Sarah Jessica Parker details 'painful' rift with 'Sex and the City' co-star Kim Cattrall
Sarah Jessica Parker is speaking her truth amid longstanding speculation of a feud between her and former "Sex and the City" co-star Kim Cattrall.
Parker, 57, said in a Thursday episode of The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast that the situation is one-sided.
"It’s very hard to talk about the situation with Kim because– I’ve been so careful about not ever wanting to say anything that is unpleasant, because it’s not the way I like to conduct conversations that are as complicated as this," she began.
Parker and Cattrall's relationship came into question again as she was not included in the "SATC" revival, "And Just Like That...," which detailed Cattrall's now London-based character Samantha having a falling out with Parker's Carrie Bradshaw, the revival explained in the premiere. Samantha and Carrie had a strained relationship but kept in touch via text messages and in the finale made plans to grab coffee when Parker's character was in Paris.
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Cattrall, 65, later told Variety in an interview published in May that she "was never asked to be part of the reboot."
She added: "I made my feelings clear after the possible third movie, so I found out about it like everyone else did — on social media."
In Parker's podcast interview, she confirmed Cattrall was not asked due to her comments about the teased third "SATC" movie.
Cattrall was rumored to have high contractual demands with Warner Bros. in 2017, which is when Parker believes their relationship "fell apart." "They didn’t feel comfortable meeting where she wanted to meet, and so we didn’t do the movie because we didn’t want to do it without Kim," Parker said.
“We did not ask her to be part of this ('And Just Like That…') because she made it clear that that wasn’t something she wanted to pursue, and it no longer felt comfortable for us," the actress and shoe designer said. "That’s not ‘slamming’ her, it’s just learning. You’ve got to listen to somebody, and if they’re publicly talking about something and it doesn’t suggest it’s some place they want to be, or a person they want to play, or an environment in which they want to be, you get to an age where you’re like, ‘Well, we hear that.'"
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Parker said she's found it "very painful" that Cattrall has said they had a bad relationship because that didn't reflect her experience.
"I’ve spent a lot of years working really hard to always be decent to everybody on the set, to take care of people, to be responsible to and for people, both my employers and the people that I feel I’m responsible for as a producer of the show," she continued. "And there just isn’t anyone else who’s ever talked about me this way."
The actress decried the idea that she is in a "catfight" with Cattrall.
"I’ve never uttered fighting words in my life about anybody that I’ve worked with — ever. There is not a ‘fight’ going on. There has been no public dispute or spat or conversations or allegations made by me or anybody on my behalf," she said.
"I just wish that they would stop calling this a ‘catfight’ or an ‘argument,’ because it doesn’t reflect (reality)," Parker said. "There has been one person talking.”
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When Cattrall's brother died in 2018, Parker sent condolences in a comment on Cattrall's Instagram post sharing the news. The "How I Met Your Father" star, however, followed up with an Instagram post that read, "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker."
"Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now," Cattrall wrote on Instagram. "Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."
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Cattrall finished the caption off with a link to a 2017 New York Post article about the HBO show's "SATC'"s "mean-girl culture."
In her May story with Variety, Cattrall also clarified that she never viewed her "SATC" co-stars as friends.
"I think we were colleagues. My colleagues aren’t my friends. It was professional."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sarah Jessica Parker says Kim Cattrall 'painful' feud is one-sided