Co-stars give their opinions on the vicious feud between Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker
While Sex and the City hailed a new age for women's sexual liberation, alongside focusing on female friendships - a narrative that is often neglected in portrayals of women in film and television - it appears that the actors behind the cult HBO television show weren't so chummy off-set. Far from being the brunch buddies that we have come to know and love, the real-life counterparts of Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones and Charlotte York reportedly had strained relationships - but judging by last week's media storm, no one as much as Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.
One of Parker's Divorce co-stars has jumped to her defence, after she was branded as "cruel" by Cattrall in a biting Instagram post that publicly disparaged her co-star for a message sent after the passing of her brother, Chris.
Kim Cattrall's 55-year-old brother, Christopher, went missing earlier this month and was later found dead on his rural properly in Alberta, Canada, according to local law enforcement. After his death was announced, the actor took to Instagram to thank her fans and co-stars for their support. "I would like to thank my fans, friends, and my #SexandtheCity colleagues for the outpouring of support for myself and family over the past 72 hours," Cattrall wrote.
This message was evidently not aimed at one former co-worker, however. Later, Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, posted an image on Instagram which read: "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker."
"My mom asked me today 'When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?,'" Cattrall wrote in the caption of the photo. "Your continuous reaching out is a 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. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."
Parker, who bagged the lead role of Carrie Bradshaw 19 years prior, had, after Cattrall's first post, posted on social media, writing "Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx."
However, Molly Shannon, who plays alongside Parker on the HBO series Divorce, has leapt to her defence, deeming her "Hollywood royalty", and countering Cattrall's claim that she was "cruel".
"I didn't read about that but I know, for me, Sarah is just so supportive and so wonderful and we just get along so well," Shannon said on Entertainment Tonight.
Returning to Divorce, she continued "It doesn't really feel like work because we have so much in common, and she loves funny women and is just so genuinely supportive and kind, and, like, a girls' girl."
As can be expected, fans, as well as the cast and crew of Sex and the City, were taken aback by Cattrall's assertion. Parker, herself, has historically countered claims that there was tension on-set. In an interview with Howard Stern in 2016, the 52-year-old stated, "It used to really confound me and really upset me because we were part of a family of 'Sopranos' and nobody ever questioned the relationships of the men on that show."
"No one ever said to them 'Did you hang out this weekend with each other?" or 'Did you give each other Christmas presents?'" she added.
However, a rather different picture is painted in the article that Cattrall linked to in her scathing Instagram post. The piece, entitled Inside the Mean-Girls Culture that Destroyed 'Sex and the City', argues that Cattrall has, on multiple occasions, been strategically portrayed as the "villain" by her fellow actors.
The article reports that not only was Cattrall repeatedly left out by her colleagues - who quickly formed a tight bond - but that she was also wrongly cited as the reason why Sex and the City 3 fell through. Cattrall's purportedly "unreasonable" salary demands became front-page news after Sarah Jessica Parker took to Instagram to speak of her "disappointment" that the feature wasn't going ahead.
In response to the rumours, Cattrall spoke to British journalist and television personality, Piers Morgan. "The answer was always no," Cattrall said. "I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects. To be thought of as some kind of diva is ridiculous."
She then informed Morgan that she doesn't know when she last spoke to her co-stars, and that no one reached out when reports started circulating about her holding up the venture.
"Nobody ever picks up the phone and tries to contact you and say, ‘How you doing?’ That would have been the way to handle it. This is, it feels like, a toxic relationship.
"The common ground that we had was the series and the series is over. Sarah Jessica, she could have been nicer, she could have in some way. I don’t know what her issue is, I never have."