Carrie Bradshaw may have been an open book when it came to her experiences with men, but Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t always feel comfortable doing the same during the production of Sex and the City — regardless of what her role on set was.
In a new interview with NPR’s Fresh Air, the 54-year-old actress admitted she reported an unidentified “very big, big movie star” for his inappropriate behavior on the set of the HBO series, after weeks of feeling powerless because of his celebrity status.
“I think no matter how evolved or how modern I thought I was … I didn’t feel entirely in a position — no matter what my role was on set — I didn’t feel as powerful as the man who was behaving inappropriately.”
The Emmy-winner explained that even as a headlining star and producer on Sex and the City, the behavior of this male “star” made her so uncomfortable she almost walked off set.
“[It] strikes me as just stunning to say out loud, because there were plenty of occasions where it was happening and I was in a different position and I was as powerful. I mean, I had every right to say, ‘This is inappropriate.’ I could have felt safe in going to a superior.”
After one incident in particular, though, SJP said she had no choice but to bring the issues up with her agent:
“I felt I was no longer able to convey how uncomfortable this was making me, how inappropriate it was … within hours everything had changed. [Her agent] said to [the actor], ‘If this continues, I have sent her a ticket, a one-way ticket out of this city’ — where I was shooting — ‘and she will not be returning.’”
Sadly, these experiences weren’t just happening on SatC.
Parker admitted to enduring “countless experiences of men behaving poorly, inappropriately” on set over the years, and it wasn’t until the rise of the #MeToo movement that she took a look back and really acknowledged just how inappropriate they were.
“It really wasn’t, I would say, until about six or eight months ago that I started recognizing countless experiences of men behaving poorly, inappropriately, and all the ways that I had made it possible to keep coming to work or to remain on set, or to simply … just push it down, push it away, find a little space for it and move on.”
Like many actresses, the Divorce star said she simply put up with what she believed came with the territory of showbiz, adding:
“[I] really just didn’t allow it to consume me. To be honest, I don’t know why I either wasn’t courageous or more destroyed by some of the things that I was privy to, that I was on the receiving end of.”
Thankfully, those experiences haven’t tainted the wonderful memories she has playing Carrie for six seasons (and two movies). She noted:
“I loved playing [Carrie] so much. I think we all love playing those characters so much, and we were consumed by work. I was working 18-, 20-hour days for years and years.”
As for the unnamed actor, Parker said she doesn’t think reporting him would have really changed his behavior because he was already a “formed person.”
We’re glad she’s speaking out about it, though!
Who do U think the inappropriate “big movie star” was? We have our guesses, but want to hear your thoughts in the comments (below)!
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