‘Sex and the City’ Creator Darren Star First Offered Kristin Davis the Role of Carrie Bradshaw

Darren Star and Kristin Davis attend the Vanity Fair party for the 2010 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador in Washington, DC.
Darren Star and Kristin Davis attend the Vanity Fair party for the 2010 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador in Washington, DC. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

It’s hard to imagine any other actress other than Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City — but her costar Kristin Davis was actually a runner-up for the role.

The series’ creator, Darren Star, opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the process of choosing the four women to star on the show and shared his belief that Davis could’ve played the main character. Star revealed that since Parker, 53, was on the fence about doing a TV show at first, he asked Davis to consider reading for the role of Carrie.

Kristin Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the "Gardeners Of Eden" Special Screening at Norwood Club on May 5, 2015 in New York City.
Kristin Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the “Gardeners Of Eden” Special Screening at Norwood Club on May 5, 2015 in New York City. Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images

When Davis, who played Charlotte York in the hit HBO series, first received the script for the show before her audition, Star wrote her a letter asking her to give the protagonist role a shot. The Couples Retreat star, 53, turned it down after reading Carrie’s description, which said she had “the body of Heather Locklear and the mind of Dorothy Parker.”

The Melrose Place alum revealed that she thought she would never have a body like Locklear’s and although she thought Carrie was “fantastic” she knew she wanted to play Charlotte, even if she started off as a recurring character and not a series regular.

Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones, was also indecisive about committing to a TV role at first. Star cast actress Lou Thornton for the role but later convinced Cattrall to join the series instead, and Cynthia Nixon also signed on to play Miranda Hobbes to shake off her past as a child star. Once the Divorce actress agreed to be on the show, the four actresses headed to Manhattan in June 1997 to shoot the pilot.

Sex and the City aired for six seasons from 1998 to 2004 and the actresses reprised their roles in the 2008 film of the same name and its sequel in 2010.

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Close popup

Welcome to In Motion

Bring photos to life with Us Weekly's exciting new mobile experience!

What's In Motion? Tell me more

What's In Motion?

Go back

How to Use In Motion

What's In Motion? Tell me more