‘Sexually-Charged Behavior’ Almost Caused Sarah Jessica Parker to Quit Sex and the City

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Sarah Jessica Parker almost left the set of Sex & The City over inappropriate sexually-charged behavior from a ‘powerful actor’ involved in the show.

Parker played a sex columnist named Carrie Bradshaw on the popular show from 1998 to 2004, along with co-stars Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall.

The romantic comedy-drama is set in New York City and follows the four women exploring Manhattan’s dating scene.

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Parker Recalls Countless Experiences of Men Behaving Inappropriately

While discussing the #MeToo movement in a recent interview, Parker recalled her countless experiences involving men behaving “poorly” and “inappropriately” on set, including on the set of Sex & The City. According to Parker, even as a headlining star and producer of the show, she still experienced inappropriate behavior from male actors.

The behavior of one “very big, big movie star” made Parker so uncomfortable that she almost left Sex & The City for good.

Parker Almost Left Sex & The City Over Actor’s Conduct

According to Parker, she immediately went to her agent. She didn’t feel like she was able to properly convey just how uncomfortable the situation was making her, or how inappropriate it was. Parker’s agent at the time let producers know that if she continued to feel uncomfortable, she would be leaving the show and would not return.

When speaking about this incident, in particular, Sarah Jessica Parker does not name the star who behaved so inappropriately. According to her, she feels like reporting him would not have changed his behavior, stating that he was already a “formed person.”

Parker says that looking back at her experiences, she never felt entirely in a position to speak out or go to a superior, no matter how modern she thought she was. And even when she was just as powerful as the man who was behaving inappropriately, she still didn’t feel as powerful as him. Looking back now, though, Parker knows that she had every right to speak out.

The #MeToo Movement Helped Parker Recognize Countless Experiences

Parker explained that it was the #MeToo movement that caused her to start recognizing the countless experiences that she had in her career, and all of the ways that she “made it possible to keep coming to work or to remain on set.”

Anyone with internet service has seen the hashtag #MeToo. The #MeToo movement emerged in 2017 in response to the many sexual misconduct allegations made against Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Hollywood. Many other famous actresses, including Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Charlize Theron, came out with their own stories of misconduct and abuse.

The movement became widespread with women from all walks of life sharing their stories and speaking out.