Update, 9/7: After it was revealed that Sarah Jessica Parker wasn't originally 100% on board with playing Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw, the actress admits she hardly remembers her first moments as the fashion-forward protagonist.
"I shot [the pilot episode] and honest to God truth, I completely forgot about it," she explains in a new video for AOL's "Makers" series. "I know no one will believe it. I forgot about it. I'm walking down the street one day and I run into this woman and she's a big fancy executive at a big movie studio. And she says to me, 'Oh My God, I just saw your pilot, Sex and the City.' And I said to her, 'What? What are you talking about?'"
Watch the interview below:
Original story, 8/25:Sarah Jessica Parker almost didn't slip into those iconic Manolos as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. In fact, she tried her best to get out of it, according to a new interview.
Actor Seth Rudetsky talked to Parker for his Playbill column while the two were performing in Provincetown, Massachusetts, along with Matthew Broderick. Parker got her start on Broadway, and then became a household name in the 1980s sitcom Square Pegs. So when it came time to do another television show, Parker wanted to run far away.
Apparently, Parker was originally unsure about filming the pilot for Sex and the City because she didn't want to be tied down to a TV series. But she liked the script, filmed the pilot, and promptly forgot it existed until the show got picked up by HBO. According to Rudetsky:
"Months later she found out the show was picked up and she completely wanted to get out of it. I mean, completely. She really didn't want to be tied down to one job because she loved going from gig to gig and being, what she called, a 'journeyman.' She tried various ways to get out of it including telling HBO that she would film three projects for free if they'd release her from her contract!"
Of course, that didn't happen, and that's a good thing. She now looks back fondly on the show, and naturally doesn't regret taking the part. She also hinted at a new project with the Sex and the City costars, but we've heard that one for a while now. Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of Carrie.