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Sarah Jessica Parker Admits She Begged to Get Out of Sex and the City – Before Falling for Carrie

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When Sarah Jessica Parker filmed the pilot of Sex and the City, she didn’t think the show — which earned her numerous Emmy and Golden Globe wins — would change her life in the way that it has.

In the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview, the SATC actress admitted, “When I did the pilot, I didn’t think it was going to change my life at all except that when they picked it up — or when I was reminded I did it, frankly,” she said of running into someone on the streets of New York who complimented her on her work in the HBO series.

Despite the pilot’s success, Parker was hesitant at the time about being committed to just one thing. “I met my agents in L.A. — Kevin Huvane — and I was like, ‘Do you think maybe I could not do this now?’ Because I wanted to keep doing a play and doing a movie and doing a play. So the way I thought it was going to change my life was that it was going to like hold me hostage to a commitment.”

But Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw on the six-season series and both SATC films, said that the network “sat her down” and said “No, no, no. We don’t function like that. We want you here if you want to be here… so let’s just have a season and see how it goes.”

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Parker said that after going on set that she “never looked back” and recalls her time on the HBO series as “the most productive, fulfilling, professional experience I could have imagined.”

But even two years into the series, Parker, who now stars in the HBO series Divorce, said that she still didn’t know the program would “change her life” to be what it is now.

“All I knew is that I had a job that I loved and that I could still do other things on my time off,” she told Cagle. “But that I was shooting this show in New York City — up the street, basically — with people who I thought were fantastic on streets that I loved telling stories I’d never heard told. But my life I didn’t know, I couldn’t imagine because it didn’t exist for me to imagine.”

Divorce airs Sundays (10 p.m. ET) on HBO.