Speculation over Sarah Jessica Parker’s relationship with Kim Cattrall has been bubbling up for years, with the latter having last played her Sex And The City character Samantha in the 2010 sequel film.
The chatter continued when the reboot series And Just Like That premiered in December, with Kim’s Samantha notably absent as Carrie (Sarah), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) reunited.
Last month, Kim, 65, spoke out on the revival show, saying that she found it ‘odd’ that Samantha’s storyline was continued in her absence.
In a new interview, Sarah, 57, finally addressed her rift with her former co-star, saying that it was ‘very hard to talk about the situation with Kim’.
However, she added that she wanted ‘to kind of run through how it happened’ to stress that it wasn’t a two-way ‘catfight’, but rather ‘there has been one person talking’.
Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Sarah claimed that discussions over a third Sex And The City film ‘fell apart’ after demands Kim made of Warner Bros – despite it previously being claimed that Kim turned down the script for a third movie.
Sarah recollected: ‘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. Were we disappointed? Sure. But it happens.’
The actor said that there were ‘a lot of public conversations’ concerning how Kim ‘felt about the show’, which she said she found ‘very painful’ because they didn’t reflect ‘our experience’, referencing her co-stars Cynthia and Kristin.
The actor explained that they didn’t ask Kim to be involved in 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, and so it didn’t occur to us’.
She also commended the series’ showrunner Michael Patrick King on how he handled the narrative with Samantha, saying that in her view, it was done ‘beautifully’.
The Carrie Bradshaw actor concluded by stressing that her feud with Kim is not a ‘catfight’, asserting that she has ‘never uttered fighting words in my life about anybody that I’ve worked with’.
‘I just wish that they would stop calling this a “catfight” or an “argument”, because it doesn’t reflect [reality]. There has been one person talking,’ she stated.