Sarah Jessica Parker says time stood still the first time she met her twins Marion Loretta and Tabitha Hodge, who were born via surrogate in June 2009.
"Meeting your children rather than giving birth to them, it's as if, um, it's -- suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone. It's as if everything else disappears for a moment, and the world goes silent and -- I can't explain it except to say that nothing else existed," the actress, 45, tells the May issue of Vogue.
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"I don't remember anything but the blanket on the bed that they were lying on and my husband's face and their faces and my son's," adds Parker, who is also raising son James Wilkie, 7, with her husband, Matthew Broderick. "It's literally as if sound is sucked from the room. Time stands still. It's so different, and equally extraordinary."
Parker has said she regrets leaving her kids to film Sex and the City 2 -- but admits to Vogue that making the movie was a blast.
And forget reports of drama on set.
"We four women, despite I guess what a lot of people hope, have never been better," she says of her co-stars Kim Cattrall (Samantha), Kristin Davis (Charlotte) and Cynthia Nixon (Miranda).
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"This movie -- and maybe it's because we actually lived together -- it was the best!" continues Parker, who taped in New York and Dubai. "We were together all day long, at night, in the restaurants, in our hotels. It was wonderful."
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Parker says she and her co-stars will discuss aging in the sequel.
"We're still playing -- uh, I don't know how old Carrie is! Is she about 42 now? I think Carrie's younger than I, and Miranda and Charlotte are younger than they are in real life," she says. "Samantha was always the older lady, so she's 52 now and talks a lot about what comes with that. In the movie. Talks about menopause. Comedically."
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In real life, Parker isn't as high maintenance as her character Carrie Bradshaw.
"We painted our patio furniture ourselves... I make my children's food myself," she says. "We put together their high chairs ourselves; we do a lot ourselves! We do our own grocery shopping, we go to the market ourselves, you know? I do my laundry."