It’s no surprise Candace Bushnell is the inspiration behind Intercourse and the Metropolis’s Carrie Bradshaw — her real-life romantic escapades are simply as entertaining.
“You realize, I’ve so many loopy relationship adventures. I imply, one week I dated a man who was 21 and a man who was 91,” Bushnell, 64, completely instructed Us Weekly whereas selling her one-woman present, True Tales of Intercourse, Success and Intercourse and the Metropolis. “No person tells you that is gonna occur. Like, that the age vary goes to be 60 years.”
Bushnell’s column within the New York Observer was the inspiration for the bestselling SATC anthology e-book sequence, which was later was the well-known HBO comedy that ran from 1998 to 2004. The present adopted Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) alongside along with her BFFs Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) via their relationship lives in New York Metropolis.
Bushnell’s “loopy” life as a single girl within the Huge Apple could have served as an affect for six seasons, two subsequent films, a prequel and a Max spinoff, however the creator by no means had plans to play the function of Carrie herself — even when Parker, 58, wasn’t positive she was proper for it both.
“There was perhaps one second when Sarah Jessica Parker forgot that she made the pilot and, I don’t know, it’s a narrative. She wasn’t positive if she needed to do it,” Bushnell defined. “So I believe there was a second once they have been like, ‘Properly, perhaps [Candace] might do it.’ And I used to be like, ‘No. I wouldn’t even know find out how to do it.’ So I’ve really all the time been thrilled that [Sarah is] Carrie Bradshaw. I imply, she’s fabulous.”
In actual fact, Bushnell doesn’t assume Carrie — or any of the opposite girls from the Intercourse and the Metropolis franchise — totally symbolize her in any respect.
“I don’t really feel just like the character is me. I didn’t marry a wealthy man,” Bushnell shared, seemingly referring to ex-husband Charles Askegard, whom she divorced in 2012. “I didn’t marry Mr. Huge. However I’m single once more. I’m relationship, I’ve been for some time. And I’m all the time working and developing with new concepts. I’m about being your personal Mr. Huge as I wish to say.”
Whereas Carrie did marry Mr. Huge (Chris Noth), his loss of life was the catalyst for the Max sequence And Simply Like That, which premiered in 2021. The present’s second season, nonetheless, reveals Carrie coming head to head with one other former flame: her ex-fiancé, Aidan Shaw (John Corbett).
Carrie and Aidan dated on and off beginning in season 3 of the OG sequence. Whereas they known as it quits after she cheated with Huge, the twosome rekindled their romance and even acquired engaged earlier than Carrie determined she wasn’t prepared for marriage. The pair later shared a smooch within the second Intercourse and the Metropolis film, regardless of each being married, however in the end went their separate methods. And Simply Like That, nonetheless, reveals sparks flying between the couple as soon as extra.
“It’s one other real-life story. I do know so many ladies of their 50s or 60s, even 70s who acquired again in contact with an ex and it labored,” Bushnell stated of the choice to deliver again Aidan. “So that you by no means know. It’s a fairly frequent factor. That’s one thing that occurs in actual life. So I believe it’s fascinating.”
Bushnell famous that it’s the joys of an unknown future that makes relationship so enjoyable.
“That’s why I’ll exit with a 21-year-old and a 91-year-old,” she stated. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know, no person is aware of.’ I’m divorced, so I don’t have all of the solutions. [But] that’s form of [my] angle towards relationship. That you simply by no means know.”
Along with having fun with her single standing, Bushnell is targeted on work — together with her one-woman present, True Tales of Intercourse, Success and Intercourse and the Metropolis. The mission was bred from the COVID-19 pandemic and incorporates a whirlwind of outstanding private tales of vogue, literature and intercourse — and options loads of tales and video games surrounding SATC.
“There’s an excellent enjoyable sport known as Actual or Not Actual as a result of all the things that occurred within the TV present is just a little higher or worse than my actual life,” she instructed Us. “Like among the guys who Carrie dates … I inform the story of how I got here to New York and loopy issues that occurred to me. … After which how I created Intercourse within the Metropolis, how exhausting I labored to get there, why I invented Carrie Bradshaw and what occurred to me afterward.”
True Tales of Intercourse, Success and Intercourse and the Metropolis will happen at Canoe Place in Hampton Bays, New York, on Thursday, August 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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Reporting by Christina Garibaldi