Sarah Jessica Parker slams 'misogynist chatter' about cast's age

Sarah Jessica Parker slams ‘misogynist chatter’ about And Just Like That cast growing older as she covers Vogue: ‘What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?’

Sarah Jessica Parker has responded to critics of her and her fellow cast members’ aging looks in the upcoming Sex and the City reboot. 

The 56-year-old actress appeared on the cover of the December 2021 issue of Vogue and gave an accompanying interview in which she addressed negative social media remarks about the characters’ older appearances. 

‘There’s so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A. Man,’ Sarah said, emphasizing each word with a clap.

Hitting back: Sarah Jessica Parker has responded to critics of her and her fellow cast members’ aging looks in the upcoming Sex and the City reboot

In July, the star was photographed rocking her natural silver-streaked blonde locks while enjoying lunch with her friend Andy Cohen, 53, during a break from shooting scenes for the revival series.  

”’Gray hair gray hair gray hair. Does she have gray hair?” Sarah continued, ‘I’m sitting with Andy Cohen, and he has a full head of gray hair, and he’s exquisite. Why is it okay for him?’

‘I don’t know what to tell you people! Especially on social media. Everyone has something to say. ‘She has too many wrinkles, she doesn’t have enough wrinkles.” 

Criticism: In July, Sarah was pictured rocking her silver-streaked locks while having lunch with her friend Andy Cohen during a break from shooting the series, leading to online critics to weigh in on her natural hair

She went on to say, ‘It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly okay with where we are, as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today, whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better.’

‘I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?’     

And Just Like That… represents a new chapter of Sex and the City, following Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), 55, and Charlotte (Kristin Davis), 56, as they continue their friendship from their 30s to, ‘the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.’ 

Speaking out: Sarah appeared on the cover of the December 2021 issue of Vogue and gave an accompanying interview in which she addressed negative social media remarks about the characters’ older appearances

Revival: And Just Like That… represents a new chapter of Sex and the City, following Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), 55, and Charlotte (Kristin Davis), 56, as they continue their friendship from their 30s to, ‘the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s’

In the Vogue interview, executive producer Michael Patrick King also weighed in on fans’ reaction to the cast’s age. ‘When we announced And Just Like That… there were a lot of positive reactions, but one bitchy response online was people sharing pictures of the Golden Girls.

‘And I was like, ‘Wow, so it’s either you’re 35, or you’re retired and living in Florida. There’s a missing chapter here.’

Cynthia explained, ‘I like that we’re not trying to youthify the show. We’re not including, like, a 21-year-old niece.’ 

New staff writer Samantha Irby told the magazine, ‘I think it’s revolutionary to do a show about middle-aged women, with their aging lady bodies.’

Weighing in: Cynthia Nixon said, ‘I like that we’re not trying to youthify the show. We’re not including, like, a 21-year-old niece’

Sarah also briefly discussed the absence of Kim Cattrell’s Samantha Jones. Kim, 65, chose not to return for the revival series after years of feuding with Sarah.

‘We have some new people, and we have some people who aren’t back anymore,’ Sarah said.

And Just Like That…added several new cast members of color including Nicole Ari Parker, Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman. The original show has been criticized by some for lacking diversity. 

Sarah, who is also an executive producer on the show, said it was important to both her and King to diversify the cast. 

‘In no way were we interested in tokenism,’ she explained. ‘You can’t bring people on the show and not let the camera be with them! These characters are all gifts to us.’

Not coming back: Kim Cattrall opted not to return for the revival series after years of feuding with Sarah. Seen in 1998

New cast: And Just Like That…added several new characters of color including Nicole Ari Parker (pictured) who will play Carrie’s best friend

When the interview was conducted in September, Sarah was processing the news that Willie Garson, who played Carrie’s best friend Stanford Blatch on SATC and AJLT, had passed away. 

The actress had lost her business partner in her SJP shoe line, George Malkemus, to cancer just days before.

‘All I can say right now is that it’s as if a scoop has been taken out of me this week, and I don’t expect it to be filled,’ Sarah told Vogue. 

‘In time, my body will grow accustomed to this new architecture, but now I feel truly blue. It’s such a loss, and I think about how I’ll miss the joy of these relationships. I think about and the show and how much we laughed. 

Sad: When the interview was conducted in September, Sarah was just learning of the passing of Willie Garson, who played Carrie’s best friend Stanford Blatch. Seen in 2019

‘And I guess despite everything, that’s the headline: There’s so much good in the world, and we were all so lucky to be together, doing something we loved.’

A portion of the interview took place on a rebuilt set of Carrie’s beloved one-bedroom apartment from the original series.

Sarah announced on her Instagram that Airbnb had also recreated Carrie’s apartment and that she and the company had partnered to host overnights guests.

She added a photo in which she was seen posing in Carrie’s iconic closet with the caption:  ‘And just like that…@airbnb has recreated Carrie Bradshaw’s Sex and the City apartment. And I’m partnering with them to host lucky guests for an overnight stay.

‘You can request to book your stay starting Monday, November 8th at 12pm EST.’

Exciting! Starting on November 8, fans can stay in Carrie’s iconic SATC one-bedroom apartment

Partnership: Sarah partnered with Airbnb to host overnight guests in the replica of her apartment 

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