Sarah Jessica Parker is like the fizziest bottle of the best Champagne. She's exactly how you'd want her to be in person: she always smells good (buy "Lovely" and see for yourself), has a mind like a vault, fantastic taste, and an endless supply of energy, style, enthusiasm, and kindness.
Her new movie, "Failure to Launch," opens today. I am proud to call her a friend and she's such a good one that she agreed to humor me with 10 questions the other night after we finished watching "The Amazing Race."
LET'S PLAY CO-STAR WORD ASSOCIATION! I'LL MENTION YOUR PAST CO-STARS, AND YOU SAY THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND:
CHRIS NOTH -
Completely surprising, an utter delight
YOU SHOT "FAILURE TO LAUNCH" IN NEW ORLEANS ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE KATRINA HIT. WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT NOLA?
I love my memories of the city. I love all the hidden kitchens I found and had a chance to spend a concentrated amount of time in that city. I also loved the architecture and the culture and the people.
WHERE DO YOU THINK THE "SEX AND THE CITY" CHARACTERS ARE NOW?
OK, start with Charlotte. Her adopted baby came and is 3 years old and Charlotte is 7 months pregnant and they're about to move to Scarsdale. As for Samantha, she triumphed over breast cancer and opened an LA office because of Smith's burgeoning career.
OH SO SHE AND SMITH ARE STILL TOGETHER?
Yes they're still together but it's an open relationship. Miranda is a partner in the law firm. Steve sold his share in the bar and they started buying buildings and have become pioneers in real estate in Brooklyn. I think Carrie is still in her same apartment, she stopped writing her column and is working on her first novel. She and Big are still pursuing their adult relationship on her terms and she's saved $20,000 and she owns her apartment. She does lots of freelance stuff for magazines for extra shoe money.
THAT WAS PRETTY BRILLIANT! I WAS SUCH A FAN OF 'SQUARE PEGS' - HUMOR ME AND TELL ME WHERE YOU THINK THOSE TWO LOONY GIRLS ARE TODAY.
Well, Patty Green is an educator. She was at Michigan for a long time and now is in some kind of chair position at the Iowa writer's workshop. She's still unattached. Lauren is a chef with five kids in the Bay Area. And they are still best friends!
YOU ARE A PASSIONATE FAN OF PROJECT RUNWAY SINCE EPISODE 1, SEASON 1. WHAT'S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE DRESS THIS SEASON AND TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THE DESIGNERS.
Oh my god. I think Santino's first challenge dress and his Nicky Hilton dress were great. Andre had a few really special dresses - through his tenure at runway he started looking like an important designer. I think Kara's work was underappreciated on the show. She reminded me of early Donna Karan, who first appeared to be creating simple silhouettes then changed how American women see their bodies. She's gonna be huge - her collection was unbelievable. The only fault I ever had with the judges is that I think the judges didn't see how much she had to offer and her austere designs are really smart and I just responded to their simplicity, which I never confused with laziness. I think she's an exciting designer. I think Chloe impressed me from the beginning. Her 'Clothes Off Your Back' dress reminded me of great dresses in the late '70s - the kind you wish you still had and could wear. Chloe makes me want to sew and create. She has an easy style and meticulous work. Because of her disposition she makes it look easy. What she and Emmett did for the Banana Republic Challenge was amazing. I think Daniel has big, complicated designs that are innovative and interesting. I liked him because of his youth and the kind of things he was willing to take on. You don't forget his orchid dress because of the construction, its great. How many times did I ask you if Nick knows how much we love him? He has a talent that has an audience. I love his affection for color and whimsy like in his Barbie dress. I love his influences in life, ethnic influences, and I love how human and decent he appears to be. He's definitely one of my favorite contestants on the show. Santino has been such a lightening rod. I see so much that's exciting about him. He got mixed messages from the judges. He needs to find a place where he can flourish. He was somebody I chose from the beginning. I've met designers like him where I've thought 'Wow you don't care about hemlines being up or down, you don't care,' and that's going to serve him really well.
BY THE WAY, YOU WATCHED THE FIRST EPISODE AND I ASKED YOU TO PREDICT THE FINAL THREE AND YOU GOT IT RIGHT! THE ONLY PERSON I KNOW TO GET IT RIGHT.
I did? Wow. I just want to add one thing on the subject. If I had any fault with judges it's for chastising the designers for getting too influenced by other designers. It's perfectly acceptable to repeat a silhouette from Balenciaga or some other classic. Fashion is influence, its not necessarily copying, it's what the person's aesthetic is. I don't want the designers to be afraid of showing their influences without being accused of copying. Also I wish you guys would tell the second runner ups how close they got to winning the challenges. Like tell them they are more than safe, that the judges liked what they did. I wish they knew how well they did. They never gave props to Kara for her flower power dress. People do their best when they feel supported and that's why Tim Gunn is so important for those designers. He's both constructive and incredibly kind to them.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU WATCH ON TV?
"Amazing Race," "Frontline," "Independent Lens" (PBS documentary show)
WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO THESE DAYS?
I am really excited about that Cascada song "Everything I Touch." I also listen to Randy Travis, the "Moulin Rouge" cd still, Billy Joel "Turnstiles" and "52nd Street." I like me some Keane and the new Fiona Apple and I love me some Gwen Stefani! I also listen to a lot of Middle Eastern, Greek and World music.
BESIDES "FAILURE TO LAUNCH" WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE YOU'VE BEEN IN?
I am not good at picking favorites- it would be like trying to qualify friendships. Each movie has given me something that's unexpected, enlightening and everything I've done has been challenging. Even the difficult ones I am grateful for. I'm more grateful for what has been proved challenging because in the end you're better for it.
IS ROMANTIC COMEDY HARD TO DO?
Comedy is something I feel comfortable doing - comedy on film is hard because you trust your timing as opposed to the audience's role in a theatre - to do it in a vacuum is difficult but it helps to trust the people around you and the script.
THANKS SJ, WE'RE BEYOND 10 QUESTIONS!
OK but I have to end by saying 'bravo' to Bravo for PROJECT RUNWAY! The show is beautifully cast, edited, and produced. It tells a great story. If it was purely made up it couldn't be better. The fact that they're real people with talent, ambitions, and dreams? C'mon, what could be better! Also, "Project Jay" was one of the best hours of TV I've ever seen.
CLEARLY EVERYONE NEEDS TO RUN TO "FAILURE TO LAUNCH" AND TELL THE TICKET-TAKER AT THE CINEPLEX THAT YOU READ ABOUT IT ON ANDY'S BLOG AND ASK FOR A FREE COKE.