Sarah Jessica Parker juggles motherhood and a red-hot career as she finishes filming the second Sex in the City movie and promoting her new flick Did You Hear About the Morgans? The 44-year-old Emmy Award-winner talked to Parade about her children – twin daughters Marion and Tabitha, 6 months, and son James, 7 – life as a Hollywood mom and the vast differences between her new baby girls.
On life with the twins: “It’s sort of beyond description. It’s a very, very lucky, wonderful time in our lives that we have these two darling little girls and we’re very happy. They could not be more different. It is hilarious, one of my daughters is round-headed and she has my complexion. She’s olive, she has big brown eyes and she is literally constantly looking around and reaching out. I mean, I don’t know how she manages to sleep. My other daughter is like my husband, Matthew. She is white-skinned with little blue bedroom eyes and red hair. She’s very serious and slightly withholding and aloof.”
On the privileges of being a Hollywood mom: “I honestly think there are millions and millions of working mothers who have far more demanding days and the rewards are nowhere near what I’ve been given. They don’t have the kind of help that I have if I need it. I’m allowed to be a working mother because frankly, I can leave my child with someone I trust and love and a lot of mothers can’t do that.”
On still being worries the second time around: “I don’t think you worry less in general. I think I’m still woken in the middle of the night by some horrible thought that I’ve conjured in my brain. Every time there’s a visit to the pediatrician, I worry. Is everything all right? After my son was born, if he’d cry or something, I’d just walk up the stairs to his room. Now, I’m running up and down the stairs like a lunatic, barely holding on to the banister.”
On finally working with Hugh Grant: “I think I remember auditioning to co-star with Hugh in Four Weddings and a Funeral. I think I did. I know I screen-tested for Nine Months. Of course, I didn’t get either. I have wanted to play opposite him in a romantic comedy for basically as long as Americans, especially women, have known and loved Hugh Grant.”
On being fashion-challenged: “If I’m not working, I’m really just wearing whatever is right to get out of the door. I take my son to school in the morning. When it’s freezing outside, I’ve got to convince him to put a hat on and boots on and he resists. By the time he’s dressed, I just have time to grab anything handy and run out the door. I also have two daughters in diapers who are drooling, teething and spitting up. You don’t want a designer outfit in that situation. So you just wear what’s appropriate to be a mother.”
On if there will be a Sex and the City five, or maybe six?: “Oh good God, we’d come in with walkers. Oh, I hope not, for all of America’s sake. I mean, we’re lucky to have been able to manage to run around in heels on the sequel. So we’ll see what the future holds, but this one has been really fun.”