Cattrall received the script for Sex and the City in 1997, but she very nearly never chose to play Samantha at all. She actually turned down the role not once, not twice, but three times before finally deciding to go for it. “I think that was about me turning 40, and feeling, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’” she told the Telegraph in 2012. “In 1998, people’s idea of a woman being sexy and powerful in her forties was, well, that she was past it.”
But, of course, Cattrall was far from “past it”. And when she finally accepted the role of Samantha, she fast became a modern-day sex symbol. Not only that, but she picked up multiple awards for her acting: five Emmy Award nominations; four Golden Globe nominations and one win; and along with her co-stars, two ensemble Screen Actors Guild Awards.
However, there were frequent rumors that though Cattrall shared awards with her fellow Sex and the City actresses, she didn’t actually get along with them. After the final series ended in 2004 and the first movie went into production, gossip spread that Cattrall was delaying work on it. It was reported that in the light of Sarah Jessica Parker’s promotion and pay rise, Cattrall wanted more money, too. Unsubstantiated rumors claimed that the rest of the cast had started to avoid her.