28 May

May 28, 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker, 45, as the needy romantic Carrie Bradshaw, may hog the limelight as the face of Sex And The City, but the show isn’t complete without the strong support from Kim Cattrall, 53, Kristin Davis, 45, and Cynthia Nixon, 44.

In fact, the three tend to outshine Parker.

Curvaceous Cattrall provides major sex appeal as a man-eating businesswoman while Davis, who had a breakthrough playing a villain in the 90s TV show Melrose Place, is the sweet-natured one. Nixon portrays the workaholic who tries to balance career, marriage and motherhood.

Here, the three actresses talk about reprising their characters for the umpteenth time in the sequel Sex And The City 2, filming on location in Morocco and, of course, the even more fabulous fashion.

What exciting things are you bringing back to Sex And The City 2?

KIM CATTRALL: We’ve been so fortunate as actors to play these characters over such a long period of time.

It’s kind of a dream because the more you play a character, the better you know it, and the better it gets infused with parts of you.

For me, the storylines that happen with the four girls just gets deeper and richer, and much more fun.

In this movie, it’s really nice to have moments of really crazy, all-out physical comedy for my character, and also to have really touching moments of support and love for these four women who truly define a family.

KRISTIN DAVIS: I think my favourite thing about reprising Charlotte would be working together with everyone again.

It’s such a rare experience to work with a group of people for this long. Like the characters, we’ve all really grown together over the years.

CYNTHIA NIXON: I think the most exciting thing about returning to Miranda now is how she’s evolving.

Look at who she was in the beginning, always so bitter, suspicious, cynical, defensive and quick to anger.

And when we pick up on her now, she is really a fairly happy wife and mother. Her career is still very important. I won’t give it away but she has some trouble with her career in this film. But I really feel like it’s a mark of how Miranda has evolved.

What was it like shooting in Morocco?

CATTRALL: It was really long (laughs). I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco because it has such mystique about it.

It’s so different from our world, which is about windows and open air, and this is all sequestered and forbidden. You come into the Medina, which is sort of the marketplace, and then behind these hidden doors are these amazing homes, rijads, and they have these tiny little doors.

Also, we don’t live in the desert in New York, so I guess that has something to do with it. But I have found this different than any other experience I’ve ever had. Very foreign and very exotic.

There’s a sort of kindness there that I felt with the people at Marrakesh. I really enjoyed it. I think it has added a lot to the movie. Wherever you go, there is the feeling of other-worldliness that we would not have got on a soundstage.

NIXON: We all flew into Casablanca, and then we took cars to Marrakesh where we were for the majority of filming.

But right after we got to Marrakesh, we immediately got on a plane and we flew to Erfoud, which is this amazing unspoiled desert, with all these dunes, as far as your eyes can see.

Often there were no roads, so we were in cars that would go off road.

Driving to work every morning for 40 minutes, with no highway, just over the sand, was challenging, yet amazing.

It was so beautiful to see this unspoiled land. We have all seen it so many times in films like Lawrence of Arabia.

But when you see it in person, you feel like you’re in a movie, you feel like you’re on a set. Even though it is right in front of you, you almost see it as a postcard.

How does the cast support each other?

DAVIS: We’ve been through a lot together. We can turn to each other and say, ‘Remember that time at five in the morning on Sixth Avenue on a Friday night in 1998 when…’ and we all totally get it.

We’re like a family. We’re completely different people, but I think that is a reason that it works. We have each other’s backs and we rely on each other. Even just walking down the street in our five-inch heels, you have to know that the person to your right or to your left is going to catch you if you fall, which happens sometimes.

NIXON: My daughter turned 13 during the filming of this movie, and she was eight months old when we did the pilot.

I feel like we’ve all been through a lot separately and together. We really love each other, and we really support each other.

We’ve never had an experience like this film. It was so much fun. We had adventures, we went shopping, we ate dinner together and we took trips. For both the actors and the crew, it was such a bonding experience.

What was it like working with costume designer Patricia Field again, and what kinds of fashion can we expect?

DAVIS: Pat thinks outside of the box and that is what we love about her. She always likes to push the envelope and she has some quite creative ideas, especially for our trip in this movie.

Sex And The City has such unbelievable support from designers. The things that are made available to us – it’s jaw-dropping!

There’s an entire wall of bangles, a room of fine jewellery, a room of costume cuffs, two walls of scarves…it’s like playing in the best closet that was ever created!

When we go on our trip, the colours change. They were bolder, brighter and have more patterns. And I have some big hats, which Pat always loves.

CATTRALL: It’s interesting to have worked with Pat for over 12 years now. She has new ideas every single time.

I think we wanted to step back (a little) and make it a (bit) more real. The costumes are just so colourful and outrageous and over the top, but there’s less huge, chunky earrings and rings for Samantha.

We decided instead with my costume and with the hair and make-up, to do fabulous fingernails to make this an accentuation of Samantha.

The fashion is just more detailed, a little more refined, and I really liked that.

NIXON: I think Pat has the idea that Miranda is a very East Side lady, even though she lives in Brooklyn. Miranda has the money, the haircuts, the jewellery, the clothes, the shoes and the bags.

In the part of the movie that takes place in the Middle East, we had to still have our kind of fashion forward sense but make it be realistic.

We couldn’t be dressed so provocatively that it would have been beyond the pale in the Middle East, particularly for my character, who really has done a lot of research and is very up on the social mores.

The NewPaper

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