She’s four years older, four years wiser and her return is four years overdue in the minds of fans.
But Sarah Jessica Parker says the wait to bring her beloved Carrie Bradshaw back to her legions of followers in a feature film adaptation of the hit television series Sex And The City was well-timed.
Parker feels the cast, crew and characters themselves needed those years to mature and forward Bradshaw’s story in a way that would please fans and do justice to the series.
“I hope they like the choices we made in terms of the story that we told,” Parker says. “I think (director) Michael Patrick King and I wanted to give (the fans) everything they thought they wanted and everything they didn’t know they wanted and that was really to push on that bruise of despair and disappointment and really live in it.”
“I’m very interested in the kind of experience it is to suffer loss and disappointment at 40 than it is at 20 and I think that’s really what this movie is about, is being a grown-up and understanding your own complicity and disappointment and how friends are necessary and vital.”
The film reunites Carrie with Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) as they continue on with their lives but with a few plot twists that uproot their lives and put their friendship to the test.
The challenge with reviving a television show such as Sex And The City for the big screen, of course, is finding a way to make it relevant for fans who have been there since the very beginning and for those who may not have seen the original show.
“I don’t know that they’re relevant,” Parker concedes. “I don’t think that’s for me to say … I don’t know how relevant they are or what the legacy of the show will or will not be, or the movie. I just know that I love this work and I love this job and I love these people so I wanted to give it one more shot before it was too late.”
>> Sex And The City opens in theatres today.