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Sarah Jessica Parker: Women Today Are “Cruel”

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

(Harper’s Bazaar UK)

Sarah Jessica Parker says reality television is “cruel” and that her own iconic show “Sex and the City” represented a “more innocent time” in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Reflecting on her Carrie Bradshaw character, Parker believes that women liked her because “she was a really good friend.”

“That’s why they can forgive those very apparent flaws and selfishnesses,” explains the actress. “She was a deeply devoted friend, and I think women really respond to that kind of connection. I think we all want it, we all work towards having it, and we’re not always the very best friends we can be… It’s kind of surprising to say, but in a way [Sex and the City] was a more innocent time.”

How so?

Parker continues, “I think so much reality television – and the women that dominate culture today – are pretty unfriendly towards one another. They use language that’s really objectionable and cruel and not supportive.”

“I like to remember that Carrie and the other women in Sex and the City were really nice to each other,” adds the star.

As for her celebrity, Parker tries to ignore a lot of the press about herself.

“I don’t read anything. I don’t Google myself. Good God, no! I have absolutely no constitution for that,” she tells the magazine. “I’m curious about everything, except what people have to say about me. It’s the random cruelty I really don’t understand. It’s not good for us. I don’t know, you know, how we go back in time to a better place.”

How has she managed to keep her long Hollywood marriage to Matthew Broderick healthy?

Parker reveals, “Bruce Paltrow [Gwyneth’s father] had a great quote. I’m almost scared to tell you… but someone asked how he stayed married all these years and he said, ‘We never wanted to get divorced at the same time.’”

“Now everyone will think there was a period at which we did want to get divorced. But you stay married because you want to be there, despite everything,” she explains. “I don’t know, it seems like it’s just as deserving of effort as anything else is, certainly a career. I guess we both want to be in it.”

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