Kim Cattrall comes clean
Kim Cattrall is currently appearing in the widely acclaimed Meet Monica Velour and phoned us to exclusively talk about the film and her life on screen including that priceless character Samantha from one of our favorites, Sex and the City.
It is not simply her film work Kim Cattrall is calling us about. She is also the spokeswoman for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
Besides being continually fabulous, Cattrall is most recognized for her work as Samantha on the Sex and the City TV series and the two big screen efforts of the Candace Bushnell classic. In her latest role, she plays the title character, Monica Velour, a woman dealing with the issues of getting older in a world that treasures youth.
Kim Cattrall chats
SheKnows: What was the most wonderful aspect of making Meet Monica Velour?
Kim Cattrall: You know there was a sense of freedom there that I'd never experienced before. And it's just like letting go or something. Maybe it was embracing my age in the form of the character. It was one of those moments in your life where you just take a deep breath and just let go. I think that part of that is as you get older there is a fear that sets in about where your career is going to be and the marginalization has already begun [laughs].
SheKnows: [Laughs] How so?
Kim Cattrall: It begins when you're forty, maybe even sooner now. I got to gain 20 pounds of weight! There was this great opportunity of being more of myself and playing a character who was as real as I've ever gotten a chance to play. That was great to bring all those colors and those details and play somebody who was in that place. She wasn't always sweet and lovely and saying the right things. She's a complicated animal. She's not always likeable, but you understand I got behind the fact that she was fighting for custody of that daughter and it was her mantra. It was her need. Everything fell into place when I got that.
SheKnows: You made a commercial for ICBINB and your director was from Sex and the City. Did that help things?
Kim Cattrall: Oh yes, absolutely. This trust that happens is spending time together. You can't substitute that. You know that you are both on the same page. You're feeding each other ideas. She's coming up with ideas that she knows she's capable of. It was really a very lovely experience -- just give and take to a good end. It was fun.
SheKnows: With the character you played on Sex and the City, you've kind of become a role model for women. Does that come naturally or have you grown into it?
Kim Cattrall: You know it's weird. I think that at times it comes totally out of nowhere having this platform to talk about women in their 40s and 50s. Role model or not, I like to choose roles that I think support women. What I like to infuse in the characters that I play is dignity. And that dignity is around being a woman and also passing that on. I want to pass it in good shape, not tattered, worn. I want to pass it on with intelligence and the courage to continue the good fight for women. That was the great thing about Sex and the City, women were getting out to see this half-hour series and the movie to really learn more, to become this unit, a family.