The cast of Sex And The City were more friendly and supportive of one another than women on TV today, the show's lead Sarah Jessica Parker has claimed, in a discussion about Carrie Bradshaw and co.
In an interview published in the April edition of Harper's Bazaar, 48-year-old Parker said the hit HBO show was filmed during "a more innocent time" in pop culture and that women today, especially in reality TV, are "pretty unfriendly towards one another."
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"She was a really good friend," said Parker of her alter ego Carrie Bradshaw. "That’s why they can forgive those very apparent flaws and selfishnesses. She was a deeply devoted friend, and I think women really respond to that kind of connection.
"I think we all want it, we all work towards having it, and we’re not always the very best friends we can be… It’s kind of surprising to say, but in a way [Sex and the City] was a more innocent time. I think so much reality television – and the women that dominate culture today – are pretty unfriendly towards one another.
"They use language that’s really objectionable and cruel and not supportive. I like to remember that Carrie and the other woman in Sex and the City were really nice to each other."
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The actress also revealed that she never read any of the endless column inches she has generated.
"I don’t read anything. I don’t Google myself. Good God, no!" she said. "I have absolutely no constitution for that. I’m curious about everything, except what people have to say about me. It’s the random cruelty I really don’t understand. It’s not good for us. I don’t know, you know, how we go back in time to a better place."
Sarah Jessica Parker at the launch of her shoe collection, in a Valentino gown and SJP Collection shoes
Parker's comments came as she attended the launch of her SJP pop-up shoe collection at Nordstrom in New York City last night. It's a seamless transition for someone who exactly captured women's love affair with shoes on-screen. As Carrie Bradshaw famously declared: "I've spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live."
SJP Collection shoes
"I won't sell a shoe to someone that isn't well-made or timeless," said Parker, in her role as shoe designer. "I feel honour-bound to a large group of women. I am aware that I would not have this opportunity if it were not for the commitment those women made to me over the years. I have no interest in selling them a bill of goods or convincing them to buy something I would not wear myself."
The line is available from February 28 at Nordstrom.com and in select stores.
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