“Sex and the City” is one of the most famous female-led series of all time. The HBO series, which ran from 1998 to 2004, was adapted from Candace Bushnell’s book anthology of the same name. As most fans know, the protagonist, Carrie Bradshaw, was written as a fictionalized version of Bushnell herself. Of course, this raises questions about her opinion on the series. In October 2021, she spoke about “Sex and the City” and made headlines by claiming the series was not feminist. The writer explained that despite its revered status, the series itself presents a disturbing moral: get the dude. Bushnell, a divorcee, felt that Carrie “landing” Big went against the friendship-centric narrative that defined the series.
“The reality is that looking for a man may not be the best long-term economic choice,” Bushnell said. “Men can be very dangerous to women in many different ways. We never talk about it, but that’s something women need to think about: There’s a lot less you can do … if you have to rely on a man on a TV show and the message ended up not being very feminist.”
She added: “But this is TV. This is entertainment. That’s why people shouldn’t base their lives on a television show.” Despite her disapproval of the show’s ending, Bushnell doesn’t appear to have any grudges toward “Sex and the City” or its revival. The author added, “HBO is going to make money from this. They’re going to take advantage of it… Of course I’m going to watch it… I hope it runs for six seasons.”
Candace Bushnell considered playing Carrie Bradshaw
At first, Candace Bushnell resented the inability to get away from the “non-existent Carrie Bradshaw.” However, the further she gets from the end of the successful series, the more she deals with her legacy. Interestingly, Bushnell once considered taking a more active role on Sex and the City. It’s hard to think of a word that Carrie Bradshaw and Sarah Jessica Parker aren’t synonymous with. However, the writer revealed that Parker had reservations about playing her now-iconic role.
“After she shot the pilot, she didn’t want to do it,” Bushnell explained on an episode of Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef. She added, “And I think at one point they said I should have played the part. And now I’m like, ‘Yeah, I should have played the role.’ But then they convinced her to do it.” While Parker nailed the role, Bushnell would have seen a fictionalized version of herself play it, which would have made for an interesting take on the series. On the podcast, Bushnell also shared that she was between the long workdays and cutthroat nature of the business decided that television was not for her.The freedom she was given in writing and performing on stage allowed her to be more creative and fulfilled.
While Bushnell expressed some regret that she didn’t play the role herself, she doesn’t appear to be angry with Parker for playing Carrie. In fact, not getting the role allowed her to step out of Carrie’s shadow — she’d probably be stuck somewhere if she’d both played and written the character.
Candace Bushnell remains friends with a Sex and the City star
Given their similarities, it stands to reason that Candace Bushnell and Sarah Jessica Parker could have a lot in common. However, the author revealed that she’s only friends with one Sex and the City alum: Kim Cattrall. “Certain relationships come with a period of time,” Bushnell told the New York Post in 2021. “I’m friends with Kim Cattrall. I saw Cynthia Nixon in the Hamptons. Not the others.
While Bushnell didn’t name Parker, the claim that Cattrall is her main boyfriend from the show seems to suggest that real and fictional Carrie Bradshaw aren’t best friends. For those who don’t know, Parker and Cattrall famously feuded during the production of “Sex and the City.”
As a result, Cattrall directly stated that she was done with the bad girl drama. Her character of Samantha Jones was notably left out in the revival series And Just Like That. Cattrall has expressed a clear disinterest in the franchise, telling the Daily Mail, “You learn lessons in life and my lesson is to work with good people.” Though she has never publicly despised Parker as of this writing, Bushnell’s friendship with Cattrall seems more so or less to confirm where their allegiance lies.