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It’s hard to imagine Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw without her stylish shoes as she struts through Manhattan, but Carrie wasn’t always wearing Manolos and she certainly didn’t always know sex. CW’s new show The Carrie Diaries takes a look at the origins of the iconic character, and reveals some very surprising things. For one, this Connecticut Carrie wears scrunchies.
“I think that feels to me like a really fun wink wink nod nod to the audience. In another few years she’ll mock a scrunchie and get into a fight with her boyfriend over it,” writer Amy Harris (who also penned several episode of SATC) told THR at the red carpet premiere in New York Monday night. “But in 1984 she didn’t know any better.”
The audience will be in for quite a few surprises about Carrie. For starters, half of the story is based in Connecticut where Carrie is in her junior year of high school.
“She’s experiencing a different phase in her life,” said AnnaSophia Robb, who plays the curly-haired writer as a teen. “This is Carrie first experiencing the city and her love life and Manhattan and her family.”
To emphasis the point of new experiences, Carrie’s faithful trio of friends — Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha — are nowhere to be seen. They are replaced by a new trio comprised of Maggie (Katie Findlay), Walt (Brendan Dooling) and The Mouse (Ellen Wong).
“We really felt like the first season was introducing Carrie’s new group of friends and if you fall in love with them and get to know them that’s terrific. We talked about maybe down the road in seasons to come [introducing Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte] would be a possibility,” Harris said.
So, for now, the only SATC member the audience will see is Carrie.
“Sarah Jessica Parker did such a beautiful job of embodying that role. That is a whole role on a pedestal all by itself, which I don’t want to touch because it is perfect and I love it. Everyone loves it,” Robb, 18, said.
Harris promises many Easter eggs as the show progresses, however, providing faithful followers of SATC interesting insights into why Carrie is the way she is. For example, we’ll find out why Carrie chooses to use her oven as an extra closet rather than to make food.
“I’m so aware of the fans and wanting to be respectful of the Carrie Bradshaw they fell in love with and provide them with new fun information about who she is,” Harris said. “I felt like Sex and the City was about friendships and relationships, love. This is about your first inklings of all of those things.”
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