Former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall opens up about her character Samantha Jones’ storyline in reboot sequel show And Just Like That…
Kim Cattrall finally opens up publicly about Samantha Jones’ And Just Like That… storyline. The show, which premiered on HBO Max on December 9, 2021, served as a revival and sequel series to hugely successful HBO comedy-drama show Sex and the City, a staple of ’90s television. Sex and the City followed a group of 30/40-something New York women as they navigated life, love, and friendship in Manhattan. A cultural watershed, the show was praised for exploring difficult, important themes and became a huge success for HBO, spawning two movies: 2008’s Sex and the City, and 2010’s Sex and the City 2.
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The original series ran six seasons and 94 episodes before concluding in February 2004. Cattrall played Samantha, one of the four main Sex and the City characters, in the show as well as the two movies. Despite a public feud with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie, the January 2021 announcement of sequel series And Just Like That… led to renewed hope among fans that Cattrall’s Samantha would return. However, this proved not to be the case, with she being the only one of the original four left out of the revival.
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Speaking in an interview with Variety, Cattrall opens up about her experiences, saying goodbye to Samantha, and the fact she did not appear. And Just Like That… went ahead with the original quartet down to a trio, and despite Cattrall’s absence, the show has continued to refer to Samantha, sending fans into overdrive with speculation about whether she would ever return. According to the star, she has not watched the reboot and was not asked to appear in it, either. Read Cattrall’s comments on the matter below:
I was never asked to be part of the reboot. I made my feelings clear after the possible third movie, so I found out about it like everyone else did – on social media. […] Well, that feels different than the Samantha that I played. […] It’s odd, isn’t it? I don’t know how to feel about it. It’s so finite for me, so it doesn’t continue. I think I would ponder it more if I didn’t have something like “Queer as Folk” or “How I Met Your Father.” That’s kind of where I’m centered around. This feels like an echo of the past. Other than the really wonderful feeling of — it’s rare in my business — people wanting more, especially at 65. That feels powerful, that I’ve left something behind that I’m so proud of. I loved her. I loved her so, so, so much. It’s tough competition. The original show is in all of our imaginations. But for me, [the break] feels clean.
Reviving formerly successful shows and characters is always a risk, and it’s even riskier when one of the core stars is no longer involved. There is no doubt that HBO feels And Just Like That… has been a hit, and the show has already been renewed for season 2, but the general consensus seems to be that the show was suffering from a large, Samantha-shaped hole. How this issue will be addressed again moving forward remains to be seen, but it is likely And Just Like That… season 2 will try to leave Samantha be and focus on the other three ladies.
As for Cattrall, the 65-year-old claims she has not watched And Just Like That…, and has no plans to. Given her acrimonious relationship with Parker and refusal to revisit the role, it feels unlikely she would have any interest in watching. And, since the Liverpool-born star is enjoying success in the form of shows like How I Met Your Father and the upcoming Queer As Folk, Cattrall seems to be doing just fine without Samantha Jones.
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