Sarah Jessica Parker Says Carrie Bradshaw Would Be "Energized" by #MeToo Movement
The actress tells The Hollywood Reporter how her 'Sex and the City' character might handle the societal surge of feminism amid 2018's political and social climate.
A lot has changed in the eight years since Sarah Jessica Parker last stepped into Carrie Bradshaw's Manolos for 2010's Sex and the City 2.
In the current political and social climate — one marked by the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, both founded in response to the myriad sexual assault allegations made against powerful men that began last fall — the actress predicts Carrie would want to participate in today's societal surge of feminism.
"It's hard to imagine her not wanting to write about it, not wanting to talk about it and not having an opinion," Parker tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the fictional columnist would be "really energized" by this year's wave of female empowerment. "It would be rich territory for her to explore."
The Emmy winner — who portrayed Carrie on the HBO series for six seasons from 1998-2004, and later in two movies — adds: "Carrie really talked mostly about sexual politics and that is obviously a large part of #MeToo and Time's Up conversations. I'm sure she would have a lot to say, as would Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte."
While Parker is unsure how Carrie would approach current events — "I sometimes wonder if she thought it was more controversial to offer up an opinion that may or may not have been her own" — the politically minded actress is certain about one thing: The only way to enact change is by voting in the 2018 midterm elections.
"I'm an American person who's a voter. I grew up in a political family. I worked on the [George] McGovern campaign when I was 8 years old. I've knocked on doors my whole life," says the Divorce star, who appeared in HBO's "Rock the Vote" campaign video earlier this year. "My parents are political, we've protested and have even gotten in a little bit of trouble for it. We're lifelong Democrats."
But, regardless of party, Parker hopes everyone gets to the polls. "People should consider themselves as important as the elected officials who speak for them," she tells THR. "When people don't vote, we're creating this sort of autonomy for our elected officials. They're getting to make more decisions on their own, and they're assuming that we don't care. Sure, I'm a Democrat and I'm not secretive about that. But I want all of us to be part of this system, which I have so much affection for."
After casting her ballot on Tuesday, Parker is next looking forward to the theatrical release of her latest film, Here and Now. The romantic drama — directed by documentarian Fabien Constant and written by Laura Eason (House of Cards) — tells the story of a jazz singer named Vivienne (Parker) who must navigate the emotional aftermath of discovering a terminal health condition.
The pic, originally titled Blue Night, made its debut in April at New York's Tribeca Film Festival and features an ensemble cast, including Renee Zellweger, Taylor Kinney, Common and Simon Baker, among others. According to Parker, the project and its 16-day Manhattan shoot served as "one of the greatest creative experiences" of her career.
"I had never played somebody who was on the receiving end of this particular diagnosis or any news that was so immediately devastating and terrifying, who was also very much alone in her life," she says, noting that her many solo scenes in the film were "challenging" but ultimately rewarding. "There was so much to do as an actor and all the things that you normally get to sort out with a person playing opposite you, you have to do on your own."
Parker elaborates: "Usually, emotional scenes come from an exchange of words and conversations. They're not typically invoked all on your own. It was very much a solo experience, but I loved it."
Here and Now is set to hit theaters Friday, and will also be available digitally and On Demand. Watch an exclusive clip from the film, below.