Lindsey Gort has big shoes to fill (and really high heels).Taking on the role as Samantha Jones in ‘The Carrie Diaries’ isn’t an easy one, but the actress is spilling all — from her upcoming sex scenes to the very valuable advice Kim Cattrall gave her!
The Sex & The City cast is slowly but surely coming to The Carrie Diaries. On the Oct. 25 season two premiere, we finally were introduced to the new Samantha Jones! HollywoodLife.com sat down with the girl behind the Manolo Blahnik’s, Lindsey Gort, to get all the dirt on getting down and dirty!
Compared to Sex & the City, Lindsey’s version of Samantha is of course, more toned down than Kim Cattrall‘s.
“That’s what’s so funny! It doesn’t feel toned down to me, ’cause I’m still in pasties and underwear in front of a lot of people. So to me, I still feel nude,” she told me at the Handprint Ceremony at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York. “I don’t know what you guys are going to see. They’re like, ‘Oh no, you’ll be strategically blocked.’ I’m like ‘ok but I’m still behind this fan or whatever it is, like nude.”
So, that answers that — it looks like we will be seeing Samantha get a little crazy, even in her younger days! Read on for the rest of my interview with Lindsey!
Lindsey Gort: How Kim Cattrall Helped Me Become Samantha Jones
Tell me about talking to Kim Cattrall — and the tattoo you want.
Kim famously tweeted me her blessing! I had never been on twitter before and my friend was like, ‘She tweeted about you! She said your name!’ So I signed up and I tweeted back to her. She tweeted back, ‘So happy you’re playing fearless Sam, the key to her is her heart. She never judges, though she loves.’ And I say I want to get that tattooed on me. She told me, ‘You know the personality can feel like a persona, can feel like a responsibility, but just remember, she’s just a girl.’ And it’s true, because people think it’s such a character, but really it’s just a person. It’s been very helpful for me!
So a big difference is that you don’t have to have simulated sex like Kim did.
I don’t know how Kim had to have had nude, simulated sex with people on the show. That’s the only thing to me, like when I show up to the makeup trailer and they’re like, ‘Hi, I’m gonna be your you know, ninja or whatever it is, for today.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh hi, so we’ll be laying in bed later.’ That’s always strange. Let alone, you know, if I had to do it nude!
How did you transition into Samantha Jones? And tell me about ‘Samantha one’ & ‘Samantha two!’
When you watch baby videos of yourself, you’re like, ‘I still make that same face you know!’ We all change but there’s certain things you travel with. So I wanted hints of it, I wouldn’t want it to be this caricature, which is so easy to fall into when someone that has a style of talking. I walk a fine line with that. There’s two Samanthas — Samantha one and Samantha two. Every director that comes in, I’m like ‘Ok listen these are my two Samanthas. You tell me which one you want more of.’ Because there is more of the Kim-Cattrall Samantha and there is the more vulnerable, unsure Samantha. That’s the only way to navigate that without worrying about them wanting a characterization.
Do you watch a ton of ‘Sex & the City’ or no?
I don’t watch it right now, I don’t want to over do it. I don’t want to like, ‘Oh when she says this word like this.’ I know enough about it. And the crew worked on Sex & the City that we have, a lot of them, and they came up to me individually, and were like, ‘It’s so crazy, the way you move your head at certain points or say certain things, how much it’s like her!’ So, I know I’m doing the right thing and that’s all that matter.
What’s To Come From This Younger, Vulnerable Samantha
Should we expect any longterm love interests for Samantha?
Not that I’ve seen yet. When you get older in life, you get settled with who you are — good or bad. You still are a little more guarded, a little more vulnerable — so you see some of those walls come down. Anything that makes her uncomfortable.
How is it for Samantha living with Carrie & Walt?
Samantha’s in a place where she’s not ready to settle down, be it male or female, you know. So, right now she’s sort of bouncin’ around and whatever suits her that night works fine, and she’s at a very liberal — if you can imagine, a more liberal Samantha — she’s not tied down by a job, by responsibilities. She’s sort of just floating around.”
We have to know — are you and AnnaSophia close off set, too?
We actually do have a pretty Samantha/Carrie relationship! We joke about that! l We went out one night to a magic show, and I’m like, ‘I’m gonna go to the bar. I know you’re not old enough, but I’m going to get a drink.’ She’s like, ‘Alright!’ So I’m sitting there with my drink, so like corruptive Samantha! But my thing with Carrie & Samantha is I think they support each other’s strengths and flatter each other as far as weaknesses and she’s been Godsend for me — she’s the oldest 19-year-old i’ve ever met. We do have a very learned relationship. It’s been a blast.
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