Sarah Jessica Parker has been holding forth on some Sex and the City-related topics, and revealed a rather interesting theory she has about the TV show.
In among chat about her relationship with her co-stars and her new show, Divorce, Parker, who was a guest on Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast, let slip that it could be possible her character Carrie didn’t really have any friends at all – she simply made them up for her newspaper column.
Revealing, “I used to wonder if Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda were real,” SJP describes the trio as “such perfectly archetypal characters” that they could be “made up”.
“So you're writing a column about sexual politics […] and then you just complicate it more like any good writer does. So, I'm not entirely sure they're actually real.
“I think they're invented types, and that she is among them because that's her way of infiltrating story, and affecting story, too.”
She adds: “We don't know if any of that stuff that happened is real. She's just writing it. She just writes a column week to week, right? Then we illustrate it for the audience […] what we are seeing isn't necessarily what happened in New York City, to real people that they were bumping into.
“That's just a very well-embroidered story.”
Well, it’s perhaps a step away from the dark Friends fan theory that the entire 10 series came from the imagination of a homeless, drug-addled Phoebe staring through the window of Central Perk, but shocking nonetheless.
Candace Bushnell famously wrote the newspaper columns that were collated into a book on which the series were based, and though she wrote about her own life, she used the character of Carrie as a type of alter ego.
Given we see the SATC world filtered through Carrie’s POV on the show, it all depends on how reliable a narrator you think her to be.
The actor also discusses the fame that came with the hugely popular show and how she felt about her character.
“I loved her. The more I played her the more I understood her, the more I could learn lines easily because I knew what she would say. But I never connected with her. I just loved her.”
She added of enjoying the part: “Someone basically saying you are under contract to behave poorly: to kiss all those men; smoke a lot; run around in clothing you would never have the courage to wear in your own life, you know; make mistakes, but make big, grand, sweeping mistakes.”
Parker goes on to address her friendships with co-stars Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis, saying that working so closely for so long was a unique relationship:
“Much more even complicated than sisters. It’s a completely other sort of man-made thing. It’s like a lake that gets poured then the lake starts growing its own things. So we were a man-made sorority that were allegedly very reliant on each other, like that’s our story right, these were four women who were good friends, honour-bound friends, loved each other.
“So then at a point, you love them. And you don’t always like them, but you always love them, you feel protective of what other people think about it and say about it. It’s a really long and big experience. I think for the most part everyone handled it well, in their own way.”
And speaking of the attention the show received, she said filming on location became more and more difficult, saying: “It didn’t mess with me, but it was hard to concentrate, like you’d be on the set […] you constantly have just [makes shutter noises] paparazzi, hundreds of frickin’ paparazzi right at the lense, because there’s no laws.
“So the lense you’re meant to be walking toward often, as Cassie does, on either side is surrounded by paparazzi… sometimes you’d say like please guys, can you just not shoot, cos we’re doing this scene where I’m screaming at Big or tears are streaming down, you know what I mean?”
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