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Kristin Davis gets real about ‘extremely stressful’ parts of aging on TV

“They just loved to compare me to Sarah Jessica, who, at the same time, no matter what she did, was always going to be a very tiny thing,” Davis said.

Kristin Davis still can't believe how popular "Sex and the City" is with fans.

“Sometimes, we look at each other’s faces and we cannot believe we’ve been together since 1997," she told New Beauty magazine in an interview published Thursday. "It’s not normal in our industry to have this longevity, and it’s very special."

In 1998, "Sex and the City" premiered on HBO and it ran for six seasons until it ended in 2004. More than 17 years and two "SATC" movies later, HBO decided to revive the series and bring back the show's original cast members. Though it's been great to see everyone again, Davis, 56, acknowledged that it's been difficult for her to be on-screen again now that she's older.

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(L to R) Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cynthia Nixon on the set of "And Just Like That..."James Devaney / GC Images

"I can only speak for myself, but it can also be extremely stressful to be aging and to be compared to your much, much, much younger self," she said about joining the show when she was 33.

"If I was from a regular life, I would feel fine; I would feel great! I’m healthy, I’m strong, I’ve got this little 3-year-old son, and I carry him around and it’s all good—but, no, I’m on television, where every bit of my physical being is analyzed," Davis continued. "That part was always very stressful and difficult for me, because, as much as I can look back on my life and think, ‘Oh, I looked great then,’ you never think that at the time. I guess no one does."

Davis also noted that it didn't help to be compared to co-star Sarah Jessica Parker over the years.

"I also became famous when magazines were king, and every week there’d be an article saying I was ‘pear-shaped,'" she said. "That was difficult, and no amount of working out could change my shape or how those articles were written."

"They just loved to compare me to Sarah Jessica, who, at the same time, no matter what she did, was always going to be a very tiny thing," she added.

Although Davis found it hard to age in the public eye, she didn't think that Cynthia Nixon felt the same way. She described her co-star as someone who is "very strong" and "very grounded in her talent," even though Davis thought differently of herself.

(L to R) Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, and Sarah Jessica Parker on the 1998 set of "Sex and the City."
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“I also grew up feeling insecure about my body," the "Deadly Illusions" actor said. "I don’t know why, but I did."

To help her cope with "age stress," Davis found it helpful to surround herself with "calm" individuals like "And Just Like That..." creator Michael Patrick King.

"Michael is very, very calm about it all, and he’s very much, ‘Listen, none of us are not trying to look like we used to look,'" she explained. "Charlotte still has her style that she had before, but now she’s 55, which we dealt with in the first episode and it’s an ongoing storyline. But, obviously, there’s a lot of other things that come with aging."

"Some are great, like wisdom, feeling grounded, life experiences, and those wonderful things, but then there’s other stuff that’s stressful," Davis added.

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Kristin Davis on the set of "And Just Like That..."James Devaney / GC Images

Now looking back, the "Holiday in the Wild" star said she wished she told herself to "give up the stress" when she was younger.

"The stress is all simply wasted energy. Working out, doing yoga, walking, running or doing whatever you enjoy doing … all of that is health," she said. "At least for me, those have always been the things that work and the things that have brought me joy."