Sarah Jessica Parker just went full out Berger on The Carrie Diaries. She didn’t leave the Sex and the City prequel series break-up Post-It per se, but she may as well have.
The National Enquirer reports that SPJ turned down a deal to reprise her role as Carrie Bradshaw for an episode of The Carrie Diaries.
(“I’M SORRY. I CAN’T. DON’T HATE ME.”)
Apparently creator Amy B. Harris wanted Parker to appear in a flashfoward sequence, playing modern day Carrie to Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb’s ’80s-set teenage one. Harris and the Carrie Diaries crew were even willing to shell out a whopping $500,000 to make the cameo happen. Alas, Parker didn’t bite.
“Sarah doesn’t need the money and wasn’t sure appearing on the show would be the right career move,” a source close to Parker revealed to the Inquirer recently.
“It would be like taking a step backward. So she’s said goodbye to Carrie forever. Plus, who wants to be compared to a teenager?”
Five episodes into its first season, The Carrie Diaries appears to be shying away from blatant SATC nods. There haven’t been any other gimmicky cameos to speak of, and Robb’s Carrie hasn’t even uttered “I couldn’t help but wonder,” yet. But, of course, getting SPJ on the show would be a fun get, especially if she was indeed going to play Carrie again (or should we say, carry on with Carrie again, as Carrie would?).
Although she declined the cameo offer, it sounds like SPJ is generally accepting of The Carrie Diaries and its attempts to build on the legacy of the original HBO hit.
“When I landed the role, [Parker] sent me a very lovely note just kind of giving me her blessing and encouraging me and telling me how excited she was and how dear the part was to her,” Robb told the Boston Globe earlier this month.
She continued, “It just meant a lot to be able to have her blessing.”
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The Carrie Diaries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW and 10 p.m. ET on City.