“Sex and the City” alum Kim Cattrall says the most important word in her career is, “No.”
Cattrall — who played power publicist Samantha Jones from 1998-2004 and famously does not appear in the reboot series — told the crowd at Variety’s Power of Women event on Thursday, “I want to share with you something that has been a tremendous help to me over the years in navigating my personal life and managing a career.
“It’s simple, but at the same time is very complicated. It’s a word. And the word is ‘no.’”
While not bringing up the show specifically in her speech, Cattrall, 65, gave examples of how saying “no” has served her.
“‘No, that’s not for me,’” she said. “‘No, I have been there, I have done that.’ ‘No, I won’t be bullied.’ ‘No, that salary is unacceptable.’ ‘No, we are not having a meeting in your hotel room.’ And one of my favorites in particular, ‘No, I don’t want to be in a situation for moment that is not enjoyable.’”
She continued, “No helps define yourself, your boundaries and your goals, it keeps you creative and embraces change. It can allow you to transition out of one chapter and believe there will be more exciting chapters to come.”
“Saying no to the past is saying yes to your future. Ultimately, you are the screenwriter in the movie of your own life.”
In 2017, plans for a third “SATC” movie fizzled. Cattrall had said at the time it wasn’t “about more money, this is not about more scenes … This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another.”
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