Could Anyone Else Have Played Carrie Bradshaw?
Sarah Jessica Parker’s portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw is so epochal that it’s hard to believe SJP nearly said “no” to Sex and the City. But it’s true. Back before anyone knew quite how big SATC would be, Sarah Jessica Parker was desperate to get out of her contract, and leave the role of Carrie Bradshaw to someone else. Apparently, Sarah was a little reluctant about getting into a longterm show, but we hope she has never regretted her iconic role now that all is said and done.
How different the 90s would have been! Could anyone else have worn that tutu quite as well? Would we have cared quite as much if it was somebody else getting dumped on a Post-It note? And would we have cried quite so hard when it all drew to a close if it wasn’t SJP we were saying goodbye to? Here are eight ladies I think almost could have filled Parker’s (Manolo Blahnik) shoes.
Dana Delany was actually offered the role of Carrie — and turned it down. Man, has she made some pretty big mistakes in her career: she also turned down playing Bree Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives. The women who did take these roles went on to be worth tens of millions of dollars — ouch, that’s gotta hurt. You just know Delany would have done a good job, too; she’s already got the screen chemistry with Kim Cattrall, and the two of them killed it in Live Nude Girls.
Carrie’s hair is almost as iconic as her shoes, and Brooke Shields has got hair in spades. So she’s got the look, and we know from Blue Lagoon that she’s not one to shy away from sex scenes. I bet she could have played a magnificent Carrie.
Imagine a British Carrie Bradshaw! I’m kind of in love with this idea. Liz Hurley is every bit as sassy, sexy, and sharp as Carrie — and imagine her reading out the sex column in that accent. It would have been sensational.
Vanessa Williams would play a fierce Carrie. She’s strong, beautiful, hilarious, and seriously no-nonsense. I can definitely see her objecting to baby showers and country cottages just as firmly as SJP — and she would totally rock the wardrobe, too.
What?! I know — I never even would have thought of this, if it wasn’t for the fact that Davis did actually audition for the role of Carrie. These days, she’s got Charlotte written all over her, but I’d love to have seen her ditch the fairytale act and play the much-more-cynical Carrie Bradshaw.
Love it or hate it, Cougar Town has definitely shown us that Courtney Cox can hold her own as the lead of a sitcom. From Friends, she’s already had practice at living in an apartment way nicer than her character could ever afford — and I’d love to see what Monica Geller could do with Carrie Bradshaw’s incredible wardrobe.
While we all adore the other three SATC ladies, Carrie Bradshaw steals the show every time — and if anyone’s got the captivating screen presence to pull this off, it’s Angela Bassett. She’s had a lot of experience playing strong, sexually assured women like Carrie — and she even knows how to make smoking look cool. (Just kidding. Smoking is never cool, kids.)
Demi Moore’s got it all: she can play fierce; she can play sexy; she can play cool; she can play insecure — and she could play them all together in the iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw. And with such high-profile exes as Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love to read Moore’s sex column.
So who knows? Perhaps if Sarah Jessica Parker had walked away, we still would have loved Sex and the City just as much. But every time those opening credits start up, and Carrie “gets to thinking” about something, it becomes pretty clear: nobody else could do it quite like SJP.