Samantha and Carrie were besties in the groundbreaking HBO series, Sex and the City. But their real life relationship is not a case where art imitates life. Although recent accounts of Kim Cattrall (Samantha) throwing some serious shade Sarah Jessica Parker’s (Carrie) way shocked fans, the animosity is nothing new.
Parker sent her condolences to Cattrall when her brother recently died. But her well wishes were met with a snide tweet. “I don’t need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker.” What happened to the love between Samantha and Carrie? Signs point to an old-fashioned power struggle, but one heartbreaking reason could be the key.
Cattrall claims she was never friends with the cast
Kim Cattrall said she was never friends with the cast. | Francois Durand/Getty Images
Cattrall insisted in several interviews that her relationship with the cast was solely professional. “We’ve never been friends,” she told CNN. “We’ve been colleagues and in some ways that’s a very healthy place to be because then you have a clear line between your professional life and relationship and your personal.”
Next: But Parker saw things differently.
Parker thought they were one big happy family
Sarah Jessica Parker was not on the same page. | Max Nash/AFP/Getty Images
Parker never indicated there was trouble in paradise. She made that point clear after the HBO series wrapped, and the gang did a few movies. “I don’t think anybody wants to believe that I love Kim,” Parker told Elle. “I adore her. I wouldn’t have done the movie without her. Didn’t and wouldn’t.”
Next: And sometimes Cattrall echoed Parker’s sentiment.
Cattrall flip flops
Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker appeared to be on good terms. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
Cattrall acted flummoxed when asked about a feud with Parker. “I think Sarah was right: People don’t want to believe that we get on,” Cattrall told Daily Mail. “They have too much invested in the idea of two strong, successful women fighting with each other. It makes for juicy gossip and copy. The truth of us being friends and getting along and happily doing our jobs together is nowhere near as newsworthy.”
“I think Sarah is fantastic,” she continued. “She is a born leader and she guides the crew and the cast in such a strong but gentle way. She and I are sick of this. It’s exhausting talking about it, and a real bore. Next?”
Next: This might be one big reason for the feud.
Money and power can ruin a relationship
Kim Cattrall didn’t feel like she was getting a fair deal. | Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
Tensions possibly began during the second HBO season of Sex and the City, The Telegraph reported. Apparently, Parker was named executive producer and received a salary bump, which did not sit well with Cattrall. She tried to negotiate more money, which annoyed the cast and crew. During the Emmy Awards, none of the cast or crew would allegedly sit with Cattrall.
Next: And then came this bombshell.
Cattrall didn’t have kids because of Sex and the City
Kim Cattrall put her career first. | Stephen Chernin/Getty Images
The 61-year-old actress recently told Piers Morgan her grueling work schedule stopped her from starting a family, Daily Mail reported. ‘That was my early 40s and I had just started filming Sex and the City, the chances of getting pregnant with these procedures was [referring to IVF], everyone was talking about it,” Cattrall told Morgan.
“How could I possibly continue to do that, especially in my early 40s? And then I realised what a commitment it was just to the procedures,” she continued. “I thought I don’t think this is going to happen. It was the first moment, it was extraordinary, in my life where I thought maybe I’m just not going to do this.” During the interview, Cattrall reiterated that she was not friends with Parker.
Next: But Parker seems confused.
Parker doesn’t understand Cattrall’s beef
Sarah Jessica Parker said there was no fight. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Parker told People she was disappointed the movie wasn’t going to happen and never responded to Cattrall’s “hurtful” interview with Morgan.
“We had this experience and it was amazing, and nothing will ever be like it. We had a connection with an audience, and we had a connection with the city and with this crew, and we got to tell these crazy stories with each other,” she said to People. “So I don’t want to mess with that. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing that part. So there was no fight; it was completely fabricated, because I actually never responded. And I won’t, because she needed to say what she needed to say, and that is her privilege.”
When Cattrall’s brother died, Parker claims to have privately reached out to Cattrall (and expressed her condolences on social media). But Cattrall had nothing but nastiness for Carrie Bradshaw, saying to Parker on Instagram, “Your continuous reaching out is a very painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend.” Ouch.
Next: There’s no bad blood between this other Sex and the City star and Cattrall.
Cattrall’s response to Cynthia Nixon was different
Kim Cattrall reacted differently to Cynthia Nixon’s message. | Mark Mainz/Getty Images
Interestingly, Cattrall accepted Nixon’s condolences and replied to her without the hostility she had toward Parker. She wrote, “Cynthia, hearing your voice meant so much to me. Thank you for reaching out. Love Kim #SexandtheCity.”
Next:Another Sex and the City star has chosen a side.
Jason Lewis says he’s on Team Sarah
Here’s what co-star Jason Lewis had to say. | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images
Jason Lewis played Cattrall’s longtime love in the series and first movie as Smith Jerrod. But he’s chosen a side, and it’s not Team Kim. During a Feb. 22 appearance on KTLA, when Lewis was asked about the ladies’ feud, he admitted he was on Team Sarah.
“If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all,” Lewis said. He added, “Listen, I have to say that Sarah was always just so lovely and such a consummate professional and I think that people should remember their graciousness and the things that have been given to them.”
When the anchor asked whether he was definitely on Team Sarah, Lewis replied, “I might just have to say yeah.”
Next:These other biggest Hollywood feuds will shock you.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
The Notebook. | New Line Cinemas
Together, they might have made one of the most beloved and iconic love stories in recent history, but the once real-life couple didn’t always have such great chemistry. On the 10th anniversary of The Notebook, director Nick Cassavetes revealed that the two didn’t get along on set, with their relationship becoming so tumultuous at one point that Ryan Gosling asked to have Rachel McAdams removed from the set.
He told VH1:
They were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, “Nick come here.” And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, “Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?” I said, “What?” He says, “I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.”
The two ended up going into a room with a producer and had it out, leading to (mostly) smooth sailing for the rest of the film. They must have eventually worked things out, as the two dated off screen from mid-2005 to mid-2007.
Next:Who couldn’t get along with Bill Murray?
Bill Murray and Lucy Liu
Bill Murray and Lucy Liu didn’t get along while filming Charlie’s Angels. | Sony Pictures
You might be wondering, “Who in the world doesn’t get along with Bill Murray?” Lucy Liu, that’s who, and it sounds like it might be for good reason. According to reports, Murray insulted the actress on set during the first Charlie’s Angels. He actually stopped a scene to point to Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Liu and remarking (in that order): “I get why you’re here, and you’ve got talent … but what in the hell are you doing here. You can’t act!” Ouch. Liu responded by trying to punch Murray, and the two eventually had to be separated into different corners of the room.
Due to their feud, Murray refused to take part in the Charlie’s Angels sequel. Bernie Mac ended up taking over the role.
Next:Leonardo DiCaprio and this beauty weren’t even close to being a perfect couple off screen.
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio
Romeo and Juliet weren’t actually lovers in real life. | 20th Century Fox
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio brought Shakespeare to the big screen in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film adaptation, Romeo + Juliet. But the young, on-screen lovers didn’t have as much affection for each other in real life. Danes reportedly found DiCaprio, an apparently avid prankster on set, immature and childish and actively ignored him. Meanwhile, DiCaprio allegedly found Danes too uptight. This constant clash in personalities meant that the two rarely spent time together off set.
They almost ended up working together again on the movie J. Edgar, when Danes was up for the part of DiCaprio’s secretary. She ended up turning it down for her lead role in Homeland. Wise choice!
Next:Julia Roberts did not enjoy her romantic comedy with this famous actor.
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte
I Love Trouble | Buena Vista Pictures
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte may have played a couple in the 1994 rom-com, I Love Trouble, but the only sparks that were flying in real life were the angry kind. Rumors of discontent began circulating before the movie even aired, claiming that Roberts didn’t like Nolte’s chauvinistic attitude and often derided it. Meanwhile, Nolte would allegedly purposely agitate her. So much for keeping things professional! It got so bad that the two ended up working more with stand-ins than with each other.
Their feud continued well after the movie was over. In 2003, Roberts called Nolte a “disgusting human being,” to which he responded, “It’s not nice to call someone ‘disgusting.’ But she’s not a nice person. Everyone knows that.”
It’s now been over two decades since the movie, so maybe they’ve let it go — or not.
Next:Even Star Wars had some Hollywood drama.
Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels
R2-D2 and C-3PO | 20th Century Fox
R2-D2 and C-3PO might be close characters on screen, but the Star Wars actors behind them couldn’t be more distant in real life. The feud reportedly first started when Kenny Baker attempted to say hello to Anthony Daniels one morning and Daniels turned his back on him, saying he was in the middle of another conversation.
“I was blazing with rage. It was the rudest thing anyone had ever done to me. I was furious. It was unbelievable,” Daniels said of the encounter, per Hollywood.com. Not to mention their robotic costumes didn’t exactly lend themselves to conversation.
Next:Tyrese Gibson never wants to work with this popular actor again.
Tyrese Gibson and James Franco
Annapolis | Buena Vista Pictures
James Franco and Tyrese Gibson worked together on the film Annapolis, which isn’t exactly one of the most memorable films of either actor’s career. But apparently, the memory of working together is still vivid enough that Gibson felt the need to comment on it during a Playboy interview in 2007. “I never want to work with him again, and I’m sure he feels the same way. It felt very personal,” he said.
Franco responded to this statement during an interview with Complex magazine, insisting that he had nothing personal against Gibson. “We’ve made up, or I tried to make up with him. Maybe I was too into that role. I don’t try to be mean to anybody on a movie,” he said.
Next:Both of these actresses have a reputation for being difficult.
Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine
Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine | Paramount Pictures
Both actresses have reputations for being difficult, but their behavior during the production of the beloved, Oscar-winning drama, Terms of Endearment, was notoriously bad. They reportedly hated each other so much that they got into physical altercations. Reports at the time blamed Debra Winger’s erratic behavior — which apparently included her lifting her skirt and breaking wind at Shirley MacLaine — on her alleged cocaine use.
Adding fuel to the fire? Both were nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress (and MacLaine won, leaving Winger not so happy).
Next:The police had to get involved with these two actors on set.
The two have seemed to put aside their differences since then, with Foxx appearing on LL’s Todd Smith LP. The duo also performed together at the Hot 97 Summer Jam in 2006. “When you’re grown, you don’t really have time for all that [beefing],” Foxx said of their past feud. “When you’re young, it’s cool to have your emotions on your chest. But we’re grown now.”
Next:This feud with Will Smith just won’t die.
Will Smith and Janet Hubert
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | NBC
Janet Hubert brought her long-standing feud with her The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Will Smith back into the spotlight in a viral January 2016 video. In the clip, she claimed that Smith refused to help her and other co-stars negotiate for a pay raise during her time on the show. The ensuing tension reportedly resulted in Hubert leaving the sitcom in 1993 after three seasons.
The two traded insults in the years after Hubert’s exit, with Smith once quoted as saying, “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show.”
Daphne Maxwell Reid took over the role of Aunt Viv for The Fresh Prince’s final three seasons.
Next:It’s not too surprising that someone had an issue with Charlie Sheen.
Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair
Anger Management | FX
Selma Blair played Charlie Sheen’s girlfriend Kate Wales on the FX comedy Anger Management for two seasons before getting fired in June 2013. Sheen reportedly kicked Blair off the sitcom after she complained about the star’s work ethic (or lack thereof) to the show’s producers.
Laura Bell Bundy replaced Blair as the new female lead of the show in August 2013.
Next:Even Channing Tatum has been involved in a feud.
Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer
Magic Mike | Warner Bros.
Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer played good friends in 2012’s Magic Mike, but the two weren’t as close in real life. Tatum apparently didn’t like Pettyfer’s bad attitude on set, and the bad blood only intensified after Pettyfer reportedly failed to pay rent to a friend of Tatum’s, whose apartment he was staying in at the time.
Pettyfer himself spoke out about the on-set problems in 2015, taking his fair share of the blame for the feud. “It’s true. Channing Tatum does not like me — and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault,” he said.
Next:The tension between these two ladies were just as bad as imagined.
Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth
Beverly Hills, 90210 | Fox
Jennie Garth got real about the long-standing feud between her and her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty in 2014. In an interview with E! News, the actress not only confirmed that rumors of the on-set fighting were true, but also divulged that the tension was just as bad as you may have imagined.
Next:This actress left the show when things got too heated.
Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion
Castle | ABC
Fans of ABC’s popular series Castle were left shocked when it was announced that Stana Katic would be leaving the show in 2016, following the end of Season 8. The news was quickly followed up with multiple reports of behind-the-scenes tension between her and co-star Nathan Fillion.