Sarah Jessica Parker Thinks Women Today Are "Cruel": Sex and the City Was a "More Innocent Time"

Celebrity News Feb. 28, 2014 AT 8:30AM
Sarah Jessica Parker on the April 2014 cover of Harper's Bazaar Sarah Jessica Parker on the April 2014 cover of Harper's Bazaar. "I think so much reality television -- and the women that dominate culture today -- are pretty unfriendly towards one another," she says.

Somewhere in the world, Carrie Bradshaw is shaking her head. Sex and the City's beloved leading lady Sarah Jessica Parker, who covers British Harper's Bazaar's April 2014 issue, believes Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha were part of "a more innocent time."

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"I think so much reality television -- and the women that dominate culture today -- are pretty unfriendly towards one another," the 48-year-old star, perhaps nodding at the Real Housewives franchise and other reality hits, told the fashion mag. "They use language that's really objectionable and cruel and not supportive. I like to remember that Carrie and the other woman in Sex and the City were really nice to each other."

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HBO's smash series, which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004, chronicled the lives of four single girlfriends living in Manhattan. Through career transitions, numerous relationships, and immeasurable unexpected scenarios, the quartet shared an admirable enduring friendship on the show, which spawned two feature films in years 2008 and 2010.

"She was a really good friend," Parker noted of her character. "That's why they can forgive those very apparent flaws and selfishnesses. She was a deeply devoted friend, and I think women really respond to that kind of connection," she said of Bradshaw's fans. "I think we all want it, we all work towards having it, and we're not always the very best friends we can be."

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Unlike many stars today, Bradshaw told Harper's Bazaar she refuses to search for herself on the Internet. "I don't read anything. I don't Google myself. Good God, no! I have absolutely no constitution for that," she told the mag. "I'm curious about everything, except what people have to say about me. It's the random cruelty I really don't understand," she noted of online haters. "It's not good for us. I don't know, you know, how we go back in time to a better place."

The Manhattan resident, who shares three kids with husband Matthew Broderick, also revealed the honest (not-so-glamorous) secret to her 17-year marriage. Quoting Gwyneth Paltrow's late father Bruce, the actress replied, "I'm almost scared to tell you… but someone asked how he stayed married all these years and he said, 'We never wanted to get divorced at the same time.'"

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"Now everyone will think there was a period at which we did want to get divorced. But you stay married because you want to be there, despite everything. I don't know, it seems like it's just as deserving of effort as anything else is, certainly a career. I guess we both want to be in it," she shared.

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