Sexy hit took its toll, says Cat­trall

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY -

KIM Cat­trall wishes she had en­joyed mak­ing Sex and the City a lit­tle bit more. The ac­tress played man-eat­ing busi­ness­woman Sa­man­tha Jones in the hugely suc­cess­ful US TV show and sub­se­quent movie spin-offs.

Hav­ing been in­volved for six sea­sons, Cat­trall ad­mits the ex­pe­ri­ence was all-con­sum­ing at times.

‘‘You al­ways wish that you’d had more of a sense of hu­mour about it,’’ she tells UK news­pa­per The Times.

‘‘That you’d en­joyed it a lit­tle bit more. We were al­ways feel­ing the pres­sure of the sched­ule; we shot two shows at the same time; 19-hour days most weeks.’’

Cat­trall starred in the show along­side Kristin Davis, Cyn­thia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker who was also a pro­ducer.

It was re­ported Cat­trall was un­happy with her con­tract and wanted the four ac­tresses to be on a more equal pay struc­ture – Parker earned more.

Cat­trall was even pre­pared for a film to go ahead with­out her rather than be paid less than an­other cast mem­ber, and al­though she was pitched against her costars she is happy she ne­go­ti­ated a bet­ter deal.

‘‘I think it’s be­cause of my age. I didn’t want to be on a set or a stage where I don’t feel val­ued, and I felt that we were be­ing un­der­val­ued,’’ she ex­plains.

The 56-year-old ac­tress has been fa­mously ro­manced by a string of men on the small screen and ad­mits her char­ac­ter’s rep­u­ta­tion for in­tim­i­dat­ing men still im­pacts her in real life.

‘‘Yes, some men are scared, but they are not men I am in­ter­ested in,’’ she smiles, be­fore re­veal­ing what she looks for in a man. ‘‘In­tel­li­gence. Sex starts in the brain.’’ Cat­trall has no plans to re­tire any time soon. She is cur­rently play­ing a fad­ing Hol­ly­wood star in a Lon­don theatre pro­duc­tion of Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ Sweet Bird of Youth.

Al­though the star has moved on from her Sex and the City role, she still shows some signs of Sa­man­tha’s straight-talk­ing at­ti­tude and doesn’t shy away from dis­cussing per­sonal mat­ters, such as menopause. ‘‘It’s like be­ing preg­nant,’’ she says. ‘‘The (as­sis­tant) di­rec­tor is preg­nant, so hor­mon­ally we are prob­a­bly very sim­i­lar. I for­get some­thing, have a menopausal mo­ment. Yes, things are chang­ing.’’

Sex and the City: Fri­days, var­i­ous times, Eleven; Satur­days and Sun­days, var­i­ous times, Arena.

Kim Cat­trall

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