Sarah Jessica Parker's life reads like an exhausting exercise in over-achievement, but she's so darn humble that it would take a really mean girl to loathe her for it, which makes her the perfect candidate to play Kate in the film adaptation of Allison Pearson's international bestseller, I Don't Know How She Does It, a book that anticipated the Zeitgeist back in 2002, when Parker was still playing Carrie Bradshaw, with its hilarious but achingly (despairingly, even) real commentary on modern motherhood.
“Bradshaw’s life is nothing—nothing—like mine,” she tells US Vogue. “I loved playing her, and it changed my life in lots of wonderful ways, but I’m not a crazy shoe lady, I don’t think about fashion all day long, although I have a great respect for the industry. Every choice we’ve made has been different, but with Kate I really understood the attempt at a life.”
Parker fantasises about going to the theatre or ballet every night and reading the paper on the beach in the morning with her husband Matthew Broderick, but entertains these Bradshaw-esque ideas only occasionally between managing her multiple real-life commitments: galas at the Met, Unicef functions, raising money for New York public schools with Caroline Kennedy, playing with her children in the park, starring in films, multiple business meetings...
"It’s potentially my fatal flaw that I do not give up on something," she says. "I will not rest. I work and work and work until I can no longer and someone has to remove me from the premises."
Read Eve MacSweeney's profile piece here.
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