Kim Cattrall Is Not 'Childless,' TYVM... But She Is 'Romantically Retired'

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Kim Cattrall (Getty Images)
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Kim Cattrall never had a child of her own, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have plenty of maternal instinct. As a guest host of BBC's Women's Hour, Cattrall talked about her disdain for the term "childless."

"I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent," she said. "I have young actors and actresses that I mentor, I have nieces and nephews that I am very close to. It's the 'less' that is offensive. Childless: it sounds like you're less because you haven't had a child."

The 59-year-old said that not having children wasn't exactly a conscious choice, but she has no regrets about the way things worked.

"I think for a lot of women from my generation it wasn't a conscious choice," she said. "It was a feeling of, Well, I'm on this road and things are going really well, I'm really happy, I'll do it next year, I'll do it two years, I'll do it in five years."

Cattrall implied that she'd looked into getting pregnant in her early 40s (she'd have been married to her third husband Mark Levinson at the time), but decided against all the medical treatments it would have taken. "I just thought, I don't know if I want it that much."

While Cattrall feels completely satisfied both mentoring young actors and helping her niece and nephew through difficult times, romantically she calls herself retired: "I feel in that area, romantically, retired."

"It's hard for everybody. To be single at this age is really difficult, because you know so much more about what you want and what you don't want and what you'll put up with and you've been there and done that so many times at this point," Cattrall, most famous as Sex and the City's resident maneater Samantha Jones, said. "I have anyway."

And, anyway, she goes for it.

She sounds pretty good at this, so let Kim Cattrall know if you're looking for a godmother to your child.