What Convinced Sarah Jessica Parker to Join Sex and the City

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Turns out it took one very special line that lead to Parker taking the role

Sex and the City was more than a television series, it was a phenomenon. It’s been eighteen years since the show debut on HBO, and twelve years since the show went off the air, but fans still can’t get enough. Whether it’s watching reruns now airing in syndication, or showing up in droves to catch the films in theaters, fans seem to always want more of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.

But Sarah Jessica Parker almost didn’t take the role that made her a household name. According to a recent interview on The Howard Stern Show, Parker talks about her hesitation in committing to a TV series. “In my head it was just the same thing over and over again,” she said. “It felt like someone had put me in a straitjacket in theory.” Parker says she felt “panicked” about taking on the role as the single girl in the city in Sex and the City.


While Parker’s husband, brother and manager all attempted to convince her that Sex and the City was a good idea, it was ultimately the show’s script that convinced her there was something in the role.

Michelle McKinley is a journalist and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Journalism degree from Pepperdine University, and has been writing for the web since 2003. She’s a life-long Disney fan who travels and writes about her experiences for fun.

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