Nudity And Profanity Almost Made 'Sex and the City' A No-Go For Sarah Jessica Parker

Until she got Carried away.
A promotional shot for "Sex and the City" Season 2.
A promotional shot for "Sex and the City" Season 2.

Wherever you identify on the “Sex and the City” spectrum (Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha, Carrie, the person watching home alone in sweatpants), we can all agree that the HBO series would lack a certain something without its star Sarah Jessica Parker

After six seasons, two movies and countless pairs of Manolo Blahniks, Parker and Carrie have seemingly fused into one preternaturally fashionable entity. According to an excerpt from journalist James Andrew Miller’s new book, Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, however, it took some serious convincing to get the actress to even consider signing onto the series that cemented her A-list status.  

When Parker was first approached about the role of Carrie by longtime friend and agent Kevin Huvane, she was reluctant to commit to television after making a name for herself in Hollywood following her stint on the 1982 teen series “Square Pegs.”

“[Kevin] called me up and said, ‘Darren Star [the creator of “SATC”] reached out to me,’” Parker recalls Huvane telling her about the role. “’He’s written this pilot [”Sex and the City”] and tells me he wrote it with you in mind — you were in his head when he was writing it. I’m going to send it to you. I’ve read it. I think it’s really good. You should meet with him.’”

Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker film scenes in New York City. 
Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker film scenes in New York City. 

“And I said, ‘Really? I feel like I’ve got it all right now. I can do a play, then do a movie, then do a play, then do a movie. There’s a lot of flexibility. What could be better? Do I really want to go back to making a television series when I’m maybe held hostage signing a long-term contract?’” she continued. 

Something about Star’s script and the promise of a never-ending couture wardrobe must have spoken to Parker, because she agreed to meet with the creator. However, the explicit nature of the series still proved to be worrisome for Parker, whose image until that point was relatively wholesome. 

“I really wasn’t keen on doing nudity and language issues,” she explained. “But Kevin continued to say to me, ‘This is different. You have never done anything like this before. No one’s ever done a part like this. Do this.’”

One non-negotiable nudity contract later (Parker was the only one of the four leading actresses not to do nude scenes), she was on her way to becoming the Carrie we know and love today. 

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