Sarah Jessica Parker talks 'The Carrie Diaries,' 'Girls,' and high heels

By Danielle Fredette,

In the newest issue of Net-a-porter's online magazine, Sarah Jessica Parker opens up about the CW's prequel to Sex and the City and how years of wearing high heels have left her feet deformed.


When asked how she feels about the CW's new show The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to the hit show Sex and the City in which AnnaSophia Robb plays a young Carrie Bradshaw, Parker says, “I’m not sure… You know, I think it’s one of those tests of your generosity. She [Anna­Sophia Robb] is a lovely girl and I want her to feel good about it, but it’s… odd,” reports Net-a-Porter.

Parker revealed that most of her career required wearing high heels all the time, and in cases like I Don't Know How She Does It, she had to wear cheaper quality heels to suit her character. "For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and never complained. But then I did I Don’t Know How She Does It, and I was very thoughtful about my whole wardrobe and said, you know, [Kate Reddy] could not afford really good footwear. So I got [lower priced] shoes and the bottoms weren’t leather, they were plastic, so I slipped a couple times, twisted my ankle."

She continued, "I went to a foot doctor and he said, 'Your foot does things it shouldn't be able to do. That bone there... You've created that bone. It doesn't belong there.' The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost. It's sad, because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, 'You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop – and don't put cheap shoes on us?'"

The interviewer also relates Sex and the City to the new HBO series Girls, created by Lena Dunham, and how the female empowerment displayed in SATC might have influenced it. Parker says, “HBO was very encouraging of the beyond-camera role I played, and I feel that had we not done it, I don't know that would have existed for Girls. It's a such a different way of thinking and it's not conventional,” reports Net-a-Porter.

Dunham was also asked about the comparison between her show and Sex and the City in an interview with Claire Danes for Interview magazine. Danes said, "I really liked Sex and the City. I love all those actresses, and I think the writing was really clever. But it was aspirational, and it was escapist."

Dunham replied, Totally. And not just in terms of lifestyle—I kind of also felt like it was aspirational about friendship. Like, I love the friendships that you see in Nancy Meyers' movies, but for me, that kind of friendship is elusive. I feel like a lot of the female relationships I see on TV or in movies are in some way free of the kind of jealousy and anxiety and posturing that has been such a huge part of my female friendships, which I hope lessens a little bit with age."

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