Sarah Jessica Parker was part of my weekly routine during her Emmy award-winning run on Sex and the City.In real life she is always upbeat, and has been keeping busy with her family and career.
She was on Oprah 5/18/07 to promote her new clothing line Bitten—her own low-price, high-fashion line available exclusively at Steve & Barry’s stores. Everything in the collection comes in sizes 2–22 and costs less than $20!
This fall, we can also look for Sarah Jessica on the big screen in a film with Dennis Quaid and Thomas Haden Church. “It’s called Smart People and it’s a really great, smart movie about love and the complications of being an adult and making decisions. And it’s about really smart people who are complicated,” she says. “I’m really, really excited about it. It was a really great experience.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
On her son James Wilke
“He’s unbelievable,” she says. “He has a lot of questions about science and gravity.” Sometimes, Sarah Jessica says, she leaves answering those up to his dad, Matthew Broderick. “My husband, who is a real brainiac, can take over.”
Like many of us we Sarah Jessica knows that the answers we give our children are extremely important. “You’re forced to think a lot about what you’re saying and how you’re saying it and even the tone,” she says.
How she tells him where babies come from
“He asked me where babies come from,” she says, “and you find yourself saying, ‘You know, your papa will be home at 6:00, and he’s far better equipped to discuss that particular part of your body than I am.’”
What are his passions?
She talked about how James loves superheros, music, and theater, but is curious about social issues. For example, about what being gay means. “His school is a school in New York City and so there’s people that have children who have two mamas and two papas, and so it sort of authentically happens, this conversation,” she says. “You think very carefully and you’re prudent about the choice of words, and then you talk about people looking for happiness and fulfillment in their life and how all families are different and look different.”
We’ve seen the many photographs of Sarah Jessica taking James to school in NYC. Being able to be there for him is important to her. “I’m one of eight children and my mother is extraordinary and we didn’t have any help of any kind,” she says. “But I think what it is, is that what distinguishes it from a job outside the house is it’s the sort of skills that it takes.”
Sarah Jessica on mothering skills
“It’s people skills, but imagine that compounded, like, when you really need your people skills at your weakest, most vulnerable, your most tired, you [can] call upon skills that no one else in the corporate world would ever be able to summon, because it’s your child and because [your reactions] basically inform everything they’re going to do for the rest of your life.”
On being a stay-at-home-mom
“It’s incredibly, incredibly difficult. And I’m so admiring of people who have more than one and do it well,”