More than a few Sex and the City fans were disappointed with the show's happy-ever-after ending for character Carrie Bradshaw, claiming it went against the grain of the groundbreaking series – and even the creator recently admitted he felt marrying her off “betrayed” the core values.
Now the show's star Sarah Jessica Parker has defended the storyline, saying, “I don’t think of it as someone diminishing herself”.
Darren Star, the writer-creator, last month said he felt that Carrie heading off into the sunset with on-off love Big (as well as all the other female characters finding love) “ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage. Not that they can’t.
“But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That’s what had made women so attached. At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy”.
Speaking to Yahoo! Style, Parker said the ending was right for her character.
“As I recall, the way Carrie and Big married was something she wanted rather than a feeling that life was slipping away and she best settle quickly,” she explained. “I don’t think of it as someone diminishing herself by letting a man marry her – it always felt that she had arrived at that on her own.
“But the beauty is we can all have lots and lots of opinions about lots of choices Carrie made that we object to or that we stand by. If that’s Darren’s feeling, I think it’s interesting!”
Parker also discussed social media in the interview, describing herself as “embarrassed” to pose for selfies on her Instagram account, and revealed her tactic for dealing with the often sexist world of online commenting – killing trolls with kindness.
“I came late to social media in general, so I was very thoughtful about how I wanted to use it because there are countless examples and ways that are far too mercenary and awful and vulgar. I could never post a selfie. I’m embarrassed to even do a selfie with a nice person on the street,” she told the website.
“People have said unfriendly or vulgar things, and we have had civilized conversations about it! […] I can’t bear when women use bad language on my page, and I don’t enjoy wagging my finger and I don’t relish a stern conversation but I’m not afraid to say to somebody, ‘Can you tell me what you mean? Can you tell me what is making you so angry? I’m sorry I disappointed you.’ It’s immediately disarming and they are like, ‘I’m sorry!’ That’s the secret.”
Read the full interview on uk.style.yahoo.com
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