Kim Cattrall says it's 'odd' the 'Sex and the City' franchise continued without Samantha_freckle removal clinic

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Kim Cattrall graces the cover of Variety for its Power of Women issue. (Photography by Jill Greenberg for Variety)
Kim Cattrall graces the cover of Varietyfor its Power of Women issue. (Photography by Jill Greenberg for Variety)

In true Samantha Jones form, Kim Cattrall is holding nothing back about her post-Sex and the Citylife.

As part of Variety’s Power of Womencover story, Cattrall, 65, spoke at length about what really happened behind the scenes of her hit HBO show, if she’ll ever return to the role and where she sees the franchise going.

"I turned it down three times," she said of her role as Samantha Jones in the original HBO series. "I didn't think I could do it. At 42, I really didn't think I could pull it off. I finally said, 'You're making a mistake here.' We did the pilot — it was good but it wasn't there. And then it started to find its way."

She continued, "I realized, because I'd never done a series before, the more you play the character, like in theater, the more you add to it and change. I remember one day, a laugh came out, and I thought, 'Holy s***, that's great. Sam just got a new laugh.'"

The actress, who made it abundantly clear in interviews that she was done playing Samantha after famously turning down a script for the third Sex and the Cityfilm, explained in more detail why she walked away from the franchise.

"It's a great wisdom to know when enough is enough," said Cattrall, who has yet to watch the show's revival, And Just Like That…."I also didn’t want to compromise what the show was to me. The way forward seemed clear."

"I haven't deserted anybody," she explained. "Can you imagine going back to a job you did 25 years ago? And the job didn't get easier; it got more complicated in the sense of how are you going to progress with these characters? Everything has to grow, or it dies. I felt that when the series ended, I thought that's smart. We're not repeating ourselves. And then the movie to end all the loose ends. And then there's another movie. And then there's another movie?"

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