In a turn of events arguably more dramatic and interesting than anything that ever happened on their hit show, Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall have made their private tensions very, very public.
Rumors abound for years that that the actors, who played two of the four best friends at the center of the long-running HBO smash, had a less than cozy relationship behind the scenes. That tension, the story goes, increased following the second-season departure of original series creator Darren Starr, who turned it over to Parker ally Michael Patrick King. When the series ended, it reportedly took big money to convince Cattrall to make the two Sex and the City movies, and even a big check couldn’t convince her to do a third one – though a script had been written and her co-stars had signed on.
“I’m disappointed,” Parker said when the project finally died last fall. “We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.” The subtext wasn’t hard to parse – she was throwing shade at Cattrall, and rumors of her salary demands. Cattrall fired back on Twitter, “The only ‘DEMAND’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film….& that was back in 2016.”
Now Cattrall is again airing her grievances on social media. The issue at hand is the recent death of her brother Chris; at an event for her new series Divorce, Parker expressed sympathy for her former co-star, noting, “If somebody in your life, whether you’re in touch with them or not, is suffering for any reason, it’s involuntary that you want to convey condolences or sadness or just let someone know you’re thinking about them.”
Cattrall, to put it mildly, wasn’t hearing it:
Soooooooooooo, yeah. Happy Monday, everybody!