Kim Cattrall plays Samantha Jones on Sex and the City, the ultimate man-eater, and she has profited from that reputation with her books Sexual Intelligence, Being A Girl and Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm. But Kim Cattrall is no femme fatale.
“I could not go into a bar and pick up a man,” she told The Daily Mail in an interview on the set of Sex and the City 2 in Marrakesh. “That is so foreign to me it’s not even in my hemisphere. I am totally insecure. That is predatory behavior, and I don’t consider myself a predator. In fact, I feel sometimes that I am the pursued.”
Cattrall has been married three times and recently ended her five-year relationship with the chef Alan Wyse, 20 years her junior. Now she is single again.
“I’m starting to date,” she said. “It feels all right. It’s very hard to be private about that. Whenever you step out for a drink or dinner, whomever you’re with becomes your latest beau. Which is a bit of a laugh for my gay friends.”
Kim describes herself as being a family person, and her recent search for her long-lost maternal grandfather–who abandoned his wife and children in Liverpool when Kim’s mother (now 80) was eight years old–featured in the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? The moving programme–in which her grandfather was discovered to have bigamously remarried, had another family and relocated to Australia–showed a very different side to the actress and revealed her closeness to her mother and her two Liverpool-based aunts.
“I come from a long line of strong Scouse women. It is not just an accent, it’s almost a constitution – held together by tea. Growing up, I remember there was always a pot on the back burner, and during the filming of Who Do You Think You Are? the bonding always seemed to happen over a cup of tea,” she says, adding, with a gentle laugh, that her mother regards her daughter’s role in a Tetley tea advert as her greatest acting achievement.
Who’da thunk it?
Image by Trevor O’Shana. Information from The Daily Mail.