The truth behind the drama between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall

Sex and the City fans got the best news to kick off the year when Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis took to Instagram by surprise to announce that the super friends were back.

The 6-season, 2-film series, which first premiered on June 6, 1998, tells the story of 4 friends, Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Nixon), Samantha (Cattrall) and Charlotte (Davis) who live in New York and that despite their differences and their ever-changing sex lives, they stick together through the ups and downs.

The fashionable details and the beautiful postcards of New York were not the only subjects that made the series on everyone’s lips. Strong rumors of confrontations between two of its stars, Parker and Cattrall, put Sex and the City in the main gossip tabloids around the world. Jealousy, money and mistreatment are some of the issues that made the friendship between Carrie and Samantha not go beyond the screen.

But what really happened between the two actresses?

After the success of Season 1, Sarah Jessica Parker acquired the title of executive producer by raising her salary for that of the other protagonists. This difference generated disagreement in Kim Cattrall who also negotiated an increase in her salary. According to, Kim’s attitude and constant comparison with Sarah Jessica Parker was not well regarded by the rest of the actresses, initiating a cut between Parker, Nixon and Davis and Cattrall’s side, to the point that they did not sit down. with her or to eat.

In 2004 during an interview on the show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and after 6 seasons, Kim admitted that money was a problem when negotiating the contract for the seventh season. “I felt like after six years it was time for all of us to participate in the Sex and the City financial windfall. When they didn’t seem interested in it, I thought it was time to move on. ” Despite his words, he left open the possibility of playing Samantha again when they asked if he would participate in the film. “If the deal was right and the script was fabulous, I absolutely would.”

His words and a good negotiation were what allowed the first Sex and the City film to be released in 2008, making way for the second.

In 2009 and During the filming of the second film, rumors of rivalry were present again and The New York Post published an article in which they claimed that the two actresses did not speak to the point that they made everyone on set uncomfortable.

These rumors were denied by Parker in several interviews where he stated that the gossip was juicier if the protagonists had a bad relationship and even called it sexist when they only asked the female protagonists if they had a bad or good relationship with each other and not the men. To everyone’s surprise Cattrall supported Parker when in an interview with the Daily Mail he said: “I think Sarah was right, people don’t want to believe that we get along. They have invested too much in the idea of ​​two strong and successful women fighting each other. The truth is that we are friends and we get along and do our jobs happily together – they are not nearly as newsworthy. I think Sarah is fantastic. She is a born leader and guides the crew and cast in such a strong yet gentle way. She and I are sick of this. It’s exhausting talking about it, and really boring. “

Sex and the City 2 was a success and the producers along with Warner Bros had in mind a 3rd movie that sadly had to be canceled due to demands from Kim Cattrall. According to the Daily Mail, the 64-year-old actress only agreed to participate in the film if Warner Bros agreed to produce other films that she had in development. Unfortunately, the studios denied this request, thus canceling the entire production since they did not consider it fair for the fans to make the film with only three of the four protagonists.

Far from supporting and protecting Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker made it super clear that the reason there was no 3rd movie was because of the high demands of her co-star. In an appearance on the Stephen Colbert show, amidst jokes and laughter, Parker invited him to audition to play Samantha, just as he did with Ellen DeGeneres.

Kim showed his pain and in 2017 during an interview with Piers Morgan confessed that she and the other actresses were never friends, that the main reason was the age difference and that she did not see negative that they were simply colleagues, but on more than one occasion she mentioned that she wished Sarah had been kinder to her, fueling the rivalry between them and the intrigues of what is what really happened between takes. He also denied the claims of his demands and clarified that his only request was not to make a third film, a resolution he reached after having turned 60. He clarified that his intention was not to kill Samantha, on the contrary, he freed her and even proposed that she be played by an African-American or Latino woman.

The final cut came in 2018 when Parker dedicated a few words to Cattrall via Instagram after the tragic death of his brother. “Dear Kim, my love and my condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx ”. This is the response Cattrall made to his comment. “My mom asked me today ‘When will that hypocrite @sarahjessicaparker leave you alone?’ Your continued closeness is a painful, reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy to restore your ‘nice girl’ personality.

After 2 years of the last crossing they decided to abandon the idea of ​​a third film but they reappeared with a more interesting proposal from the hand of HBO Max, a 10-episode mini-series that will travel the path of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship at 30 to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship at 50. Will they name Samantha? Will they close on their friendship? This and more we will only know the day of its premiere.