Sex and the City actor Sarah Jessica Parker worked with an “inappropriate” male co-star, but didn’t want to talk about it until now.
Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to sexist headlines about her, especially when it comes to reporting on her marriage with Matthew Broderick and friendship with Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall. This perhaps helps to explain why the actor has remained silent on the #MeToo movement, until now.
Parker has opened up about an unidentified male actor she previously worked with who behaved “inappropriately” and had to be given a warning from her agent. She revealed this while discussing her reasons for not speaking out about it earlier during the #MeToo movement.
“I think no matter how evolved or how modern I thought I was, I didn’t feel entirely in a position — no matter what my role was on set, I didn’t feel as powerful as the man who was behaving inappropriately” she said during an interview with NPR’s Fresh Air.
“Which strikes me as just stunning to say out loud, because there were plenty of occasions where it was happening and I was in a different position and I was as powerful.”
She continued: “I did go to my agent — because I felt I was no longer able to convey how uncomfortable this was making me, how inappropriate it was. Within hours everything had changed.”
Referring to the unidentified actor, Parker added: “He [the agent] said to them, ‘If this continues, I have sent her a ticket, a one-way ticket out of this city’ — where I was shooting — ‘and she will not be returning.’”
Explaining why she has only decided to discuss the experience now, she said: “It really wasn’t, I would say, until about six or eight months ago that I started recognising countless experiences of men behaving poorly, inappropriately, and all the ways that I had made it possible to keep coming to work or to remain on set, or to simply… just push it down, push it away, find a little space for it and move on.
“[I] really just didn’t allow it to consume me. To be honest, I don’t know why I either wasn’t courageous or more destroyed by some of the things that I was privy to, that I was on the receiving end of.”
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