July 20, 2016 04:00 PM

Thanks to a new Hollywood tell-all, we can’t help but wonder: “What would Sex and they City have been without Sarah Jessica Parker?”

In an excerpt from James Andrew Miller’s new book Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists, Parker reveals she was hesitant to take on the role of Carrie Bradshaw.

Within Miller’s book, exclusively excerpted by The Hollywood Reporter, the 51-year-old actress recalled how her agent Kevin Huvane was the middleman between her and SATC creator Darren Star.

The cast of Sex and the City 2
Warner Bros.

“He called me up and said, ‘Darren Star reached out to me. He’s written this pilot [Sex and the City] and tells me he wrote it with you in mind – you were in his head when he was writing it. I’m going to send it to you. I’ve read it. I think it’s really good. You should meet with him.’ ”

Parker continues, “And I said, ‘Really? I feel like I’ve got it all right now. I can do a play, then do a movie, then do a play, then do a movie. There’s a lot of flexibility. What could be better? Do I really want to go back to making a television series when I’m maybe held hostage signing a long-term contract?’ ”

Parker goes on to say that, after meeting with Star, she still wasn’t quite convinced to take the part.

“I met with Darren, and there were a couple of concerns that I had,” she shared. “Like I really wasn’t keen on doing nudity and language issues – but Kevin continued to say to me, “This is different. You have never done anything like this before. No one’s ever done a part like this. Do this.’ ”

And with those fateful words, the role was settled and a thousand cosmos were poised to be poured.

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