Originally HBO wanted Desperate Housewives actress Dana Delany to play the enigmatic Carrie Bradshaw, and Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t want to be tied down by a series!
In a weekly column in Playbill by Seth Rudetsky, a friend of SJP’s husband Matthew Broderick, he revealed her reluctance to act in a TV show…
“We, of course, talked about Sex and The City and turns out, she was reluctant to do the pilot because she didn’t really want to do a series,” Rudetsky wrote.
“However, she loved the script so she filmed it and then forgot about it. Months later, she found out the show was picked up and she completely wanted to get out of it. I mean, completely. She really didn’t want to be tied down to one job because she loved going from gig to gig and being, what she called, a ‘journeyman.'”
“She tried various ways to get out of it including telling HBO that she would film three projects for free if they’d release her from her contract!” he added.
“Basically, they convinced her to honor her deal, and she now has no regrets.”
SJP hasn’t commented.
But we’re wondering how different the show would have been without her!