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City girl Sarah Jessica Parker reveals 'great actress' may join Sex and and The City reboot

Growing up SJP didn't even have a TV but as SATC's Carrie she brought us ground-breaking telly - here she chats about the new spin-off series and the challenges for Carrie in today's world of bloggers and influencers

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Also returning  are BFFs Charlotte (Cynthia Nixon) and Miranda (Kristen Davis) as the trio navigate life in their 50s

Also returning are BFFs Charlotte (Cynthia Nixon) and Miranda (Kristen Davis) as the trio navigate life in their 50s

Also returning are BFFs Charlotte (Cynthia Nixon) and Miranda (Kristen Davis) as the trio navigate life in their 50s

Sarah Jessica Parker became a household name playing shoe lover and straight talker Carrie Bradshaw in the hit series Sex and the City. And to the delight of fans she is now set to return as Carrie in spin-off series And Just Like That.

Here the 56-year-old star and producer reveals how she cannot wait to be reunited with the two returning members of the SATC cast and what challenges may lie ahead for Carrie in today's world.

Mag+: First of all, can you tell us anything about your return as Carrie Bradshaw in And Just Like That?

SJP: I'm not trying to be coy, I'm really not, but I don't know anything yet - nothing that I can share that is meaningful at least.

One of the many things that I am excited about is being back with Cynthia and Kristin on the streets of New York. We're heading in with large ideas and arcs, and it's very possible that a great actress will join us and she will have a huge impact.

We will want to be with her more, and audiences will want to see her more. I don't have anything to share yet except that I am very excited.

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Sarah Jessica Parker is back as Carrie Bradshaw in SATC reboot And Just Like That.

Sarah Jessica Parker is back as Carrie Bradshaw in SATC reboot And Just Like That.

Sarah Jessica Parker is back as Carrie Bradshaw in SATC reboot And Just Like That.

Mag+: How will Carrie react to bloggers, influencers and the way they have changed the world of fashion in the new show?

SJP: I'm not sure. That's a question that Michael Patrick King and the writers are puzzling over right now as they write this next chapter.

I'm sure a lot of it she would object to but I think there is a part of her that would love to see other people appreciate and enjoy fashion as much as she does. I'm very curious to see how the writers tackle that because we have to talk about it.

Mag+: Carrie's style remains iconic. What is it like to be such a huge part of that?

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Carrie became renowned for her iconic looks like this one from film SATC2

Carrie became renowned for her iconic looks like this one from film SATC2

Carrie became renowned for her iconic looks like this one from film SATC2

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SJP: All I can say is that Patricia Field is a wonder, her entire team is a wonder. What they did became a huge part of the storytelling of Sex and the City. You can rehearse and rehearse but it's the fitting where everything comes together because what you wear plays such an integral part of figuring out who you are. I think Sex and the City is an example of that.

Mag+: The new show is a product of your own production company's partnership with HBO. How did that come about?

SJP: Well, after spending so much time on Sex and the City with HBO, it just felt peculiar to walk away from what had become such an important and professional home for me when the show ended.

Thankfully the people at HBO were very hospitable to the idea of a company within the company and I am really excited about producing more television that I feel HBO is uniquely equipped to do. It's hard to remember what HBO was when Sex and the City and The Sopranos started but it was a very different, male-dominated network.

It was pretty much about sports events and some scripted shows. I really wanted to stay there because I love the way we get to make television. It's very special and very unlike other places.

Mag+: What made your time on Sex and the City so special?

SJP: I was very much allowed to grow over that period of time, to love television. I grew up without a television, I didn't have one for most of my childhood, so it was a special time for me. I loved the pace of it, I loved the limitations and I loved what it could do that cinema couldn't - keep telling someone's story.

I also had the opportunity to work with an amazing woman, (producer) Alison Benson. We've been in partnership for 16 years now. She is extraordinary, smart, inspired and tireless and so good about story.

Mag+: You are also busy with your shoe line SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. How did that come about and why did it take you so long given Carrie's association with shoes?

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Sarah has finally launched her own shoe collection

Sarah has finally launched her own shoe collection

Sarah has finally launched her own shoe collection

SJP: When Sex and the City ended, a bunch of people asked about working in the shoe industry. It was intriguing, I understood why and it made perfect sense but every time I looked at the business model it was for shoes that were going to be very, very affordable but poorly made.

On principle I just didn't feel good about the exchange. I felt honour bound to be part of something that was well made and that maybe changed the way we look at pricing.

I also wanted to make shoes that I wanted to wear and that I knew would last. If somebody gives me their hard-earned dollars, I want them to go back to their closet in five years and the shoe to still be relevant, still fit and still feel good.

I just couldn't find that kind of partnership back then.

Mag+: Some might be surprised to see you working on the shop floor...

SJP: I love it. I meet people from all over the world. I learn about people's lives, their children, their illnesses, their family losses. It's a really nice relationship.

Mag+: Would you say life is slowly starting to get back to normal for you now after lockdown?

SJP: I think there's promising glimmers. It's been a deeply, profoundly sad time but there are signs that we are on the road to a more familiar situation.

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