Samantha Jones rarely did things she didnt want to do—which is apparently the same philosophy followed by Kim Cattrall, who spent six seasons (and two movies) bringing the character to life. The actress has spent the last few years distancing herself from Sex and the City, deepening the rift between herself and former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker (the feud that Parker has insisted is not a feud!)—and now, Cattrall has evidently hit a peaceful plateau.
In the latest episode of Origins, an engrossing podcast series that delves into the origin stories behind various pop cultural institutions (hosted by Vanity Fair contributor James Andrew Miller), nearly every main cast member of Sex and the City sat down for an interview about the shows humble origins. Everyone, that is, except Cattrall, who told the podcast via a representative that she has “ already said everything she wants to say” about the show.
Imagine that! Shop closed, lips sealed, fin. All those years of lore, and Cattrall is just locking it up and closing the chapter, letting an interview with Piers Morgan (of all people) serve as the last public word shell share on Sex and the City. Oh honey.
Origins dove into the show on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, a big milestone for a landmark series. The slew of anniversary content (hint hint, nudge nudge) prompted Parker, Davis, and even Nixon—who has traded performing for politics in recent years—to partake in the publicity rounds once again. Cattrall, however, ha forged her newfound silence, and stayed mum on the topic.
To be honest, its probably for the best that Cattrall didnt participate in the episode, which features plenty of interviews in which folks like Davis, Willie Garson (a.k.a. Stanford Blatch), and Sex and the City show-runner Michael Patrick King each independently lavish Parker with praise. Then again, it would have been darkly thrilling if Cattrall had participated in the episode, sharing her unfiltered opinions on the classic series all these years later. Perhaps its what Samantha would have done.
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The Woman in Black (2012)
This British period horror flick was Radcliffes first major outing post-Potter. Radcliffe starred as Arthur Kipps, a lawyer dealing with the loss of his wife who soon finds himself dealing with a supernatural threat—the titular woman in black. The movie made £14 million in its first three weeks at its home box office, a record U.K. opening for a British horror film.Photo: From CBS Films/Everett Collection.
A Young Doctors Notebook (2012-2013)
Its not often you get to see Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe hang out in a bathtub together, so if nothing else, A Young Doctors Notebook gave that to the world. Radcliffe played the titular young doctor to Hamms older doctor in this delightfully zany series, which was largely well received by critics and ran for two seasons.Photo: From AF Archive/Alamy.
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
In this period flick, Radcliffe took his first movie-length stab at an American accent, playing a younger version of the beloved beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Although his role entailed a much-discussed gay sex scene, Radcliffe said the hardest part was “hitting all those big emotional beats,” and crying when the script called for it.Photo: By Clay Enos/Sony Pictures/Everett Collection.
What If (2014)
By far Radcliffes warmest, fuzziest role came in this rom-com, which finds Radcliffes character Wallace falling in love with a girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). This part, like so many others in Radcliffes career, involved his bare butt—which was a little too much to handle for some fans who still remembered him as Harry Potter. But overall, the movie—and Radcliffe—were insistently adorable.Photo: By Caitlin Cronenberg/CBS Films/Everett Collection.
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Yes, the legendary “farting corpse movie.” This film co-starring Paul Dano was an immediate enigma for those who heard about it outside of Sundance: it inspired both standing ovations and walk-outs. But its visually enchanting, with a warm message that resonated with many viewers. Radcliffe plays Manny, a cheerful, naïve corpse whom Danos character Hank must teach to be human again. The two have great chemistry, and their adventure together is a gaseous odyssey for the ages.Photo: Courtesy of A24.
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
In Now You See Me 2, Radcliffe did a total 180 from the Potterverse by playing the skeptic within another franchises magical universe—a reversal that Radcliffe himself told Vanity Fair he hadnt even thought about.
“The people I admire are always the people that manage to mix it up and do both: do super commercial stuff, and do super weird indies as well,” Radcliffe said. “And thats kind of the career I want for myself.”
A highlight from that experience, Radcliffe added, was working with Michael Caine, whose achievements and reputation he called “the Everest of my own personal aspiration.”
Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate.
This upcoming thriller finds Radcliffes character, an F.B.I. agent named Nate Foster, seemingly in over his head as he attempts to infiltrate a white-supremacist group to stop them from making a bomb. The first trailer was pretty intense, and now fans can finally see whether Nate pulls off the undercover gig—or gets himself killed trying.Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate.PreviousNext
Yohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.