“Sex and the City” was a cultural whirlwind of a show that portrayed women’s friendships on a new level. The women Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda were best friends in the HBO sitcom, but real life didn’t always reflect what was onscreen. Some of these stars were at each other’s necks behind the scenes. Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw and Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones had some high profile feuds through the years.
Parker and Nixon, who played Miranda, were friends for years. They were both members of the Off-Broadway theatrical troupe Drama Dept. They quickly became close to Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte. When Cattrall joined the girls, sources said it wasn’t the same. Some said she tried to steal scenes. Cattrall became close to the series creator and producer, Darren Starr. When he left, he was replaced by Parker’s good friend, Michael Patrick King. Sources said Cattrall was isolated and felt alone on set.
One issue that started the feud between Parker and Cattrall was salary. Parker got a higher salary than the other women, and Cattrall didn’t like it. According to friends, she thought her character was just as special as Parker’s. She asked for a salary increase from $350,000 to $1 million an episode. After six years, Cattrall said she thought they should be on the same page. HBO executives said the reason Parker got a higher salary was that she was a star of the show as well as an executive producer.
The women came together claiming they didn’t have an issue with one another. They only had great things to say about one another when they were doing press for their second movie. They both explained that people want to pit the strong women against each other. They said it was just for gossip. They claimed the truth was they got along great. In 2016, Parker wished Cattrall a happy birthday on social media leading people surprised. Parker said she had no problem with Cattrall at the time.
The third movie dispute
The world seemed to dream of a third SATC movie. Parker did confirm the movie was happening, then she had to take those statements away. She explained there was an amazing script, but everyone was not on board. Cattrall denied it was her fault. Sources said she demanded things that actually stopped production. She denied this saying she never wanted to even do the third movie. She pushed the issue by telling Piers Morgan that Parker could have been nicer about the whole thing.
Cattrall’s personal loss
When Cattrall lost her brother in 2018, Parker took to social media to wish her family well. Cattrall took it as a way for Parker to continue her “nice girl” persona. She explained on her own social media that Parker was not her family or her friend, so she needed to stop exploiting her tragedy for her own personal gain. Parker told Andy Cohen this hurt her, and she did not realize there was an issue.