Check out what Sarah Jessica Parker has to say about her new movies (yes, she spills Sex secrets!), her style and her newly expanded family!
“It’s been amazing but complicated because of my current work schedule, which I have enormous regrets about. I want to be a great mother, and I want to feel good when I’m at work. But it is hard,” Sarah Jessica Parker admits to Glamour magazine in their January issue about balancing her filming and family obligations. The Did You Hear About The Morgans star sparkles on the cover in an Oscar de la Renta sequin bolero and equally killer Christian Louboutin pumps. Quite glamorous for a woman who finds her style icon status “hilarious.” To hear more from SJP (did you know she loves cashmere jeans?!) and hear about Sex and the City 2‘s uplifting plot, read the rest of the Glamour interview below!
GLAMOUR: You’re promoting your new film, Did You Hear About the Morgans? Why did you want this role?
SARAH JESSICA PARKER: In all sincerity, Hugh Grant. I did do a movie with him years ago [1996’s Extreme Measures]. I don’t recall any real interaction with him, because I was working on a play in New York and would fly to do my scenes and fly right back. I understand that I allegedly played opposite him. [Laughs.]
GLAMOUR: So let’s get to your next film project: Sex and the City 2. How has Carrie evolved?
SJP: The first movie had a lot of sadness in it, and it was very brave about breaking the rules of romantic comedy. This one is very much the antidote for that: It’s a romp. It’s about the idea of women’s and men’s roles in marriage, and old traditions versus new ones. The story is really fun, but it’s also about something.
GLAMOUR: The married couple you and Hugh play in The Morgans is going through a rough patch. What’s the most important ingredient for getting through a tough spot in a marriage?
SJP: I never really talk about this because too many [people] speculate about my marriage, anyway!
GLAMOUR: Well, I think movies present a romanticized ideal of love. But you don’t get to see what happens after the film ends. What does love look like once you’ve been in a long-term relationship?
SJP: I think when you are younger, you get swept away by grand gestures…. When you have children and years invested, it’s much more complicated. It’s the day-to-day stuff: the kind of parent you are, the kind of partner you are. It’s the little and big things as opposed to just the big things. But you are not meant to know that when you are younger, so I don’t think anybody should regret the choices they made in their twenties.
GLAMOUR: And now you’re a new mother again. Congratulations, and what’s it like?
SJP: Nothing can really describe what it’s like to have two new little girls. It’s been very different than when James arrived, since our family expanded in an untraditional way. We didn’t plan on having two, but were doubly blessed, and it’s been just wonderful. [Tabitha and Marion] just turned four months old today! One would prefer to be held 24 hours a day, and the other is already suffering from type A issues. It’s been amazing but complicated because of my current work schedule, which I have enormous regrets about.
GLAMOUR: How do you juggle it all?
SJP: It is the eternal conflict of every working woman, and I am not complaining, because I’ve done this to myself. And I have a wonderful, wonderful nanny who allows me to be a working person. The great challenge for me is to be all things to all people; I want to be a great mother, and I want to feel good when I’m at work. But it is hard.
GLAMOUR: Well, you look great! Speaking of which, you are considered a style icon.
SJP: That’s hilarious.
GLAMOUR: But you are! So how would you characterize your own style?
SJP: I really love beautiful, well-made clothes. I don’t shop [a lot], so I tend to have pieces for a long time. I like mixing vintage with newer designers.
GLAMOUR: Flash back to 1984, when you were in Footloose. What were you wearing then?
SJP: In the eighties, I was wearing a lot of work boots and oversize men’s dinner jackets and floppy hats with flowers. I was making every mistake that was appropriate for the time. Eighty percent of pictures from that period deserve a cringe, but I don’t because I enjoyed it!
GLAMOUR: How would you say your style has evolved over the years?
SJP: It’s just simpler; I don’t buy anything trendy. I used to be more easily seduced by some momentary idea of what was fashionable. Now I’m slightly savvier. I still have the same ideas in my head about what looks good on me and what doesn’t. I still will not wear turtlenecks.
GLAMOUR: Why not?
SJP: I feel like I’m having a panic attack in them. I’m so short that the little bit of height I have is taken and consumed by the turtleneck. My son won’t wear them, either!
GLAMOUR: Tell us what you love wearing right now.
SJP: In the very casual department, two companies sent me jeans I wasn’t familiar with, and they’re really good: One is by a company called Closed. The other is Malibu, and they make jeans that have cashmere in them, but you can toss them in the wash. And I always reach for this black Guy Laroche dress that I’ve had for 10 years: I’ve worn it to birthdays, funerals, everything. I’ve never dry-cleaned it!
GLAMOUR: What’s the first thing you put on in the morning?
SJP: Whatever’s practical for being a mother. I walk my son to school, and I don’t want to embarrass him.
GLAMOUR: What’s your favorite store to find a bargain?
SJP: I still believe in thrift stores: It’s the one place you can be assured of finding something very unique.
GLAMOUR: Once upon a time, thrift stores were all you could afford—you grew up very modestly.
SJP: I feel lucky because [my background gave me] an appreciation for sitting here and having this tea and drinking out of this cup. I am not blind to it. I don’t want my children to feel they have a sense of entitlement. I want them to work hard and be challenged. That’s hard to do when you have everything you need and want, so I am working on those values all the time.
GLAMOUR: Where do you see your life in 10 years?
SJP: Being so greedy, I would like more of the same. Most important to me is my home life and the well-being of my children. Everything as it is now would be thrilling.