Earlier this week, I headed over to NYC’s 92nd Street Y to see Sarah Jessica Parker in conversation with public radio show host Leonard Lopate.
During the 75-minute chat, SJP talked about her childhood, balancing work and family and, of course, Sex And The City. When Lopate asked how she manages to juggle her personal and professional lives, she said (to thunderous applause)–
“I’m a woman. If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.”
To keep work from encroaching on family time, SJP told the crowd she and hubby Matthew Broderick rarely run lines together. Which meant, during the SATC years, she was often learning the next day’s script on her way home.
Speaking of SATC, SJP admitted she was reluctant to do to the show at first, because she didn’t want to commit to a long-term series.
“I did think maybe nobody will watch it and…that will be good,” she said. “ But from the second episodes, I never looked back. It was such a unique experience to play that kind of character for so long. I think I miss that.”
When it came to shoot SATC’s finale, SJP wanted to be surprised so she didn’t the read the last scene’s script until five minutes before shooting it. Lopate asked if she had a hand in Carrie choosing Big.
“No,” she said. “But there was no choice to be made. It was the choice.”
Of her passion for doing varied work as both an actor/producer and entrepreneur, SJP admitted part of it stems from not going to college.
“I already regretted it. That’s why I love to learn, and New York is a city filled with lessons every day.”
After SJP, I managed to catch the tail end of Hoda Kotb’s book signing. I’m happy to report the popular Today Show anchor is both friendly and beautiful in person.
She chatted amiably with everyone, gladly posing for photos and hugging at least one fan who was overcome by meeting her. A true class act.
Coming up…rethinking NYC’s lopsided male-female ratio and the answer to a popular question about my European Dating Blitz.