The star has consistently had a no-nudity clause for all of her work, but it hasn’t been easy to keep her clothes on.
If you’re a Sex And The City fan (who isn’t really?) then you may have noticed something.
Whilst the characters of Samantha Jones, Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes (played by Kim Cattrall, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon respectively) are all seen partially or fully nude, protagonist Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), is not.
In fact, in the actress’ three-decade-long career, which includes new TV show Divorce and movie classics such as Hocus Pocus, she has never been nude on-screen.
Now, days after she has spoken out the apparent feud between her and ex-co-star Cattrall, the Footloose actress has revealed that keeping her clothes on has not been easy.
The mother-of-three told People magazine that she sometimes had to fight to protect her boundaries. She recalled once being in a situation that left her ‘sobbing’, she explained, ‘They were like, ‘Sarah Jessica’s going to be nude tomorrow,’ and I was like ‘I’m not going to be nude.”
However, the Ohio-born star recognises how lucky she has been to avoid a much more distressing #MeTo moment, considering how wide-spread sexual misconduct can be in the world of Hollywood.
She credits both her own confidence and those surrounding her for the ability to keep her agency when it came to nudity on-set.
I don’t know if I had the confidence or if I was being counselled by people. There was so much pressure for me to take my clothes off.
The shoe designer noted that her agent was a significant influence in helping her to stand up for herself: ‘My agent sent a car and a plane ticket [to the film set] and he said, ‘If anybody makes you do anything that you’re not comfortable doing, you don’t.’
The 52-year-old concluded, ‘Given what’s happening now and the stories told from that particular period, I know how lucky I am that there was someone—in this case, a man—who stepped in.’