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Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

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    1 of

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    Kim Cattrall
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    Mon 23 Oct 2017
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    9.00pm - 10.00pm
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    Week 43 2017 : Sat 21 Oct - Fri 27 Oct
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    Mon 23 Oct 2017
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Hollywood actress Kim Cattrall talks to Piers Morgan about her extraordinary life and career in the first programme of the new series of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. 
On her Sex and the City co-stars: “We’ve never been friends.”
Turning down SATC 3: “I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous.”
On her love-life: “I never made it a priority. I put work before them.”
Hollywood actress Kim Cattrall spoke to Piers Morgan's Life Stories about turning down Sex and the City 3, her relationship with the SATC cast, her struggle with insomnia and how her career has affected her love life.
In the candid interview with Piers Morgan which airs tonight [Monday 23rd October] Kim also spoke about considering IVF, meeting President Donald Trump, her fondness for Steven Gerrard and her most embarrassing moment during a sex scene. 
Kim on Liverpool
Kim was born in Liverpool but her family moved to Canada when she was a baby. On whether she considered herself a Liverpudlian, Kim said: “Proudly a Liverpudlian, yes. Always have, always have been.”
She also revealed that her Aunt used to babysit for one of The Beatles. She said: “Yes one of the famous drummers in the world, Ringo Starr. They were in the Dingle, that’s Toxteth, that’s where they lived and she was a young gal looking for babysitting money and that’s how that happened.”
Kim, who supports Liverpool Football Club, also spoke of meeting former player Steven Gerrard: “He was really lovely. I did a play in Liverpool in 2010 at the Liverpool Playhouse, it was sort of a dream of mine. But he came to see the play, it wasn’t an easy play, it’s Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, for over three hours long. But he came backstage and he came out for drinks with the cast afterwards and it was just, he was so generous, so down-to-earth.”
On her on-screen sex scenes
Piers asked Kim if she’d ever had any embarrassing moments during a sex scene. “Yes sadly. I was working with an actor and we were doing the scene and he is on top of me and then he collapsed and then he farted, and I thought, ‘is this an acting choice he has made?’ I didn’t really understand what was going on. And what had happened was he had been working out so much and so frantically, and had been on a diet, he had forgotten to eat and when he fell on me he passed out.” She added: “It was pretty gross.”
On turning down the role of Samantha Jones
Asked whether it was true that she had originally turned down the role of Samantha Jones in Sex and the City three times, she said: “I did. I think I was scared. I think that at 41 I didn’t know if I could pull it off. I just felt I didn’t want to put myself out there and be ridiculed. And 40 now seems so young but then, there is ageism everywhere, not just in Hollywood and this sort of thing about being an older woman and preying on younger men. I thought I don’t want that tied around my neck but I found a way in and this way in was about self-empowerment about not just saying yes or no and making your life about a man, it was yes or no about you making decisions, about your life.”
On President Donald Trump
Donald Trump had a cameo in SATC before becoming President. Piers asked Kim what her memories were of him. “He didn’t want anyone to touch his hair. He did his own make-up which was decidedly orange, it’s true. It hasn’t been enhanced, that’s Donald. And we were shooting at the Plaza [Hotel] and he owned the Plaza at the time, and part of the deal with shooting in the Plaza was he had to be in it. He wasn’t supposed to say a line because if you are sort of basically an extra you get paid a certain amount but if you say a line you get more money and of course he said a line.”
Piers said: “I can't imagine, knowing Donald Trump as I do, that he would be in the same room as you for very long without suggesting that maybe you…” 
Kim replied: “Never”
When Piers asked whether Trump hadn’t even tried, Kim said: “I think I'm too smart for him actually. He knows he wouldn’t have a chance.”
On work and romantic relationships
On whether her work and ambition had impacted on her private life, Kim said: “Hugely. I look back and I think, you know, at the time, there would also be enough time to spend, especially in my relationships, with my partner and there never was, and I never made it a priority. I put work before them.”
Asked whether she regretted doing that, she said: “I remember specifically with my husband Andreas [Lyson, her second husband]. He was offering both of us a wonderful life together but I was just too young.”
On considering IVF
Kim also spoke about her experience of considering IVF with her third husband Mark [Levinson]. “That was my early 40s and I had just started filming Sex and the City, the chances of getting pregnant with these procedures was, everyone was talking about it. But I thought to myself, ‘wow I have 19 hour days on this series, I have weekends where I finish at Saturday morning. My Monday morning would start at 4.45am and go to one or two in the morning. How could I possible continue to do that, especially in my early 40s?’ And then I realised what a commitment it was just to the procedures. I thought I don’t think this is going to happen. It was the first moment, it was extraordinary, in my life where I thought maybe I’m just not going to do this.”
When asked whether she felt maternal, Kim said: “Yes I think it’s part of being a woman to have that. But obviously fate, timing, luck, destiny, I don’t know, and that’s when I started mentoring young actresses, in particular, that’s where I thought I have a place to be a mom here, not a biological mom but a mom and an auntie and a friend. And that has really given me so much, as much as I give I get two-fold back.”
On having insomnia
A few years after Kim’s father died in 2012, she began experiencing insomnia whilst working in the West End. Speaking about this difficult time she said: “It was like a 250 pound gorilla was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t get it off me. It was always around three o’clock [in the morning] and of course I was awake so I thought, ‘I’m awake I may as well work’. I had like an overload going on, I didn’t know how to turn it off. It was almost a feeling of, if I slept, I would have to deal with, I think the grief underneath it, of not coming to terms intellectually with my dad passing but the emotional loss of that. I literally hit a wall, hit a cement wall.”
Kim on SATC and turning down SATC 3
Piers asked if there would ever be any more Sex and the City. “Not for me. That was part of turning 60. That was a very clear moment of, how many years do I have left and what do I want to do it, what haven’t I done. I feel that the show is the best when it was the series and the bonus was the two movies.”
When Piers asked Kim if she had been tempted by Sex and the City 3 and whether it was true that filming had got quite far down the line but she had become an “impossible diva making terrible demands”, Kim said: “I remember so clearly making that decision. Last December I got a phone call and it was concerning that and I knew exactly, I could feel it, and the answer was simply, ‘thank you but no, I’m good’. 
She continued: “December 2016 I said no. This isn’t about more money, it’s not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things. This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life, to end one chapter and start another. I’m 61. It’s now. The other girls are 10 years younger than me, you know, and that is their choice.”
On whether her co-stars thought she was negotiating, Kim said: “The answer was always no and a respectful, firm, no. It’s a great part. I played it past the finish line and then some and I loved it and another actress should play it, maybe they could make it an African-American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones, or bring in another character. I wish them the best. I will be the one in the audience cheering them on.”
Piers asked Kim whether she had “never really got on” with her SATC co-stars: “We’ve never been friends. We‘ve been colleagues and in some ways it’s a very healthy place to be because then you have a clear line between your professional life and relationship and your personal.”
She continued: “To get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva, and this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker is that I think she could have been nicer. I really think she could have been nicer. I don’t know what her issue is. 
“I think the thing that still bothers me is this feeling of being in some way made to be the baddie. I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous.” 
Asked whether she was friends with any of her SATC co-stars, Kim said: “They all have children and I am ten years older and since specifically the series ended I have been spending most of my time outside of New York so I don’t see them. The common ground that we had was the series and the series is over.” 
Kim also revealed she didn’t know when she had spoken to her former co-stars last: “It must have been at some event, I don't even remember.”
Piers inquired if it was years ago, she said: “Got to be. And that’s another thing that’s really disappointing is that nobody ever picks up the phone and tries to contact you and say, ‘how you doing?’ That would have been the way to handle it. And usually what happens in a healthy relationship is that someone, or a transaction for a job in my business, is that someone says, ‘are you available?’ and you say ‘yes and here’s the job’ and you say ‘yes but thank you very much I’m sort of over here right now but thank you very much’ and that person turns to you and they say ‘that's great, good luck to you, I wish you the best’. That’s not what happened here, this is, it feels like a toxic relationship.”
When Piers joked she had killed Samantha, she smiled: “I haven’t killed Samantha, I have released Samantha.”
Piers then pushed Kim to clarify whether Samantha Jones would ever reappear, Kim said: “I swear, she will never reappear. Me playing her is definitely, that I can assure you will never happen. For me it’s over, and it’s over with no regrets. I just wish that Sarah [Jessica Parker] had been nicer.”
When Piers said people would probably be quite saddened to hear Kim confirm rumours that she didn’t get on with her co-stars, Kim replied: “This is the irony of it, this is where we are in the reality of it. And that was the fantasy of it but this is the reality of it. I’m being incredibly honest about them.”
Questioned on whether she would ever talk to Sarah Jessica Parker again, Kim said: “I don’t think that we’re faking it. I think there is genuine affection and there has been over the years. This is extenuating circumstances and in the past I’ve felt, wow, especially with the fans I don’t want to in any shape or form ruin an ideal of it, because it does stand for empowerment and it does stand for women sticking up for each other, but not always.”
Kim on her present relationship
On her current love life, Kim explained how she met her boyfriend: “Russell [Thomas] and I met at the BBC, he was working at the BBC and we liked each other. He followed me and I followed him on Twitter, he direct messaged me. It was very, very modern it’s just been very easy.”
Asked whether she was in love: “Yeah, it’s real good, it’s real good. He’s a great guy.”