It seems pretty unfathomable to think of the HBO series Sex and the City without Sarah Jessica Parker‘s journalist Carrie Bradshaw in Manolo Blahniks and sipping Cosmos imprinted in our brain, but the actress almost turned down the role.
According to the Huffington Post, there’s an excerpt from journalist James Andrew Miller’s new book, Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, which talk about how Parker’s agent, Kevin Huvane, had to convince her to do the show.
“[Kevin] called me up and said, ‘Darren Star [the creator of SATC] reached out to me,’” Parker recalled in the excerpt. “’He’s written this pilot 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.’”
Parker was reluctant to commit to television after having the freedom to do movies and plays.
She continued, “And I said, ‘Really? I feel like I’ve got it all right now. 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?’”
When Parker finally read the script, she also had issues with the profanity and the nudity. “I really wasn’t keen on doing nudity and language issues,” SJP explained. “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.’”
Good thing she listened to him.