'Sex and the City' Cast Talk Fighting Sexism Then, How the Show Would (or Wouldn't) Work Now

James Andrew Miller's 'Origins' podcast dove into the culture on and around the set of the HBO phenomenon, and how the cast and crew imagine the series would be adapted for 2018.

James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast has been the source of plenty of Sex and the City bombshells, including the reveal that the third movie planned to kill off Mr. Big and digging deeper into conflicts surrounding star Kim Cattrall

Over the course of three episodes, which included revealing conversations with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and the show's creator and producers, Miller discovered even more about the culture on the show, struggles against sexism and adapting SATC to 2018. Here are some of the podcast's biggest takeaways.

On the media's desire to pit the four female stars against one another:

In light of the rumors and ever-swirling stories about Cattrall's relationship with the rest of the cast, Parker pointed out how men rarely face the same pressure to be friends with their co-stars. After spending 80 to 100 hours together each week on set, Parker said she rarely spent time with Cattrall, Davis or Nixon after work, but that didn't mean there was any bad blood. 

"What's so curious to me is no one ever asked that of The Sopranos, no one ever said to Jimmy, 'Hey, do you call what's-his-name at night and hang out and have dinner, did you spend Christmas with him, did you buy him a Christmas gift?,'" Parker lamented on the podcast. "No, of course not. They went home to their families and their friends and their loved ones. The focus on our interaction off of the set, of which there was no time, especially for me, was bizarre and sexist. It's so frustrating, because it also suggests there was fighting on the set, and I never had a fight with anybody on that set." 

Parker added that she'll "never forget going to Germany on a press junket and the Germans kept asking me, 'Are you buying a Christmas present for Kim Cattrall? Did you get her a Christmas present?' And if I say no, we're in a fight, and if I say yes, that's not true." 

Davis described a similar battle, remembering how "we would literally work next door on the sound stages to The Sopranos guys, and we would see them arguing, okay? And we would be like, does anyone ever ask them? And look, there were creative arguments or whatever, you're like family with these people, so of course you're going to have things you disagree about. It's not that crazy, it's not that weird. But when it's women, of course, then it has to have entire articles written about it, and people have to be the good guy and the bad guy, which is insane, and it gets very warped." 

On the show's schedule "suffocating" Parker: 

Coming off of success on the big screen, it was difficult for Parker to adjust to the intense shooting schedule of a hit HBO TV show. 

“I panicked and I was like, ‘I want to maintain my life. I like doing a few plays a year and a movie, and maybe a TV movie of the week,’” she told Miller about her initial hesitations about the role. Even after taking on the part of Carrie Bradshaw, she still struggled, saying, “All of a sudden it felt like somebody was holding me hostage or something, or there just were these limitations, which felt very suffocating." 

On choosing to end the series after six seasons: 

Michael Patrick King, who wrote and executive produced the series as well as the two SATC films, said it was his choice to end the show after six seasons, as he wanted to go out on top.

"I did say to Sarah Jessica before the sixth season, 'We're done.' HBO did not want to be done, but I said to Sarah Jessica, I think we should do one last season and get out, because we can't go up the wall anymore without turning this into a different show, and this show is done," King explained. "She said 'Okay, I hear you, I believe you,' and we went to HBO and said, 'We're going to be done after six years, because we're done.'"

On Chris Noth's real feelings about the two Sex and the City films: 

Though he played the iconic Mr. Big throughout the series and two ffilms, Noth admitted he was not a big fan of the big-screen adaptations (where his real name was revealed to be John James Preston). 

"I really didn't enjoy any of the movies. I really hate corny stuff, and it could be because I'm a little bit of a cynic," the actor said, specifically calling out the final scene in the first movie, in the shoe closet, as something he hated. He does, however, say he was a "big fan of the series, and I hate to say this because I adore Michael Patrick King, but I just never really enjoyed the movies. I thought they were sentimental as hell. Even the humor didn't match the series."   

On a possible reboot and how the show would be different in 2018: 

Although Sex and the City was one of the biggest shows of the decade, Parker says she doesn't think it could be made today, calling it "a show of its time. It's a period piece." 

The themes of friendship and love hold true, but "I think all of the stuff with Big and money, the lack of diversity, the lack of women of color on the show, the vision of New York as this aspirational place that is far more for people of money, that's more of our time. You couldn't do that today," Parker said. "Phones, internet, the way we communicated, men and women, how they addressed one another, what was appropriate, what wasn't appropriate, those rules, those don't even exist. It would just have to be a different story now. But it was completely a story of its very specific time and place, its politics, the city, money in the city. This is before September 11, everything is different." 

Nixon echoed the need for diversity, but said the way wealth and social classes were depicted would also have to change. She added, "One of the great things was how much female empowerment it showed, and then it showed the flip side too, I think that's one thing that Girls went even further with, it showed even women characters that we love and admire are having sex that's really horrible and they don't even want to be having, but somehow they find themselves doing it. The female empowerment is really real, but I think there would be a lot more examination of ways in which women find themselves in situations they don't want to be in." 

Listen to the Origins podcast here