“Sex and the City” alumni Kim Catrall talked about the difficult choice she had to make between motherhood and her career at the time of her third marriage.
1998 was a pivotal year in actress Kim Catrall’s life, and it led to decisions that would impact her future. 1998 was the year that Catrall, then 42, married her third husband, Mark Levinson.
Coincidentally, it was also the year that Cattrall landed the role of her career as the sexually confident Samantha Jones who feels everything once in the now iconic HBO television series “Sex and the City.”
Cattrall revealed that by the time she started filming “SATC” she and Levinson were discussing having children, and the actress was considering undergoing IVF.
However, faced with a 19-hour daily filming schedule for the show, Cattrall gave up on the idea. The time-consuming and costly treatments required for IVF would be incompatible with his work schedule.
Like so many women, Cattrall made the painful decision between motherhood and career. She realized that in addition to the temporary demands for IVF treatments would come the desired pregnancy and the needs of a baby. He revealed:
“My Monday morning will start at 4:45 am and go at one or two in the morning. How could I keep doing that?”
Cattrall admits that she channeled her maternal impulses into mentoring promising young actors
The series would continue for six seasons and would end in 2004, which was also the year she divorced her third husband, Mark Levinson. Cattrall and Levinson’s divorce was caused by the show’s demands on its time. Cattrall was never home and the marriage fell apart.
Unfortunately, when “Sex and the City” ended, and Cattrall could have had a more normal life, the marriage was already in crisis. Levinson and Cattrall co-wrote a book, “Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm”, published in 2002, based on their experience as a couple.
NOT A MOTHER BUT A MENTOR
Cattrall admits that she channeled her maternal impulses into mentoring promising young actors and into her relationship with her grandchildren and grandchildren. He revealed:
“I thought I had a place to be a mom here, not a biological mom but a mom, aunt and friend.”
“SATC” COSTARS ARE NEVER FRIENDS
Fans will be surprised to learn that the warm supportive relationship portrayed in the series between characters Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes hasn’t spilled over into real life.
Cattrall revealed that she and Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon have never been friends, despite having worked so closely for six years. He has declared:
“We have never been friends. We’ve been colleagues and it’s somehow a very healthy place to be. “
A hint of the tension between Cattrall, Parker and Davis came at the 2004 Emmy Awards where the three actresses sat together at a table and Cattrall sat alone. The reason for the tension was that Cattrall believed that the success of the series warranted a pay rise.
The four actresses would go on to collaborate on two spin-off films: “Sex and the City” in 2008 and “Sex and the City 2” in 2010. Rumors have circulated about a third film, but Cattrall won’t. be part of the cast, due to the toxic relationship that continued to worsen between her and Parker.
PLANS OF THE THIRD FILM CANCELED
Plans for the third film “Sex and the City”, which was supposed to be shot in 2016, have been suspended indefinitely. Stories surfaced that the producers had shelved the project due to pressure from Cattrall for more money and a request to Warner Brothers to buy its developing TV projects. Cattrall responded, saying:
“I never asked for money. I have never asked for any projects, being thought of as some sort of diva is absolutely ridiculous. “
In 2018, Cattrall took a hit when her brother Christopher took his own life. At the time, Parker reached out to Cattrall and her gesture was harshly and very publicly rejected on social media by the actress.
Cattrall pointed out to Parker that she had never been “nice” to her or her friend and that her attempts to use personal tragedy to rehabilitate her image as a “good girl” were in bad taste. A 2020 reunion of the cast of “Sex and the City” seems to have left the relationship between the two women unchanged.
Cattrall said she is now 60 and refuses to spend even an hour of her time in a situation she doesn’t like. It has been said that Sharon Stone will be seen as her replacement as Samantha Jones if the studio decides to make the third film “Sex and the City”.
Cattrall is now in a relationship with boyfriend Russell Thomas, with whom she has been dating for four years and with whom she is quarantined at her home in Canada.
Thomas is also an actor and best known for his work in the “Supernatural” and “Fringe” series. The couple met while working in the UK and reconnected upon their return to the US. Cattrall is beaming and has revealed that she has never been happier.