The Carrie Diaries: EP Amy B. Harris Talks Crafting A Young Samantha & 'Gracious' Kim Cattrall
Amy B. Harris, Lindsey Gort as Samantha and AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie -- Getty Images
This Friday, Samantha Jones is coming to The CW's "The Carrie Diaries."
The bold character, first brought to life by Kim Cattrall in HBO's "Sex and The City," is getting an '80s makeover as Lindsey Gort steps into Samantha's early twenty something pumps.
Teenager Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb), who is trying to get over her heartbreak and spending her summer in New York City, will meet Sam in Friday's Season 2 premiere at 8/7c.
Executive Producer Amy B. Harris explained what fans can expect when the force of nature that is Samantha enters Carrie's life. She also revealed the support original "SATC" stars Kim and Sarah Jessica Parker gave the show's the young actresses.
AccessHollywood.com: What went into crafting the young Samantha?
Amy B. Harris: I knew Samantha was who I wanted to bring in for second season and I just started to try to think about who did I think she was and we had sort of this wonderful character, sort of Manhattanite in Larissa [played by Freeya Agyeman], who is obviously not from Manhattan and what I love about Manhattan... is very few people actually are from Manhattan. You sort of come to Mecca as opposed to being born there. ... I sort of started imagining Samantha as someone who had kind of come from nothing and had kind of crawled her way to this sophisticated kind of glamorous world in 'Sex and the City.'
I just sort of started flashing on like, 'OK, she's from the panhandle of Florida. She had a shi**y life with a mom in a trailer who would ditch her. ... What I loved in the series, 'Sex and the City,' what we did was, she didn't commit, but she celebrated that versus it being some sort of problem for her. What I liked is thinking, 'Why would someone not be that interested in committing long term or have struggles with the idea of that?' and I thought, 'Well, her mom was somebody who every time she got a boyfriend kind of ditched her daughter.' [So] you would be someone who thought, 'You need women who take care of you and... you can't choose men over yourself and other relationships.' So once I sort of started thinking about that as sort of her backstory, it really just started to kind of come very clear...
What I love about Samantha is she's very proud of how far she's come and she's not hiding her past at all. She's celebrating, like that's who she is and what she came from, and we'll start to kind of see that as the season goes on.
Access: Kim Cattrall was really sweet to Lindsey when she got cast. (Kim Tweeted the young actress, "So happy u're playing Fearless Sam... The key 2 her is her heart. She never judges those she loves. Have a blast! Kimx.)
Amy: I had my own sort of contact with Kim and she's been just so unbelievable gracious. I mean, she so holds dear the character of Samantha and has been so warm and kind to Lindsey. I think that really helped [Lindsey] feel confident... We literally cast her and the next day she was on a plane and the day after that she was shooting. ... She was obviously nervous and wanted to do a good a job, but to know that the person who played the part before her was encouraging her was wonderful and quite frankly Sarah Jessica [Parker] did the exact same thing for AnnaSophia and sent her a lovely note. They're very protective of those characters, but they've been incredibly generous and warm, even though I know sometimes it must feel strange for them to feel like, 'Wait. No. Those are our parts.'