Kim Cattrall has a favorite word: “No”.
Cattrall’s favorite example of saying “no,” as she explained in her speech to VarietyThe Power of Women dinner presented by Lifetime is one of her most famous quotes, when she told the Guardian in 2019, “I don’t want to be in a situation where I don’t even have fun for an hour.
There are other times she said ‘no’, including when she was asked to reprise her iconic role as Samantha Jones in various reboots of the ‘Sex and the City’ franchise. She recently explained her decision to retire the role in a cover interview with Variety editor Ramin Setoodeh, in which she said that after filming the second “SATC” movie, “Everything about me went, ‘I’m done.'”
She mentioned other examples of satisfaction from saying no, including “No, that salary is unacceptable” and “No, we don’t have a meeting in your hotel room.”
On Thursday night, Cattrall encouraged other women to take ownership of their power in the same way, reminding the room of entertainment executives and other Power of Women winners: “To say no to the past is to say yes to the future, because you are the screenwriter of the film of your own life.
“The word ‘no’ sometimes has difficulty traveling from the brain to the tongue,” Cattrall said. “There can be (shocking) situations even today where a woman’s rights or opinion are not easily listened to, which makes this core word all the more important.”
“I’m 60 – 5. When I started my career, phones had dials, TVs needed antennas, and most men in Hollywood thought ‘harassing’ (his ass) were two words .
Cattrall also opened up about her experience of losing her health insurance at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic during a time when she wasn’t working. She was lucky enough to be able to pay for her own medical bills, she says, but she knows others aren’t so lucky. Therefore, Cattrall was present at the event to support The Actors Fund, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and money for medical procedures to members of the entertainment industry, as an association charity of their choice.
“Even for working artists there is often a thin line between walking the red carpet and sleeping in your car,” said British-Canadian Cattrall, who became a US citizen in 2020. “If COVID has taught us anything , no matter how hard you work or how good you are, situations can arise out of the blue and knock you out. When this happens, it’s not the time to judge or retreat, but to lend a hand. For 140 years, the American Actors Fund has done just that every day.
Cattrall was one of six honorees, along with Drew Barrymore, Venus Williams, Camila Cabello, Amanda Seyfried and Queen Latifah, at the event, which honors women for their outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry. Cattrall was introduced by “Sex and the City” creator Darren Starr, who theorized what Samantha, Cattrall’s character, would say to him if they could meet.
“Like me, you’re a strong, self-made woman who prefers to take the road less travelled,” Starr said in the voice of Cattrall’s character, Samantha. “Above all, Kim, I admire your sense of humor, your incredible talent and your generous heart.”
Cattrall’s cover interview drew attention for her comments on “And Just Like That,” the ongoing revival series of “Sex and the City.” Cattrall sat out of the revival, having declined to star in a third film in 2017 following a disagreement over the direction of Samantha’s character. Cattrall told Setoodeh that she hadn’t watched the show at all and gave a definite “no” to reprising her character in the future.
“It feels like an echo of the past,” Cattrall said of Samantha’s character. “Apart from the really wonderful feeling – that’s rare in my business – that people want more, especially at 65. It’s powerful, that I left something behind that I’m so proud of. I loved it. I loved him so, so, so much. It’s tough competition. The original show is in all our imaginations. But for me, it’s clean.