Published December 18, 2005
NEW YORK – After six seasons as Carrie Bradshaw, columnist to the coital, on the HBO's "Sex and the City," actress Sarah Jessica Parker is giving her movie career -- which includes roles in 1994's "Ed Wood" and 1991's "L.A. Story" -- another shot.
In "The Family Stone," which opens this weekend, Parker plays Meredith Morton, a high-powered New Yorker who makes a holiday trip to New England with her boyfriend (Dermot Mulroney), only to quickly make enemies with his disapproving family (including Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson and Craig T. Nelson).
The Post sat with the 40-year-old Parker -- hardworking actress, wife of Matthew Broderick and mom of little tyke James -- to talk about her suddenly "Sex"-less life.
How does it feel to be back on set?
SJP: I was kind of worried that I might never feel so fondly about a group of people again, and that was the hardest part about not being on the show.
How hard was it to find a new project?
SJP: I've been very specific about what I chose.
Was Carrie Bradshaw anything like other characters you've played?
SJP: She's a far less chaste person than the person I'm playing now, and, you know, we're shooting in New Orleans -- so it's a lot about the skin. She's a woman, but not in the way that Carrie Bradshaw was -- straddling both worlds as woman and girl.
So will there be a "Sex and the City" movie?
SJP: Not that I'm aware of, no.
When you decided to end the show, was there any animosity?
SJP: Um, you know, honestly, I didn't talk about it specifically with each girl, because I didn't think it was my business to do so. I heard about it later on, but that's always suspect anyway.
What are the problems between your character and the Family Stone?
SJP: What are the problems? They don't like me.
SJP: You would have to ask them, because I can't see it from this point of view! I just think that they don't find me -- they don't relate to the person that she is. It's quite simple, I mean, I think that they think she's controlling.
She doesn't understand why they don't like her?
SJP: No, I think she does. I mean, she's really bright and doesn't have the tools to communicate how complicated what has transpired is becoming. It's a very painful situation.
What was it like working with Diane Keaton?
SJP: Oh, we literally talk about everything. She loves to talk about everything from politics to real estate to schools for children to neighborhoods that are changing. She's just completely open and a completely accessible person.
After "Annie Hall," Diane became an icon for N.Y.C. women. Is she a fan of "Sex and the City"?
SJP: I don't know that she's ever watched the show. You know, we haven't talked about the show specifically. She certainly knows that I was on it.
After shooting in New York for seven years, was it difficult going back to L.A. to film?
SJP: It was at first, but like I said, really, the surprising thing is that you can be happy somewhere else. I mean, that is -- I've been telling everybody -- that's like the biggest revelation of all. And I'm not qualifying either; I'm saying an unadulterated affection for people is possible outside the familiar.