Tough to be green

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By BOON CHAN

ac­tress Kristin davis says she is un­com­fort­able with the con­sumerist cul­ture.

AMER­I­CAN ac­tress Kristin Davis is best known as the ever-hope­ful Char­lotte York on Sex And The City, the pop­u­lar TV show that cel­e­brated fe­male friend­ships, fab­u­lous clothes and won­der­ful shoes.

But Davis, 46, is not ex­actly com­fort­able with a con­sumerist cul­ture.

In Sin­ga­pore to speak at the Conde Nast Trav­eler World Savers Congress 2011 re­cently, she tells del­e­gates “it’s tough, it’s chal­leng­ing” to em­brace green and re­spon­si­ble liv­ing in such an environment.

She is in Sin­ga­pore in her ca­pac­ity as the pa­tron of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an or­gan­i­sa­tion in Kenya ded­i­cated to rein­tro­duc­ing or­phaned ele­phants and rhinoceroses back into the wild, and as the global am­bas­sador for Ox­fam, an in­ter­na­tional con­fed­er­a­tion tack­ling poverty around the world.

Davis says: “I some­times have to catch my­self. You see a new car and you think ‘Wow, I could get that car, but why do I need a new car, I don’t need a new car.’ It’s an on­go­ing kind of chal­lenge to not suc­cumb to those pres­sures.”

Yet, Sex And The City, es­pe­cially the movie se­quels, has been crit­i­cised by some for glo­ri­fy­ing consumer cul­ture.

Speak­ing af­ter her speech, Davis, wear­ing a Prada navy blue dress and Chris­tian Louboutin heels, pon­ders the irony.

Af­ter a short pause, she says: “You know, I could see that point. I think that Sex And The City is meant to be en­ter­tain­ment. We never said we were any­thing but en­ter­tain­ment. I feel like be­cause we were so suc­cess­ful, peo­ple pro­jected a lot onto us.”

She makes a dis­tinc­tion be­tween en­ter­tain­ment and real life, say­ing: “It’s a tough thing to bal­ance when you’re mak­ing movies. Peo­ple want to go to the movie the­atre and es­cape and I don’t think you can kind of shove mes­sages down their throat.”

Re­gard­less how one might feel about the show, there was no ques­tion that it was a big hit and Davis is still very much as­so­ci­ated with it.

She says: “Yes! I got called Char­lotte last night by a flight at­ten­dant on Sin­ga­pore Air­lines. She called me ‘Miss Char­lotte’. It was very cute, very very cute. I don’t mind at all.”

It also means that she will al­ways get asked ques­tions about how the four women on the show, in­clud­ing Sarah Jes­sica Parker, Cyn­thia Nixon and Kim Cat­trall, get along.

Sound­ing a lit­tle ex­as­per­ated, she says: “It’s amaz­ing, 15 years I’ve been an­swer­ing this ques­tion. The re­la­tion­ship is re­ally good, I’ve heard from all three of them in the last week. No one ever be­lieves us when we say it. It’s weird, I don’t know how to change that.”

In an in­stance of life mir­ror­ing art, Davis, who is sin­gle, re­cently adopted a baby girl. Her char­ac­ter Char­lotte had done the same thing on the show.

It had been con­veyed be­fore the in­ter­view that she would be keep­ing mum on her per­sonal life.

Still, asked if be­ing a mother had made her more con­cerned about what was hap­pen­ing to the world, she says: “Ab­so­lutely, we need to think about what kind of world we are leav­ing be­hind to our chil­dren. Is it go­ing to be a world of cranes and tall build­ings ev­ery­where? That’s hor­ri­ble. Is it go­ing to be a world where there’re no an­i­mals liv­ing in the wild, only liv­ing in zoos? This could hap­pen.”

On her pas­sion for work­ing with an­i­mals, she says: “I def­i­nitely think that I would like to move to Kenya and look af­ter ele­phants, I re­ally would some­times, but we’ll see.

“I love act­ing but when you’ve fo­cused on some­thing your en­tire life, some­times it is nice to have this to­tally dif­fer­ent thing to bal­ance it out, it keeps me kind of sane.” – The Straits Times/asia News Net­work

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