Sarah Jessica Parker Says Carrie Bradshaw Character Was 'Childish, in a Way’

by Antoinette Bueno 6:53 AM PDT, October 17, 2016
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Sarah Jessica Parker has a new take on love.

The 51-year-old actress recently sat down with CBS News to talk about her long career, which of course, includes playing her beloved Sex and the City character, Carrie Bradshaw. When CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley comments that Bradshaw was "so romantic" and that "it had to be love, love, love, love all the time," Parker agrees.

"Childish, in a way," she admits.

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Still, Parker couldn't be prouder of her groundbreaking role as a fashionable writer, which lasted for six seasons.

"It's a privilege," she stresses. "I feel we are a fairly intimate group, this gang of 10 million that watch the show. Do you know what I mean? So, I feel it behooves me to be responsible to [them], and for every single thing I do."

Parker doesn't completely rule out a third Sex and the City film. "[The idea] rests in the butler's pantry," she says. "It’s not on the table, but somebody is holding it fairly nearby."

Although, if judging by her current feelings, fans shouldn't hold their breath.

"I would have sort of imagined that those women have only interest in looking ahead, while being informed by the past," she notes. "And in a way, maybe that would be the best for all of us -- living people, nonfictional as well!"

Parker is now back on HBO 13 years later with her new series, Divorce, which obviously shows a less glamorous side of love. Parker plays Frances, who's going through a long, drawn-out divorce.

“ ... There was a lot happening with a group of women that was very interesting to me, and that I was at an age where I was looking at friends' marriages and relationships, and I was recognizing that there is a story to tell about that commitment that we hadn't see in a long time," Parker says about the inspiration for her new series. "And if it's not themselves, it's their friends or siblings or parents. Or it's their secret."

In real life, she's been happily married to 54-year-old actor Matthew Broderick since 1997. When asked what "happily married" means to her, Parker says, "The things that annoy me don’t matter! And I think that is because we are grown-up people."

"I feel like sometimes it's as simple as, I still like him so much," she adds. "Like, he's still the person that I hope I'm making proud. He's still the smartest and the funniest to me."

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Parker talked exclusively to ET in September about the possibility of a third Sex and the City movie, and was again, cryptic about any plans.

"We have this very long and honored relationship with those women and men that watched our show," the mother of three said. "We aren't casual about it and we have to know that we are offering up something that is deserving of their time and affection and dollars for tickets. So, we consider all those things. That means we aren't being flighty with them. It's not on the table. It's in the warming drawer."

She did, however, stylishly reunite with her Sex and the City co-stars, Cynthia Nixon and Mario Cantone, at the New York City premiere of Divorce earlier this month.

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