In our minds, Sarah Jessica Parker will always be Carrie Bradshaw. We just haven’t figured out how to separate the two in our brains.
Even The Edit‘s Jennifer Dickinson seems to have some trouble differentiating, drawing numerous comparisons between the two throughout the actress’s cover story for Net-a-Porter’s magazine, asking her about the scope of her wardrobe, her penchant for high heels, HBO’s modern day SATC, Girls, and, of course, The Carrie Diaries.
Perhaps part of the reason we’ve been a little reluctant to accept AnnaSophia Robb (adorable as she may be) as Carrie Bradshaw is that anyone other than SJP playing that character just feels a little wrong. And it sounds like Parker feels the same way. When asked how she feels about another actress playing the role she brought to life, Parker answered:
I’m not sure… You know, I think it’s one of those tests of your generosity. She [AnnaSophia Robb] is a lovely girl and I want her to feel good about it, but it’s… odd.
Interesting. AnnaSophia Robb has said that Parker sent her “a very lovely note kind of giving me her blessing and encouraging me and saying how dear the part was for her.” Of course, that doesn’t mean Parker has to be a fan of the show, and it kind of sounds like she isn’t.
Dickinson also asked her about the other popular television show that has drawn comparisons to Sex and the City: HBO’s Girls. Parker both starred in and executive produced SATC, and suggested that, in doing so, she paved the way for Dunham and her show:
HBO was very encouraging of the beyond-camera role I played, and I feel that had we not done it, I don’t know that would have existed for Girls. It’s such a different way of thinking and it’s not conventional.
I also think [Dunham] came along understanding her voice and with the support of a producing partner [Judd Apatow] experienced enough to say she is capable of this, she needs to be in charge of the story as it’s her voice. I do feel Sex and the City‘s success made that possible, and it would have been different otherwise.
Dunham, too, has conceded that a show like Girls probably wouldn’t exist without SATC. “This show couldn’t exist without Sex and the City, both for what it opened up for women on television and because these characters were raised on Sex and the City,” Dunham told Reuters in an interview.
Whether Parker intends to make a cameo on either of the shows she more or less helped inspire (which we think would be awesome), remains to be seen.