Kim Cattrall Says She Was Once Discouraged by the Lack of Roles for Women in their 50s: ‘The Scripts Were Cut in Half’
"I felt things slipping away," says Kim Cattrall of her acting struggle post Sex and the City
"It was such a special time," Cattrall, 64, who starred on the series from 1998-2004, as well as its two spinoff movies, tells PEOPLE. "There was an innocence to it — though it didn't feel innocent while it was happening. To have that kind of timing for women honestly discussing subject matter near and dear to my heart, we needed that."
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Cattrall's role as Samantha, a seductive and outspoken publicist, also afforded her the opportunity to speak up about issues that had been taboo when she was a child.
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"Growing up, I was left with clinical knowledge about sex," says Cattrall. "But then I found myself in a position where I had a platform, playing a character who personified sexual appetite. I thought this is a really interesting time to talk about this." Cattrall authored two books on sex and intimacy "because I had the opportunity to talk in a very frank way," she says.
Continues Cattrall: "That's the great thing about being involved in a hit like Sex and the City. It's of its time, and it was part of the zeitgeist. I do feel proud."
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Still, the actress, who publicly said she wasn't interested in a third Sex and the City film, doesn't plan to revisit her beloved character onscreen.
"If Samantha came on now — and I've seen characters who emulate some of her qualities — it doesn't seem as fresh as it did back then," says Cattrall. "Times have changed. And it will never be like the first time. But that's okay!"