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Oh that’s funny, all four of the women from Sex and the City are on the cover of July’s Marie Claire. It’s so nice to see them again, it’s been so long!

After being #1 at the box office last weekend, the ladies are still EVERYWHERE!!!! I can’t go to the store without seeing them looking back at me, and my coffee table is COVERED with them.

I am happy though that Marie Clare decided to put all four of the women on the covers. I was getting a little tired of mostly Sarah Jessica Parker, no offense dear.

So what’s on the inside?

IN THE BEGINNING
Darren Star (SATC creator):
My idea was that this could be sort of a Mary Tyler Moore Show for the new millennium. It wasn’t about T&A. It would be R-rated, but it had to be funny.

Chris Noth (Mr. Big): It started slow and then it just sort of exploded. All of New York just changed at the same time, really. It all became cosmos and the Meatpacking District. I remember being really sort of in shock and awe.

Kristin Davis (Charlotte): When Time magazine put the four of us on the cover and said, “Who Needs a Husband?” that’s when I thought, Wow. I hadn’t really realized larger cultural connections were being made. Then I was floored.

Willie Garson (Stanford Blatch): It was like being on the Yankees or something.

THE GOSSIP
It was said you were the holdout on making the movie. Why?
Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones):
Four years ago I was going through a painful public divorce, the series was coming to an end, and my father was diagnosed with dementia. I felt it was time to be with my real family. A year-and-a-half ago, when I was sent the script, I was ready and strong enough to revisit Samantha. In some ways, I’m glad we waited. The script and the experience of making the movie was the best possible reunion.

BETWEEN THE SHEETS
Blair Underwood: The first sex scene we had, I was on the bottom, Cynthia’s on top, and she’s doing the whole “ride ’em cowboy” type thing. In fact, they were playing rodeo music.

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IN THE BEGINNING
Darren Star (SATC creator):
My idea was that this could be sort of a Mary Tyler Moore Show for the new millennium. It wasn’t about T&A. It would be R-rated, but it had to be funny.

Kristin Davis (Charlotte York): It was the talk of L.A. that there was a show coming from HBO that was going to have four women in it. That was not a very common thing. And then everyone’s like, “Ooh, New York City!” All the actresses were buzzing about it.

Willie Garson (Stanford Blatch): At the beginning, it was our secret little show that no one knew about. No one was watching; no one had HBO.

Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes): When the show started, it was more bleak, and rarefied, and so New York. Who was this show for? It just seemed like an experiment, really.

Kristin Davis:
We were kind of making it up as we went along. We just wanted to stay on the air. I remember having conversations with Darren about how if we ever got nominated for a Cable Ace Award, we would be so happy, that it would be the biggest deal in the world.

Cindy Chupack (executive producer): On HBO we could use language and show sex without pressure from sponsors — like when we wanted to do an episode about Miranda’s deciding whether to keep the baby or have an abortion. I don’t know how you could have done that on network television as honestly as we did. Have your main character admit that she’d had one? It felt like a luxury that there was no pressure other than what would be true for these characters.

Chris Albrecht (former chairman and CEO of HBO): It wasn’t that we didn’t have pressure. The show was expensive. There was a lot of attention. But no one should try to make a show popular — that’s a foolish endeavor. You try to make a show good.

Chris Noth (Mr. Big): It started slow and then it just sort of exploded. All of New York just changed at the same time, really. It all became cosmos and the Meatpacking District. I remember being really sort of in shock and awe.

Kristin Davis: When Time magazine put the four of us on the cover and said, “Who Needs a Husband?” that’s when I thought, Wow. I hadn’t really realized larger cultural connections were being made. Then I was floored.

Cynthia Nixon: We weren’t on the cover of a women’s magazine; we were on the cover of a news magazine. We were so big that we were news.

Willie Garson: It was like being on the Yankees or something.

THE GOSSIP
It was said you were the holdout on making the movie. Why?
Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones):
Four years ago I was going through a painful public divorce, the series was coming to an end, and my father was diagnosed with dementia. I felt it was time to be with my real family. A year-and-a-half ago, when I was sent the script, I was ready and strong enough to revisit Samantha. In some ways, I’m glad we waited. The script and the experience of making the movie was the best possible reunion.

What about reports of feuds and contract disputes?
Darren Star:
I think you have to draw the line between what’s happening in gossip columns and what’s happening on a set. You can’t create that kind of chemistry. When you do a series for so many years, you can’t fake it completely.

Chris Albrecht: When you’re keeping people for years, you have to continue to pay them more money. Sarah was becoming more and more famous, and her salary increased beyond what was contractually committed, which is normal for hit shows. The other actresses wanted to keep up.

Mario Cantone (Anthony Marantino): Certain people were vilified in some articles, and others were vilified in other articles. It’s interesting how they never write stuff like that about the men on The Sopranos. They always go after the women. They just do.

BETWEEN THE SHEETS
Michael Patrick King:
The first episode I wrote had the scene where they’re all deciding whether Charlotte should let this guy go up her butt. She says, “I don’t want to be Mrs. Up-the-Butt.” When I was writing that dialogue, it was exciting because I knew no one had ever written this before. No one had ever tried to be funny in that area, literally and figuratively. At the table-read, the first time everybody started saying it, Sarah Jessica and Kristin got beet-red and started giggling.

Sarah Jessica Parker: I almost never got over it. But it’s okay at table-reads, because you can have your head down. My hair was always down for table-reads.

Kim Cattrall: Samantha’s sexual appetite has been likened to that of gay men, but I never felt that. I love gay men, but I’m not a gay man. I think she was unique in the way she led her life. She had no guilt and no judgment. That is almost unheard of in America.

Darren Star: These were women who were objectifying men. And it was sort of jarring. Men aren’t used to hearing themselves depersonalized and referred to as Mr. This or Mr. That. I think if you had a show with that sort of locker-room talk from a bunch of guys talking about women, it would be a little “yuck.”

Kim Cattrall: The only time I ever asked for a rewrite was when Samantha was hired by a young girl for her bat mitzvah. Originally, there was a scene where they were comparing fellatio techniques, and I said, “There’s no possible way that a woman, unless she’s mentally ill, could have this conversation with a 13-year-old girl.”

Jason Lewis:
One of the first sex scenes we did was a montage of us having mad-crazy sex. They had one of those 99-different-sexual-positions manuals in the prop department, so me, Michael Patrick King, and Kim looked to see what would be good. Mostly I deferred to the lady.

Kristin Davis: One time [when Charlotte dropped her robe in front of Trey], I mistakenly showed my nipples. But it was a hard scene to shoot, and I had enjoyed that take so much, I said okay. HBO sent me a copy to approve.

Cynthia Nixon: Most of my sex scenes were comic — the dirty talker, the marathon man, the guy who wants to kiss my ass and wants me to do the same to him.

Blair Underwood:
The first sex scene we had, I was on the bottom, Cynthia’s on top, and she’s doing the whole “ride ’em cowboy” type thing. In fact, they were playing rodeo music.

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