Kim Cattrall has revealed she was never asked to be part of the Sex And The City reboot series And Just Like That and found out about it via social media.
The British-born actress, 65, starred as Samantha Jones in the show’s original six series, which ran from 1998 to 2004, as well as two feature films released in 2008 and 2010.
Cattrall said the team didn’t reach out to her as she previously made her “feelings clear” that she would never reprise the character after turning down a script for a possible third film in 2017.
Cattrall told US outlet Variety, “I was never asked to be part of the reboot. I made my feelings clear after the possible third film, so I found out about it like everyone else – on social media.”
She said she hasn’t seen the new 10-episode series, which will see Sarah Jessica Parker return as New York columnist Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes and Kristin Davis as Charlotte York.
Reflecting on why she closed the door to play Samantha, she said, “There is great wisdom in knowing when enough is enough.
“I also didn’t want to compromise on what the show means to me. The way forward seemed clear.”
Despite Cattrall’s physical absence, the reboot series included her character through text messages sent to Carrie to explain why she was no longer part of the famous quartet.
The show featured a breakup of a friendship after Samantha was apparently dropped as Carrie’s publicist, prompting Samantha to move to London.
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For years there have been reports of a real-life rift between Cattrall and Parker, with some concluding that it influenced their departure.
Speaking of her relationship with her Sex And The City co-stars, Cattrall said, “I think we were colleagues. My colleagues are not my friends. It was professional.”
She admitted she found it “strange” that she was still mentioned in the latest storyline, but said it was a “really wonderful feeling” to know that fans wanted more from her.
The actress added, “It feels powerful that I left behind something that I’m so proud of. I loved her. i loved her so much
“It’s tough competition. The original show is in all our imaginations. But to me it feels clean.”
She added that parts of her character, loved by millions of fans for her sex-positive and ambitious attitude, stick with her and she feels “ultimately protective of her.”
Samantha had been written into the script for the potential third film, which would have seen her receive unwanted images of Brady, Miranda’s 14-year-old son.
Describing the idea as “heartbreaking,” Cattrall said a storyline about having to sell her PR firm due to financial problems would have been better since it was an actual conflict.
She added, “I would have preferred that we all had some sort of event to justify a third film. That didn’t happen.
“But I was also ready. And that’s exactly what I wanted: to be in different places and play different characters because I’m a character actress.
“And as difficult as it was and as scary as it is to get up and not be bullied by the press or the fans or whoever – to just say I’m fine. I’m on this route. It was so great working with you. I enjoyed it so much, but I’m here.”
Cattrall has since starred in the new television series How I Met Your Father, as well as a reboot of the 1999 series Queer As Folk.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/kim-cattrall-reveals-her-thoughts-on-sex-and-the-city-reboot-and-co-stars-41615337.html Kim Cattrall shares her thoughts on the Sex And The City reboot and co-stars