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.
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 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.
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.
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
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."
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 OK. 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.
The whole interview (which you can read HERE) is a really great read. At this point, I'm still not over the hoopla surrounding the movie. I've already enjoyed seeing it a couple of times and wouldn't mind seeing it again. I may hold off for a while, tho ... there are other movies to be seen. Thankfully, there seems to be no shortage of magazine interviews like this Marie Claire one to read to tide me over. [Source]