Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker talks about her career and her latest movie, Sex and the City 2.

She explains why she thinks it’s become harder to make it in New York, the enduring popularity of the Sex and the City series, and why we don’t see more smart women in leading roles today.

Sex and the City 2 opens Thursday, May 27. 


Sarah Jessica Parker

Comments [32]


Aside from their obsessive fascination with clothes, shoes and men (those who can afford these women) and the mindless chatter, I'm surprised SJP is the lead. Any of her other three friends are sexier and better looking. Sarah has a jaw like horse.

May. 29 2010 05:00 PM
Katherine from Manhattan

apparently, being a 20 something woman means that you are also shallow, materialistic, dumb, boring, etc, etc....give me a break. my generation is not just bunch of valley girls, who sit around drooling over gucci pumps and chanel purses. who even has the right to determine what a perfect stranger can or cannot afford? i was taught that the practice of doing this is tacky.

the women of my generation are forward thinkers, who value education, and who have been raised to work hard and be independent. stop selling us short.

it is easy to say that WE are what's wrong with this country, but i would venture to say that our biggest problems right now fall not on the watchers of Clueless and Gossip Girl, but on generations past.

my main issue with all of this wasn't the show or movies it is SJP's holier-than-thou attitude towards her show's viewers. she is SO MUCH more sophisticated than her young fans...but she will gladly play along for 13 years? i wonder why? ($$$$$$).

May. 27 2010 06:10 PM
dboy from nyc

Diana from Manhattan:

Get yourself over to E! Online:

May. 27 2010 02:02 PM
Diana from Manhattan

To all the commentators..Relax, It's a Movie! In the midst of the fun and beautifully scenic movie we are presented with the complexity of various relationships. Just take it as it is. SITC is not out to make a statement just entertainment! Chill out!
NPR would be remise not to cover it. They are doing their job!

May. 27 2010 01:54 PM
dboy from nyc

... o.k., how 'bout this?

I'll pledge a million dollars it Lenny promises to NEVER talk about Sex In The City (number whatever) ever, ever again!

May. 27 2010 01:30 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

You’re one of the lucky ones. I see the ill effects of this show almost every day in the elevator at work or on the streets of the neighborhood in which I work (Soho/Noho/Central Village.)
Next time someone asks the asinine question of “why do “they” hate us?” I have a quick five word answer: “Sex and the City 2.” It’s not what we do on our own soil, it’s what we do on theirs ( oh yeah, and deposing leaders, installing puppet governments, exploiting natural resources, and telling them to just shut up and take it.)

May. 27 2010 01:25 PM
Katherine from Manhattan

please. i am a 24 year old living in NYC...and i have watched this show since i was a high schooler (in Seattle). it had no impact on my idea of what to expect when i was moving to NYC for college, or what the real/working world would be like post-grad.

i hate listening to sjp desperately try to rationalize the lifestyles displayed in satc. *carrie tried to hail a cab that once......please. it is entertainment. nothing more.

May. 27 2010 01:04 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

Ok, not being able to tell London from Tokyo, not knowing the words thesis and hypothesis were in some way related, and bemoaning the changes in NYC her very successful show helped usher in aside, it’s peculiar not a single question was asked about the impact of Sex and the City on American (or at least City) culture.
And on her comment on 17 year old boys and movies: seventeen year old boys don’t want to watch middle-aged women getting drunk, shopping, having sex, and complaining about their lives of privilege.
Really, WNYC? Really!?!

May. 27 2010 01:02 PM
dboy from nyc

Contribute and feel like a SJP-"movie star"???

I'm considering retracting any support as a result of this interview!

May. 27 2010 01:01 PM
Sprocket from Brooklyn

A full hour? Still not safe to turn the radio back on. Even the "Real Housewives of New York" post-broadcast didn't spend this much time on this.

May. 27 2010 12:53 PM
dboy from nyc

... "facile"?... "vernacular"?... can you really use such "big" words to describe this nonsense????

May. 27 2010 12:49 PM
dafat from nyc

.. let me know when its safe to turn wnyc back on !

May. 27 2010 12:44 PM
Sprocket from Brooklyn

Please, make it stop.

May. 27 2010 12:43 PM
antonio from park slope

One of the main reasons why I disliked SATC was, it failed to portray NYC's diversity... Aside from the minor accents here and there during its run, it just reinforced the idea that "those" people are the invisibles.
However I do realize, if you went to a generic bar in murray hill you'll see the largely white, frat-boy, college2.0 crowd. And in a bar like "moe's" in fort greene you'll get a more mixed crowd. So I guess being that SATC was portraying where white women go to hang once the word has gotten to them (i.e. outcasts>creative class>like minded young folks>real estate class>generics) I guess it was dead on!

May. 27 2010 12:43 PM
dboy from nyc

Can anyone say "obsequious"?

Leo, I love you but you're drooling on yourself!

May. 27 2010 12:42 PM
Estelle from Austin (formerly NYC)

I was told by someone who worked on set that Parker is one of the nicest people in show business.

May. 27 2010 12:40 PM

please let sex in the city die. i find the previews of the new movie obnoxious and completely out of touch with the time we are in now. you've jumped the shark. spare us any more of this vapid display of excess.
let it go...

May. 27 2010 12:40 PM
dboy from nyc

... as though the tv show and the first movie weren't enough!!!

How much damage has this crap done to a generation of 6th grade girls???

May. 27 2010 12:39 PM
dboy from nyc

... a third???!!!


May. 27 2010 12:35 PM
dafat from nyc

junk! turning off wnyc!!

May. 27 2010 12:34 PM
Vic from !

One of my all time favorite movies is, STATE and MAIN...
"...and a second chance to make the same mistake twice"

May. 27 2010 12:32 PM
Estelle from Austin (formerly NYC)

I like SJP, I really do. But I couldn't get into Sex and the City. I did see the first movie (at a discount, when a friend invited me). Mr. Big should be called Mr. Boring; I didn't get it.
Sex and the City is not about women. It is about men. Men is all these women cared or talked about. Oh yeah, and rich people's clothes, and shoes that aren't made for feet. I love fashion, but Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo can kiss my John Fluevogs.

May. 27 2010 12:31 PM
dboy from nys

... not to mention that this vapid franchise has destroyed the West Village. It has attracted an endless parade of enormous, diesel exhaust-spewing tourist busses which disgorge the dregs of suburban culture onto the sidewalk in front of Magnolia Bakery. These rotund beings scramble to contribute to their girth with the "hero's" favorite crappy cupcake!

May. 27 2010 12:30 PM
CL from New York

Breathtakingly vapid.

May. 27 2010 12:24 PM
dboy from nyc

"Narcissistic"? That's a BIG word!

May. 27 2010 12:19 PM

Had to turn off the radio, zero interest in this ridiculous movie.

May. 27 2010 12:19 PM
dboy from NYC





May. 27 2010 12:18 PM
Tonky from Red Hook

SITC has helped a generation of American women become materialistic, shallow, and boring.

I suppose they might have ended up that way without the TV show, but Ms. Parker certainly didn't help.

What a rotten stinky egg.

May. 27 2010 12:17 PM
Sprocket from Brooklyn

Argh, not more Sex and the City. Turning off radio now....

May. 27 2010 12:14 PM
Clif from Mid-town

Yes, who cares about Sex & the City? It is the epitome of a lot that is wrong in this country. Really WNYC? Why does this merit an interview? There seems to be many more important issues that need this air time.

May. 27 2010 12:13 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

I realize Sex and the City is a work of fantasy, but I’m concerned not only of the effects it has had on the City thus far but the possible consequences of the new movie. Namely, I don’t understand the wisdom of portraying a lifestyle in a foreign country with very different customs that is antithetical to what that society permits. Especially when all parties involved realized fans are prone to mimic the main character’s actions.
Foreign tourist to the UAE have been arrested for kissing, profanity, wearing very revealing clothes and hand gestures; drinking and drunkenness are technically illegal without a permit; and unmarried flight attendants on a layover were arrested for sending “sexy” text. I think the Emirate’s refusal to let the movie be shot in Abu Dhabi should have been the first clue art that continues to inspire real life can go too far. We are in a climate where Americans frequently flout the laws, customs and borders of foreign countries then make headlines and cause international incidents when they are punished by local authorities.
I work in a building with many young professional women whom, at first blush, seem to be striving for a lifestyle for which their bank account, education, paycheck or significant other’s paycheck simply won’t allow; a building full of young women (some new to the City) thinking they need to be shallow tarted-up brand and name dropping consumption-obsessed fame-seeking club-hopping booze hounds to enjoy this wonderful city. The sense of entitlement is almost too much to bear, but what could happen when this behavior is exported outside our borders in the form of tourism is even worse.

May. 27 2010 12:09 PM

First, Michael Patrick King and now Sarah Jessica Parker? For an offensive, miserable excuse for a movie of less than no consequence? Why?

May. 27 2010 09:06 AM

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