By all accounts, Sarah Jessica Parker has nothing against AnnaSophia Robb (How could you? She's adorbs). But she did have this to say about Robb playing Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City prequel show The Carrie Diaries:
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.
So clearly, she's not 100% on board with the idea of someone else inhabiting the role she played for eight years on HBO and, based on the "generosity" comment, feels possessive over it in some way. But should she? And is hers the opinion we should really care about?
The Daily Beast grilled the original original Carrie Bradshaw, Candace Bushnell, who actually, you know, created the character, and who is much more supportive of her small screen adaptations, though she did have some criticisms of Bradshaw's storyline in the movies.
On The Carrie Diaries:
It is a really good show! And interestingly, last weekend, I had a couple girlfriends over, and we were watching Sex and the City, and then we watched some Carrie Diaries. There are a lot of surprising similarities in terms of tone and the kinds of antics the characters get into. So I think they’re doing a good job.
She channels Carrie from Sex and the City as well. Sometimes I’m just taken aback. Like, wow, that is in a sense a young Sarah Jessica Parker. I know we think of a young Sarah Jessica Parker as very different, because she was in Square Pegs. But if Sarah Jessica Parker had played a 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw, I see the connection.
On SJP's apparent reluctance to see that:
The reality is, that’s showbiz. Sarah Jessica’s first part was somebody else’s part. She played Annie on Broadway. She understands how these things work.
On her issues with Carrie's plot line in Sex and the City 2:
If it were up to me, the second movie would have been Carrie Bradshaw decides to run for mayor and Samantha helps her. It would get into some real issues of what happens when you’re part of a relationship and the woman is ambitious. What does that do to her relationship with Mr. Big? To me, that would be interesting. But they were not going to go there.
Did you suggest that to them? No.
So she would have quit the column? In real life, it doesn’t seem realistic to me that [her] character would be writing that column for 15 years. It doesn’t make sense! To me. But people love the character, and I think they felt they were doing the movies for fans, and they just wanted to give fans what they wanted. Or what they thought the fans wanted.
On what she thinks of Carrie and Big's relationship:
Do you think she would have ended up with Big in real life? No.
Why!!? [Long silence] I don’t know. In real life, I don’t think women end up with that character, and if they do, they usually get divorced after a year.
Um, we kind of love Candace Bushnell?