Kristin Davis has portrayed Charlotte York in “Sex and the City” for more than two decades and now, many fans can’t deal with the fact that she and other cast members are getting older.
The 56-year-old actress told NewBeauty, “It can be extremely stressful to be aging and to be compared to your much, much, much younger self.”
“If I was from a regular life, I would feel fine; I would feel great! I’m healthy, I’m strong, I’ve got this little 3-year-old son, and I carry him around and it’s all good — but, no, I’m on television, where every bit of my physical being is analyzed,” she explained.
“That part was always very stressful and difficult for me, because, as much as I can look back on my life and think, ‘Oh, I looked great then,’ you never think that at the time. I guess no one does.”
Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cynthia Nixon were criticized by some for their looks since their first on-set pictures were released online.
“I have bad days; I have days where I literally want to put my face in a bowl of ice like Joan Crawford,” the actress said. She also noted that the paparazzi are fond of taking photos at angles that make them very unflattering on set.
“There’s going to be bad pictures, and they’re going to talk about them, and they’re going to discuss your hair, your face, your this and your that and that’s just how it is I guess … at least in this industry.”
Davis has accepted that this is mostly the case for women who’re judged based on impossible beauty standards.
She explained, “I like to think there’s more to life than how we look, but it’s unavoidable in our culture that, as you age — especially as a woman — that how you look is a lot. It’s a whole, bigger cultural conversation we need to have, but, right now, it’s hard.”
Her co-star and “And Just Like That” newcomer Nicole Ari Parker had spoken out about the hurtful comments the series has received. She told Vogue, “There’s so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A. Man. ’Gray hair, gray hair, gray hair. Does she have gray hair?’”
Sarah Jessica Parker piped in, “It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly okay with where we are … whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better. I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?”