Kim Cattrall may have moved on to new projects after her long-standing role as Samantha Jones on Sex and the City, but she still channels the groundbreaking show. In fact, there’s one way that she says her new series, Sensitive Skin, is just like SATC: pioneering women’s issues through comedy.
“I think the best way to access something that’s scary about the rest of your life is by laughing,” she told fans during an interview at AOL Build. “I think that was so successful on Sex and the City, to take women’s sexuality and make it accessible for women and men.”
Her new Canadian show, Sensitive Skin, which was recently sold to Netflix and iTunes, brings the same level of honesty and accessibility to a new topic: getting older. “To do that with aging is very exciting too, because I have the same feeling about Sensitive Skin that I did about Sex and the City: I’ve never been here before. I’ve never seen this before on television. And being a frontier woman in that way, it’s very satisfying.”
The 59-year-old actress has plenty of experience pioneering women’s roles in a business that she says is full of two-dimensional female parts. “It’s very difficult to get anything made, you know, unless a woman is playing a superhero, a super bitch, or she’s a sex maniac, and I’ve done one of those. So this is actually my second act, this show,” she said.
And what a second act it is. Cattrall plays Davina Jackson, an aging woman who is grappling with her mortality and questioning if it’s too late to reinvent herself—and manages to make it a comedy. The actress, who reveals that she has many of the same questions as her character, fought fiercely to portray the role honestly and keep her wrinkles from being edited out of the series. “I’ve earned those wrinkles,” she said. “They are part of the story.”
So after taking on a character like Davina Jackson, would she ever return to play Samantha Jones? The actress says it’s not out of the question. “It would be so much fun to do. But what would the story be?” she wonders. “It’s gone beyond sexual freedom and identity, and Manolo Blahniks, you know? We’ve been there. We need to push through to the next frontier.”
For Cattrall, one thing is for certain: “The best is yet to come.”