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The siren of ‘Sex and the City’

“Today” entertainment reporter Jill Rappaport talks with Kim Cattrall on her final season portraying nympho Samantha Jones.
/ Source: TODAY

With a Golden Globe already under her belt, and having just received an Emmy nomination,“Sex and the City” star Kim Cattrall continues to be on a roll. “Today” entertainment reporter Jill Rappaport recently caught up with the star for a one-on-one chat.

“SEX AND THE CITY” star Kim Cattrall was great eye candy as the official host of this year’s annual Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge in Bridgehampton, NY.

Jill Rappaport: “I love the way you threw the ball out, very Samantha-ish.”

Kim Cattrall: “Yeah, I was so afraid I was going to hit somebody.”

Cattrall plays Samantha Jones, a man-eating public relations executive whose sexual exploits could make anyone blush.

Rappaport: “We thought Samantha Jones had our jaws dropping before, now we’re catching flies honey.”

Cattrall: “Oh, my god and it’s only the third or fourth episode, where are we going to go?”

Rappaport: “Here you are, television’s “lady of kink” and a lot of people have found it to be a little too risqué and I know you consider her to be a great role model for women.”

Cattrall: “I think she’s a good role model because she keeps experimenting and she keeps challenging herself and her girlfriends. And I think that is a very positive thing at any age, at any time. So when someone who’s at 16 says, ‘I want to be more like Samantha.’ I think what she’s saying to me is she wants to be courageous and fearless in what she wants.”

Rappaport: “But that must concern you a little at 16.”

Cattrall: “Well I have to say at 16 I was a lot more out there than I am now.” (Laughter)

Rappaport: “Hello — this just in. Do you ever say to yourself, ‘We’re going a little too far?’”

Cattrall: “I say that to myself because I sometimes wonder how we can make it real and truthful even for this character. And invariably thank god so far we have. But I think if there’s ever a time that it doesn’t ring true we’ll either cut it from the script or we’ll change it.”

Rappaport: “I spoke to all of your co-stars at length that this is a very bittersweet season because it’s the last season.”

Cattrall: “Right.”

Rappaport: “Are you as sad and as frustrated as they are?”

Cattrall: “I think I’m celebrating the fact that this has been six years that has changed all of our lives and hopefully we’ve made a difference for women about the way they feel about themselves. So I feel sad that it’s not going to continue, but I’m also celebrating the fact that I was part of it and it made a difference and I hope the shows will live on.”

Rappaport: “Isn’t there anything you can do? Sleep with more men?” (Laughter)

Cattrall: “That wouldn’t do it. There are not enough men.” (Laughter)

Rappaport: “It’s so incredible to think that you’ve been in almost 50 films and yet this is the role that has made you a household name.”

Cattrall: “It’s incredible and I turned it down.”

Rappaport: “You didn’t want to play Samantha?”

Cattrall: “I was scared. I just didn’t know if I could do it, you know. And I think that I have the same thing in my head that most women have as they get older, I’m not sexy anymore or I don’t feel good about myself or can I do that and how will that work.”

Rappaport: “I think you’ve proven that your sexy. I think you’ve made that point.”

Cattrall: “Well I think I’ve proven in some ways that I’m fearless. But, I go through the process in personal life and in my professional life of feeling very lucky and blessed and also challenged.”

Rappaport: “This has been such a special year for you, a lot of highs and some lows. You’re single again, you’re separated from your husband, how are you doing, are you OK?”

Cattrall: “I’m really good.”

Cattrall and husband Mark Levinson met and married in 1998. Together, they wrote the much talked about best sex seller “Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm.” Now after five years of marriage, the two have decided to go their separate ways.

Rappaport: “It couldn’t have been the sex after writing that book — we know you didn’t have a problem there.”

Cattrall: “You know, I think invariably people grow together or they grow apart. And I think you’re meant to be with the people you’re meant to be with for the time you are. But I’m just really enjoying where I’m at each day at a time.”