The reason why the Sex And The City cast hated each other

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It's perhaps no secret that Sex And The City stars Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker (and Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis to a certain extent) don't exactly get along.

Unless your definition of getting along involves calling each other out on Instagram.

And now the executive producer of the hit TV series, Michael Patrick King, has lifted the lid on the real reason behind all this bad blood.

Strap yourselves in because there's gonna be ~drama~. 

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Origin podcast, King revealed that the icy relationship between Cattrall and Parker began right back to the show's beginning.

Since Parker's character, Carrie Bradshaw, was the most recognisable name during season one, the actress landed the biggest pay cheque. This didn't sit well with Cattrall, who fought for parity status on the show when it began to get super popular.

“The show doesn’t exist if Sarah Jessica wasn’t the blonde star of the show, that’s number one. Kim was not at the height of her career, Kristin was under her in terms of notability, Cynthia was a theatre actor — and their contracts reflected that status.

“Kim fought and said, ‘I’m everyone’s favourite.’ … (Parker’s) name was contractually, legally, righteously, the only name on the poster due to the fact that she was a movie star in 1998 when the series started and she did a leap to do a show about sex on (HBO), the channel that did the fights, and it doesn’t matter how popular you are.

“I guess for Kim it didn’t matter how much the raise became if there was never parity, but there was never going to be parity.”

King also said this meant that while Parker, Davis, and Nixon became close on the show, Cattrall never really fitted in with her co-stars.

“As the show progressed, the characters, everybody grew, it became a family. Kristin, Cynthia and Sarah Jessica became one group, and Kim never joined mentally.

Referring to Cattrall's comments about working on Sex And The City and her co-stars in the years after the show ended, King said that she concocted a "revisionist history" of that period.

“People do things, they make stuff up based on what they want to tell themselves.

“All I know is that show was spectacular for everyone involved. It was a spectacular success and you have to work very hard to make that Sex and the City story be something that was not good for you, and for some reason, Kim thinks something happened to her on that show that was not good for her.”

So yeah, it seems like there was a bit of behind-the-scenes drama after all (unsurprisingly).

With no sign of Cattrall making amends with Parker or the rest of her Sex And The City co-stars any time soon, it appears that the rumoured third SATC movie is probably not going to happen then, especially since Parker said she can't "imagine doing another movie without [Cattrall]". 

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