Kim Cattrall is outstanding in her portrayal of Samantha Jones on Sex and the City. Her role as the liberated PR woman has won the hearts of millions across the globe, and she will forever go down in history as one of the most iconic characters on TV. But according to Cattrall, there was an element to her character’s fate in the finale that she couldn’t get on board with. Here’s why the actor wasn’t all too happy with Samantha’s final storyline in the series finale.
Kim Cattrall initially rejected the offer to play Samantha Jones
According to the Mannequin star, she had initially turned down the offer to play the bombshell New Yorker. According to the book Sex and the City and Us, she didn’t feel confident enough to take on such a sexual role while in her 40s. When she was cast, she admits that she had never seen a character her age portray such a sexy role.
Yet Daren Star, the series producer, was able to persuade her into it. He told Cattrall that the role practically belonged to her. Finally, she was convinced, and played Samantha Jones with pride.
And according to Cattrall, Samantha helped her get through her 40s.
“She helped me get through my 40s because when I started the show, I was 41,” she said in an interview with the Boston Herald. “You know they always accuse Hollywood of ageism, but I found that I was doing that to myself. Because I was really questioning if I could indeed play a woman who was that sexual. I’m not kidding you.”
She continued, saying, “People started to look differently because of shows like Sex and the City about 40. Now to have one of your main characters at the end of a big Hollywood movie say, ‘I’m 50, and I’m fabulous,’ it really gives me a lot of hope for the next decade.”
Kim Cattrall didn’t like her character’s fate for this particular reason
According to Cattrall, she didn’t love the fact that Samantha ends up in a monogamous relationship in the series finale. The whole point of her character is that she doesn’t need a man or a romantic partner to feel fulfilled. Yet, the finale suggests that this is what she has secretly been looking for all along.
This left Cattrall feeling skeptical of Michael Patrick King’s script.
She said during an interview with the Collider,
“You know, at the end of the series, I was really skeptical that Michael had left her in a monogamous relationship. I knew that was not going to last that much. I so knew it! (laugh). And to see her trying to be somebody else really wrenched my heart. Poor girl. She gave up her business, and her friends. She moved to the West Coast for a maaaaan? And he is not even that cute! (laugh).”
Darren Star also hated the finale of ‘Sex and the City’
Cattrall wasn’t the only person who questioned the Sex and the City series finale. According to the Sex and the City producer, Star, he thinks the final episode betrayed what the show is all about.
“I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage,” he said, according to Sex and the City and Us. “Not that they can’t. But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That’s what had made women so attached.”
“At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy,” he concluded.