Sarah Jessica Parker Says 'Sex And The City' Wasn't Meant To Be Empowering

The actress explained to Michelle Pfeiffer that the show was about love instead

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When Sex and The City rocked onto our screens in the 90s, we hadn't seen anything like it.

Women talking about money, sex and abortions? How utterly terrifying!

The highly stylized show, that was 19-years-old yesterday, followed four yuppie women trying to have it all in New York and was nothing short of groundbreaking.

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But it turns out Sarah Jessica Parker, who played protagonist Carrie Bradshaw (slash is Carrie Bradshaw) in addition to the show's producer, thought SATC wasn't actually 'intentionally empowering'.

Like all great forms of art, the show was just attempting to reflect the reality of life.

SJP sat down with fellow stone-cold-fox of the eighties (and now too, obvs) Michelle Pfeiffer for Variety's Actors on Actors segment to have a good old chin wag about all things thespians.

She explained to the star of Grease 2 (when will that movie get the recognition it so deserves?) that 'empowering' was never a word they really brought up - the writers and cast were simply attempting to look at women's lives authentically.

She explained:

Because [Carrie] was a writer, she could ask lots of provocative questions and observe, and the other characters could, as they were archetypes, sort of make choices. It wasn't intentionally empowering, I guess is my point.

The show, essentially, was questioning the status quo by asking, 'What does contentment mean? How do you reconcile the things you want with what you're given? How do Carrie, and her female friendships, how do they find love? It was a time and a place, economically and politically, that allowed for us to tell those stories that way,' said Parker.

The two women also spoke about navigating making choices in their career during motherhood. Michelle Pfeiffer (who has been married to David E. Kelley since 1993 and has two children with) learned that by making rules about when she could work around her children's school year found she became 'impossible to hire'.

SJP has three children herself, with fellow actor Matthew Broderick (of course Carrie married Ferris Bueller). Both of the women found that TV was the best place to act for a woman due to the diversity and flexibility.

If you want to watch two absolute bosses discuss their craft and themselves check this video out:

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