As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Sex and the City, and while I relate to Carrie because I’m a writer, I’m more of a Samantha – which is part of the reason I was over the moon last night upon meeting and interviewing Kim Cattrall at the red carpet premiere of PBS’ American Masters: The Boomer List.
American Masters: The Boomer List celebrates the baby boomer generation’s impact on American culture through intimate interviews of 19 iconic boomers. Erin Brockovich, Kim Cattrall, Tommy Hilfiger, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Joel, David LaChapelle, John Leguizamo, Tim O’Brien, Rosie O’Donnell, Maria Shriver, Amy Tan, and others speak candidly about their experiences, the history they lived through, and ultimately helped to create.
When I asked Kim Cattrall what inspired her to be a part of this project, she said, “I am very proud to be part of this generation, because so much change happened. I was very fortunate to grow up in a time where I had more choice, a lot more choice, than my mother had, a lot more decisions to make based on how I wanted my life to be, and that’s something my mother didn’t have. We were an immigrant family to North America. I grew up in Canada and then moved to New York at an early age. And what was always apparent for me and clear to me is that if I set my mind to something, I could achieve it, on some degree, I could achieve it. And I was lucky enough and stubborn enough and determined enough to learn and to be an actor, which I’m still working on.”
After the red carpet, the media and an array of guests were ushered inside the theater to view the documentary. Needless to say, there’s at least one icon each viewer can relate to. Kim Cattrall speaks about ageism and how she almost imposed it on herself. She acknowledged that Sex and the City producers originally wanted to give Samantha a daughter, and she laughed it off saying, “That isn’t going to fly with this character!”
Furthermore, Tommy Hilfiger knew where he wanted his life to go, but he didn’t know how. “If you have a dream, don’t give up,” he says fervently, right before the camera switches over to the next American Master.
After the screening, I caught up with Kim Cattrall over hors d’oeuvres and red wine. (I’ll never be able to look at servers the same way!) I thanked her for speaking up about not wanting children, for bringing Samantha – a female character who openly embraces her sexuality – to life, and for inspiring me…and many other women. When I shared that I’ve written a Huffington Post article on being childfree and that it received over 38,000 likes on Facebook, she said, “We are not alone. There are many of us!”
American Masters: The Boomer List premieres Tuesday, September 23rd at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (check your local listings). I highly encourage you to watch. You’ll be inspired!