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“I’ve never fought with someone publicly in my life, nor would I,” Parker insists, even though her former co-star has taken clear shots at her in public.
The media has been stoking the flames of a feud between "Sex and the City" co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall for quite awhile now, and Parker wants to make it perfectly clear "there is no catfight."
In fact, she had quite a bit to say about how much nothing there is to see during an interview with Vulture to promote her new film "Blue Night." In her defense, they did bring it up first, but clearly Parker has thought a lot about the growing perception that there is some kind of rift between the ladies of "SATC" — which came to light after Cattrall made it clear she has absolutely no interest in making a third movie — and what that could do to the legacy of the series.
"I’d just like to remind everybody that there is no catfight," the "Divorce" star said. "I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it. I’ve always held Kim’s work in high regard and always appreciative of her contributions. If she chooses not to do the third movie, there’s not a lot I can do to change her mind and we must respect it. That’s the only thing I’ve ever said about it, you know?"
It seems that talking about Cattrall and the aborted "Sex and the City 3" film are just going to keep dogging Parker and her fellow "SATC" alums year after year after year, so her frustration in having to talk about it and try to clarify things yet again is understandable.
Nevertheless, Parker persisted and continued to try and change the narrative. "There is no catfight, there never has been a catfight. I’ve never fought with someone publicly in my life, nor would I," she insisted. "People need to recall that it wasn’t just two women on the set fighting because that just never happened. …We spent 10, 12 years of our life doing something that I really loved and I feel privileged to be part of and I don’t want this to eclipse it or change its experience for that audience that was so good to us for so long."
While she hopes that the cloud of infighting within the cast doesn’t tarnish fans’ memories of the television series and two films that have come, Parker isn’t completely giving up on the possibility of a third film. "The three of us have shared our disappointment that we’re not making that movie, not just on our behalf but our crew, but also just the people that have been vocal about wanting to see it," she said. "Whether we choose to revisit it at another time and reimagine that story; that’s something [executive producer] Michael [Patrick King] and I just haven’t talked about yet. That doesn’t mean we won’t, but we haven’t at this time."
According to some sources, the beef between Parker and Cattrall dates all the way back to 2004 when "Sex and the City" first wrapped. Cattrall said in a radio interview at the time, as reported by Digital Spy, that she had decided it was time for pay parity on the show. "When they didn’t seem keen on that, I thought it was time to move on," she said.
In more recent years, Cattrall has cited wanting to move on with her career as her reason for not wanting to do "SATC3," but she also threw some shade at Parker in an appearance on Howard Stern, as reported by The Cut. "This is really where I take to task the people from ‘Sex and the City’ and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer," she said. "I really think she could have been nicer. I don’t know what her issue is, I never have."
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Parker alluded to the troubles with Cattrall over "SATC3," but even then she kept things somewhat civil and vague, saying that Cattrall’s attacks were both false and "enormously painful" in an interview with The Daily Beast back in January.
Cattrall’s comments reached a peak of nastiness after Parker sent her condolences in late 2017 after the passing of Cattrall’s brother. Cattrall shot back via Instagram, "I don’t need your love or support at this tragic time." She went on to add, "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. 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."
Parker may think there is "no catfight," but it certainly at times seems like the other party didn’t get that memo.
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