Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall can’t stop talking about each other. Sure, this might be a function of Parker continually being asked about her former Sex and the City co-star as she continues her press tour for the second season of Divorce—but either way, it just keeps going, in a way that feels textbook Hollywood at best and morbidly Sisyphean at worst. The latest installment in this future Ryan Murphy drama arrives courtesy of Parker, who, in a cover story for People this week, speaks somewhat candidly about their broken relationship and the truth about its dissolution (according to Parker, anyway). Parker tells the magazine that she and Cattrall neither feuded nor had a “toxic” relationship on the set of their hit HBO show—contradicting the erstwhile Samantha Jones, who told Piers Morgan in a sizzling interview that she never wants to make a third Sex and the City movie for several reasons, including lingering bad blood toward Parker.
“I never talked about it, except [to say] that some of us were disappointed [about the movie not happening],” Parker said. “But I never responded to the conversation Kim had with Piers Morgan, where she said things that were really hurtful about me.” (In the interview, Cattrall told Morgan that she resented the chatter around the scrapped Sex and the City 3, which seemed to blame Cattrall for the film falling apart: “And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City, and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer,” she said. “I don’t know what her issue is. I never have.”)
“We had this experience and it was amazing, and nothing will ever be like it,” Parker continued. “We had a connection with an audience, and we had a connection with the city and with this crew, and we got to tell these crazy stories with each other. So I don’t want to mess with that. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing that part. So there was no fight; it was completely fabricated, because I actually never responded. And I won’t, because she needed to say what she needed to say, and that is her privilege.”
So that’s that! Sort of! Until Cattrall gets wind of the interview, of course, and decides to respond in kind, as she is wont to do—with another text screenshot posted to social media, maybe, or perhaps a photo of a restrained Post-it note. Parker’s response sticks to the benign, pacifying stance she’s taken in the months (can you believe it’s been months?!) since her conflict with Cattrall stomped its Manolos back into the zeitgeist. Even so, it seems like nothing she does will ever repair this rift. Just four days ago, Cattrall posted an Instagram caption aimed directly at her former co-star, calling her “cruel.” The post came just a few days after Cattrall announced the death of her brother, sharing the sad news with fans on Instagram.
Parker was one of the people who commented on the post, writing, “Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother.” But Cattrall wasn’t having any of it, batting down the digital olive branch. (She did, however, accept condolences from another Sex and the City co-star, Cynthia Nixon.
“Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend,” she wrote to Parker. “So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona.”
She then included a link to a New York Post story about the “mean-girls culture” that apparently tore the show apart. At least we’ll always have reruns?
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