Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has taken on a new role, and her character is just as empowering as Samantha Jones — but in a very different way.
Even Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbs, said the show would look a lot different – with a much more diverse cast - if it was made today.
But Samantha Jones, played by Kim Cattrall, was undeniably a feminist trail blazer. She threw an “I don’t own a baby shower”, she called out sexism in the workplace, and she very rightly delivered the line, “I will wear whatever and blow whomever I want as long as I can breathe—and kneel”.
So, we’re delighted to hear that Cattrall has said her new character in Filthy Rich has a lot in common in Samantha.
Cattrall is both producing and starring in Fox’s new drama series, Filthy Rich. She plays Margaret Monreaux, who is the wealthy matriarch behind a Christian TV network. The story will follow Margaret as she deals with her husband’s death after a plane crash, which leaves her taking charge of the family business. She soon discovers that her husband has illegitimate children who come looking for a slice of the will…
Describing the similarities between Margaret and Samantha, Cattrall told E! News: “They have a couple of things in common. They do what they need to do, no matter what anybody thinks.”
She also explained what attracts her to these types of roles, adding: “There’s a real strength there. And I want to continue to play very strong women who have something to say. I think there’s something to say to younger generations about how different it was when we were coming up, not just for my mother’s generation, but for me.
She continued: “And I think that’s a really good lesson to hear, because it didn’t come easy. It was difficult. And a lot of women had to armour up and become like men. You don’t have to do that anymore, fortunately, but the strength that she has and the fortitude to see and be objective about what she wants is truly inspired.”
Cattrall had previously spoken out about ageism and how Hollywood still keeps stereotypical views when it comes to older female characters.
“I’m not ready to play someone who is grotesque, either from being thought as a very, very older woman at 60 – which I’m not and I don’t feel that way!” she told Victoria Derbyshire on her morning show.
“60 now is different to my mother’s 60 and I’ve had the advantage of working out and educating myself further and working on so many things that have challenged me mentally and physically,” she continued.
“They have demanded me to be much more youthful… and I’m not ready for that.”
She went on to reveal that she no longer feels able to rely on agents to find intriguing, complex, and empowering characters for her to play. This also led to her decision to take on the producer role behind the camera.
It certainly looks like Cattrall has taken things into her own hands, and is redefining roles for older women in Hollywood. Samantha would be proud.
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