Sexy hit took its toll, says Cattrall
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.’’
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