Sarah Jessica Parker says she almost turned down the iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.

It’s hard to imagine any face other than bubbly blonde Sarah Jessica Parker portraying newspaper columnist, Carrie Bradshaw. 

But now SJP has revealed she almost passed on the role.

In an extract from James Andrew Miller’s new book Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Jessica Parker writes: “He [agent Kevin Huvane] called me up and said, ‘Darren Star reached out to me… He’s written this pilot [Sex And The City] and tells me he wrote it with you in mind – you were in his head when he was writing it. I’m going to send it to you. I’ve read it. I think it’s really good. You should meet with him’.”

But the 51-year-old said she was hesitant at first, worried about the nudity. 

“I met with Darren, and there were a couple of concerns that I had – like I really wasn’t keen on doing nudity and language issues,” writes Jessica Parker in the extract. 

“I can do a play, then do a movie, then do a play, then do a movie. There’s a lot of flexibility. What could be better? Do I really want to go back to making a television series when I’m maybe held hostage signing a long-term contract?


“But Kevin continued to say to me, ‘This is different. You have never done anything like this before. No one’s ever done a part like this. Do this.”‘

We can’t help but wonder what life would have been like for the mother-of-three if she hadn’t taken the gig…

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