Viewers got so invested in the storyline of Carrie and Big that it became a bit like Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. They had become an iconic couple and women really related to it; they would say 'I found my Mr Big' or 'I just broke up with my Mr Big.' It became part of the lexicon," she explains. "And when people are making a TV show, it's show business, not show art, so at that point it was for the audience and we weren't thinking about what the impact would be 10 years later."

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There actually is a real-life Mr. Big.

His name is Ron Galotti, and he's a big-time magazine publisher who inspired Bushnell's columns. 

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Carrie was supposed to be brunette.

But producers changed their mind last minute because Bushnell is blonde.

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Parker wore heels for up to 18(!) hours while filming.

Talk about commitment

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SJP was hesitant to play Carrie Bradshaw.

Parker revealed her agent had to convince her to play Carrie Bradshaw after her concerns about her no-nudity clause and other factors. Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce star Lisa Edelstein would have been the second choice if Parker officially turned it down. 

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John Corbett AKA Aidan secretly knew Carrie would end up with Big.

"I always knew how it was going to end, and it made sense to me because New York is a fifth character in this show," he confessed"And Carrie needed to end up with New York. Mr. Big is New York. And it always made sense to me."

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The cast wanted more diversity.

It took a long time for Sex and the City to introduce a non-white love interest on the show. Back in 2003, Nixon admits her and Parker were the biggest advocates of wanting to improve the cast's diversity, stating it's "irresponsible." Nixon explains, "I'm a huge fan of the show, but if we had an area in which we really could use improvement, it's certainly this one."

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Kim Cattrall didn't originally want to play Samantha.

She turned down the role twice before being persuaded to take it. 

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Carrie's infamous tutu came from a bargain bin.

It only cost $5. 

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There's an alternative opening credits hidden somewhere.

SATC creator Darren Star revealed to MTV that "sitting in the vault somewhere, there is an alternate opening-credit sequence where Sarah is wearing a blue dress. And she doesn't get splashed by the bus, but instead she trips when she sees the bus."

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Matthew McConaughey was the fourth choice for that infamous cameo.

Matthew McConaughey's role in the season 3 episode "Escape From New York" was originally written for Alec Baldwin. After Baldwin turned it down, it was then offered to George Clooney. After Clooney turned it down, it was then offered to Warren Beatty, who also rejected it. Only then was it offered to Matthew McConaughey.

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The cocktails were fake.

SJP admits the cosmos never had any alcohol in them. Instead, they had water, food coloring, or cranberry juice. However, the brunch food was ~definitely~ real.  

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The show switched their filming technique before airing the pilot.

Executive producer Amy B. Harris subtly reveals that in the original SATC script, the characters looked into the camera and talked straight to the viewers. It's unclear why they decided to drop this route, but we couldn't imagine it any other way. 

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There's huge significance behind this taxi cab scene.

It was creator Darren Star's favorite and one of the most significant in setting the tone for the series. Dubbed the "up the butt" scene, in episode four of the first season Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha talk about the pros and cons of having anal sex. "When I went to talk to Chris Albrecht [then president of HBO programming] about what we were doing, I mentioned this scene—and for me it was like a litmus [test] of how he was going to react and what their attitude would be toward the show," Star told Entertainment Tonight

"I thought, 'OK, I'm going to tell him the scene where Charlotte meets a guy who wants her to have anal sex and she freaks out and talks to her friends about it and either he's going to think it's really funny or throw me out of the room.'" 

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Andy Cohen and SJP are great friends IRL.

You may have glazed past the shoe salesman in the "All That Glitters" episode. If you take a closer look, it's none other than Andy Cohen, who made a cameo appearance back in the fourth season. SJP and the star of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live have been great friends ever since—even accompanying each other to The Met Gala throughout the years. 

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The last episode of the series wrapped up filming four days before it aired.

Talk about cutting it close. 

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Vivienne Westwood designed Carrie's wedding dress in the first movie.

And also wrote the handwritten note shown in the film. 

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The same actor plays Brady in the show and the film.

The red-haired boy who plays Brady (Joseph Pupo) in the film is the same actor who played baby Brady in the TV series.  

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Storylines were often based off the writers' real lives.

That breakup via Post-it note? Totally based off of a true story from one of the show's writers. 

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It took five people to help SJP walk in her iconic season six Versace gown.

It was "the dress we had absolutely no reason to use," according to Parker.

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All of the women's addresses are fake.

Carrie's address is 245 East 73rd Street, Samantha's is 300 Gansevoort Street, Charlotte's is 700 Park Avenue, and Miranda's is 331 West 78th Street. None of these addresses exist in real life.

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But you can take a tour of all of the real locations shot during filming.

Available daily in NYC, the guided Sex and the City Hotspots Tour gives you a peek at over 40 locations from the show. 

BOOK IT: onlocationtours.com

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The show wasn't about empowerment.

SATC has always been controversial though SJP admits the show was never truly about empowerment—it was about love. "I don't think that empowerment was a word that was ever used once on our set, in a writer's room, among the female actors," Parker told Variety

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The producers randomly picked a name for Mr. Big when writing the finale.

When Big's name was revealed in the show's finale, everyone wondered where the producers came up with the name "John." However, executive producer Michael Patrick King revealed it was totally on the whim when writing the finale. "It was just one of those things where it's like, 'Oh, it's happening right now' and you didn't plan it," he told Entertainment Weekly."I just went, 'John,' while pretending to type on a keyboard. 'I told all the writers and they were like, What the hell? And I was like, 'Yeah, we have to say his name, because now he's real.'"

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Victoria Beckham ~almost~ made a cameo in the first film.

But she had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Spice Girls tour rehearsals.

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However, Ginger Spice did make an appearance in the show.

Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice plays Phoebe, whom Samantha runs into on the street in season 6, episode 10 titled, "Boy, Interrupted." They talk about Soho House, where Victoria and David Beckham were actually inside while the scene was being filmed. 

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It was the first cable series to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Series.

Sex and the City won seven of its 54 Emmy Award nominations, eight of its 24 Golden Globe Award nominations, and three of its 11 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in addition to awards in directing, producing, costumes, and more. 

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