Sarah Jessica Parker Interview For ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’
Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks star in ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It,’ a comedy from director Douglas McGrath (Emma, Infamous) and producer Donna Gigliotti (The Reader, Let Me In). Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ follows a Boston-based working mother, Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker), trying desperately to juggle the many aspects of her life. ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ is set for release September 16th. Check out what Sarah Jessica Parker had to say about the film below.
How familiar were you with the book?
Sarah Jessica Parker: I actually hadn’t read the book, one of the few who hadn’t. I was familiar with the book, I knew about the book, I knew of its great success in the UK and in the US. I hadn’t read the book, then I read the screenplay and I thought that the screenplay was really beautiful.
I was a little bit afraid to read the book because there’s this luxury with time with books, cinema doesn’t allow for that, we have a limited time to tell a story. I knew there would be details that I couldn’t apply to my experience, and I didn’t’ want to really grab onto things that we couldn’t fit into the screenplay. Maybe that’s a foolish decision, I don’t know, it’s yet to be determined (laughs), but I felt like it would be cleaner and pure just to have the experience of this screenplay, I really loved the script.
What are your thoughts on your character Kate, what appealed to you about her?
Sarah Jessica Parker: She’s a great and admirable person. I loved playing her. I feel a deep privilege to having played her, in all sincerity, I like her very much. I just think she’s a really good and decent person. There’s a sort of innocence to her approach to life. She’s a sophisticated working person in a competitive and intimidating field. But there’s a sort of innocence to her that is very appealing, meaning she’s really not cynical about life, she’s hungry for big, great and challenging experiences. Then I also liked the things that were very conventional about her life, I like that she’s not unkind to other women, even if she has a secret monologue that is slightly cutting (laughs).
What was it that resonated with you about the script?
Sarah Jessica Parker: There was a lot that was resonant with me. There’s a few themes in the movie and I think the fact that they were…..grown up in a way, they were about people who were really in the thick of their lives, they’re not superheroes, they’re not heroic in any way, they’re not terrifically wealthy. It’s telling a sort of everyman story of being a working parent outside the home in this particular time. I think we are parents in a very specific way to our generation, there are a lot of complications that come with the choices that we’re making. I thought that it conveyed and illustrated those complexities really well. Also in an amusing way, brought in all sorts of opinions. I understood it, I related to it – the chaos, the feeling of being a great failure, then the triumphs, all of it was very familiar to me. I hope it relates to a lot of people.
How was it working alongside Pierce Brosnan?
Sarah Jessica Parker: He’s just great, an absolute surprise. I had worked with him before on ‘Mars Attacks,’ but we didn’t get to have this kind of working experience. He was James Bond, so he walks in the door with all this stuff you endow him with. In truth, yes he’s very elegant and suave, but he’s also a very sweet, kind, wanting to be good man, and that was a surprising that there’s a sort of vulnerability to him.
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