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Sarah Jessica Parker defends Carrie's choice of Big in 'Sex and the City' finale

The actress reacted after "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star said Carrie's choice to be with Big "betrayed what the series was about."
/ Source: TODAY

Twelve years after HBO's "Sex and the City" wrapped as a TV series, its creator and biggest star see its controversial finale in very different ways.

Sarah Jessica Parker
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Sarah Jessica Parker attends the \"Sylvia\" opening night at Cort Theatre on October 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)Getty Images file

Last month, series creator Darren Star claimed that if he had it his way, Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Carrie Bradshaw, wouldn't have wound up returning to the arms of Mr. Big (Chris Noth) in the finale that aired in 2004. But Parker recently defended Bradshaw's decision to stick with Big, whom Bradshaw (eventually) married in the first "Sex and the City" movie, released in 2008.

Image: Chris Noth
In this image released by New Line Cinema, Chris Noth stars as Mr. Big, left, and Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Carrie Bradshaw in New Line Cinema's \"Sex in the City\". (AP Photo/New Line Cinema,Craig Blankenhorn) ** NO SALES **New Line Cinema via AP file

"As I recall, the way Carrie and Big married was something she wanted rather than a feeling that life was slipping away and she best settle quickly," the two-time Emmy Award winner told Yahoo Style in an article published Monday. "I don't think of it as someone diminishing herself by letting a man marry her — it always felt that she had arrived at that on her own. But the beauty is we can all have lots and lots of opinions about lots of choices Carrie made that we object to or that we stand by. If that's Darren's feeling, I think it's interesting!"

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Parker's perspective arrives a few weeks after Star criticized that aspect of the finale. "I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don't ultimately find happiness from marriage," Star said in a Kindle Shorts interview, released Jan. 6 on Amazon. "Not that they can't. But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That's what had made women so attached."

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