Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker’s drama won’t go away

Friendships sometimes do go out of style.

Sarah Jessica Parker is standing by her claims that there is “no catfight” between her and former “Sex and the City” co-star Kim Cattrall — but there’s a lot of proof that drama does exist.

Parker, 52, who played the cosmopolitan-swilling Carrie Bradshaw on the show, discussed her rapport with Cattrall, 61, in a recent interview with Vulture.

“I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it… I’ve always held Kim’s work in high regard and always appreciative of her contributions,” she said. “If she chooses not to do the third movie, there’s not a lot I can do to change her mind and we must respect it. That’s the only thing I’ve ever said about it, you know?”

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Despite portraying half of the BFF foursome on “Sex and the City” from 1998 to 2004, the pair’s strained real-life relationship has played out in public in the ensuing years.

Rumors of a rift between the two swirled from the start with tussles over salary negotiations — and who was the bigger star.

Here’s a look at SJP and Cattrall’s relationship falling apart at the seams:


Cast members from HBO’s “Sex and the City,” from left, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker are shown in a scene from the show in this undated promotional file photo.


End of the show

As “SATC” was ending its six-season run, Cattrall told British talk show host Jonathan Ross that she had asked for $1 million per episode to be on par with SJP and wasn’t met with a “yes.”

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“I felt after six years it was time for all of us to participate in the financial windfall of ‘Sex and The City,'” she told Ross. “When they didn’t seem keen on that I thought it was time to move on.”

Cattrall had reportedly been paid $350,000 per episode previously, while Parker — the show’s lead star and the executive producer — was banking more.

The first “SATC” movie was supposed to begin production shortly after, but it was halted due to the salary negotiations.

It seemed the distance made its way to the award circuit because at the 2004 Emmys. Parker and co-stars Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon were all sitting near each other, while Cattrall was nowhere in sight. The trio was also pictured snuggling up at the afterparty, sans Cattrall.

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Cattrall later told The Telegraph that that the co-stars’ on-screen chemistry didn’t linger off-screen.

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“Are we the best of friends? No,” she said. “We’re professional actresses. We have our own separate lives.”

‘Sex and the City’ movie

The first “Sex and the City” movie came out in 2008 — and salary negotiations again soured the friendship.

“Honestly, we are all friends and I wish I saw more of Kim,” Parker told The Telegraph. “She mentioned money, and no one should vilify her for it. People made a decision that we had vilified her. No one bothered to say (to the rest of us), ‘Are you disappointed by not making the movie?’ Yes. ‘Do you respect and support her choice to not do it?’ Absolutely.”

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In the same interview, Cattrall defended her decision to push for more money for portraying Samantha.

“I was going through a divorce and my job of seven years was coming to an end. Then my dad was diagnosed with dementia,” she said. “So I took a step back and returned to Canada, where my family is — that’s the reason behind it. It wasn’t all about the money.”

Chris Albrecht, the former CEO of HBO, alluded at the time to Parker’s salary becoming more than what was “contractually committed,” adding that the other actresses “wanted to keep up.”

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Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2004 Emmys afterparty.

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Speaking to Elle in 2009, Parker downplayed the feud rumors.

“I don’t think anybody wants to believe that I love Kim,” she said. “I adore her. I wouldn’t have done the movie without her. Didn’t and wouldn’t.”

‘Sex and the City 2’

In May 2010, the second “Sex and the City” film hit theatres.

Cattrall was seemingly on SJP’s side in an 2010 interview with The Daily Mail, noting: “I think Sarah was right: people don’t want to believe that we get on. They have too much invested in the idea of two strong, successful women fighting with each other. It makes for juicy gossip and copy.”

“The truth of us being friends and getting along and happily doing our jobs together is nowhere near as newsworthy,” she continued. “I think Sarah is fantastic… She and I are sick of this. It’s exhausting talking about it, and a real bore. Next?”

Parker did hint at some drama, however, in an interview with Elle ahead of the release of “Sex and the City 2.”

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Sarah Jessica-Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon pose as they arrive at the UK premiere of “Sex and the City 2” in Leicester Square, central London, on May 27, 2010. 

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“There are times when all of us have been sensitive, and sometimes feelings get hurt,” she told the mag. “But I don’t have any regrets about how I’ve treated people.”

No third movie

Cattrall declined to reprise her role as Samantha Jones in a third big screen installment, which has brought back all the news of the friends-turned-foes across the gossip mags.

She told The Daily Record in 2016 that her reasoning for not returning was the change in climate — and the cast’s respective schedules.

After it was reported she wasn’t coming back as Samantha, things just got out of hand about how the two wouldn’t deal with each other.

The two have continued to attribute their drama and frequent feuding to the media attempting to pit strong women against one another.

“This sort of narrative, this ongoing catfight, it really upset me for a very long time,” Parker told Howard Stern in 2016.

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes and Kristin Davis as Charlotte York in “Sex and the City 2.”

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes and Kristin Davis as Charlotte York in “Sex and the City 2.”

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Cattrall told Piers Morgan in 2017 that the castmates were “never friends.”

“I’ve moved on, this is what my sixties are about, they’re about me making decisions for me, not my career, for me. And that feels frickin’ fantastic,” the 61-year-old said.

True drama

“It’s over… we’re not doing it,” SJP told Extra in September 2017 of the long-anticipated third movie. “I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s … disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience.”

In an explosive bout of drama that disproved any notion that the two women were ever friends at all, Cattrall flipped out in the wake of her brother’s death about Parker’s condolences.

After learning the tragic news, Parker issued a statement that said: “Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx.”

Cattrall called the comments insincere and labeled her co-star “cruel” and a “hypocrite.”

“Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend,” Cattrall wrote on Instagram.

“My Mom asked me today ‘When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?” she wrote in response. “Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now.”

Parker later told Entertainment Tonight this week that she just wanted Cattrall to know she was in her thoughts.

“If somebody in your life, whether you’re in touch with them or not, (is) suffering for any reason, it’s involuntary that you want to convey condolences or sadness or just let someone know you’re thinking about them,” she said.

Cattrall has not weighed in on the drama since her brother Chris’ death in February.

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