For diehard Sex and the City fans the news that a reboot is in the works is a welcome distraction to everything else going on, but some are less excited as only three out of the original four lead cast members will return to our screens.
Despite years of protest over reprising her role in the hugely popular 90s and 00s show, Kim Cattrall – who played Samantha – is still receiving online abuse over her decision not to join Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon in the upcoming limited series And Just Like That.
Her reasoning makes total sense. 'That was part of turning 60,' she told Piers Morgan back in 2017, when asked why she wouldn't return for a third SATC film. 'That was a very clear moment of how many years do I have left and what do I want to do with it? What haven’t I done?'
There's also her very public feud with Sarah Jessica Parker, who played protagonist Carrie Bradshaw in all six seasons and the two follow-up films, so it's hardly surprising the actress wouldn't be keen to re-visit old turf, but fans of the show can't imagine a world without Samantha in it.
Referring to the feud and her involvement with Parker and the franchise itself, Cattrall explained that her decision not to re-join the cast stems from the losses she's experienced in her life, and her realisation that her time on Earth is limited: 'I don’t want to be in a situation for even an hour where I’m not enjoying myself,' she told The Guardian back in 2016. 'I want to choose who I spend time with personally and professionally. It’s my life.'
Speaking on the Women’s Prize For Fiction Podcast last month (December 2020), the actress admitted she was eager to move on from the project and revealed the 'misery' she faced following backlash from the 2008 and 2010 films.
'I remember getting a lot of grief on social media for not wanting to do a film. And that was astonishing. Some of the things that people wrote to me, like, you know, "I work in a bank, and I don't like this person, and I don't like the hours, I don't like this, and I do it. So you just do it!", she told podcast host Zing Tsjeng.
'I am lucky enough to have a choice... And it's, it's something that I feel very lucky to have. And I'm very protective of it. But I wouldn't be any good doing something that I really didn't want to do.'
Echoing the sentiments of many fans of the series, Cattrall felt the story was at its best when contained on the small screen. She told The Guardian: 'It was a lot of fun and I loved it and being in new territory is always exciting – I felt like we were.'
Adding: 'I went past the finish line playing Samantha Jones because I loved Sex and the City. It was a blessing in so many ways, but after the second movie I’d had enough. I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t just replace me with another actress instead of wasting time bullying. No means no.'
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