Kim Cattrall’s role in the Netflix series, “Sensitive Skin,” is the exact opposite of Samantha, the free-loving character she became famous for playing on “Sex and the City.”
In “Sensitive Skin,” Cattrall plays a wife stuck in a mid-marriage crisis. She said the emotional aspect of aging is what drew her to the role.
“I think one of the things that made ‘Sensitive Skin’ and the journey for the character, Davina Jackson, so appealing to me was that it wasn’t just about hot sweats,” Cattrall told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts over a meal last week at Gabriels Bar & Restaurant in New York City.
“It was more of an emotional journey of saying, ‘I’m in my 50s, now what?’” Cattrall said. “Life is beginning again and she’s not completely prepared for it and to be in that place at this point in your life, it can be a scary place but it’s also new fresh fodder for comedy.”
Cattrall, 59, is an executive producer of the series.
“It took me 10 years to get this made,” she said. “I thought, ‘Wow this is a story that nobody’s telling’ and what I was noticing from doing a series like ‘Sex and the City’ was that was a story no one was telling.”
Cattrall was just around the age of 50 when “Sex and the City” ended its TV run in 2004. More than one decade later, fans still want to see Cattrall and her co-stars back together.
When asked if she would consider doing a third “Sex and the City” movie, Cattrall replied, “I think we all would.”
“It would be a tough script to write,” she said. “I would love to go back because it was a blast.”
When it comes to aging as an actor, Cattrall said she feels there is an “expiration date” of 35. For her personally, she says, “Younger is not where it’s at.”
“Older and feeling young is where it’s at,” she said. “I live in the real world.”
“I’ve turned down a lot of work where I felt that I would be playing someone who was basically something grotesque or a cosmetic joke or something that had such negative connotations,” she added.
Cattrall said she has found a level of contentment at this stage in her life by making choices for herself.
“I think I’m doing things I really enjoy,” she said. “My life will change and it will evolve as I get older and I’m accepting that instead of fighting against it.”
“That kind of letting go, I think, does start to begin to feel like peace,” she added.