Carrie Bradshaw and the girls are back! Sarah Jessica Parker graces the May 2010 cover of Vogue and opens up about fashion, filming SATC2 in Morocco, her struggles to conceive, and the joys of being mom to three young children.
On trying to conceive naturally: “[We] tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to get pregnant, but it just was not to be, the conventional way—I would give birth as often as I could, if I could. I cherished all the milestones, the good and the bad.”
On the day their surrogate mother, from Parker’s home state of Ohio, went into labor unexpectedly: Sarah’s hubby Matthew Broderick wasn’t home, so it was just she and her son running around the house throwing things into a suitcase. “And I came back into the room and saw James Wilkie combing his hair down in a certain way and standing in front of the mirror. And he doesn’t know that I heard him say, ‘I have to be handsome when I meet my sisters.’ It killed me.”
On meeting the twins for the first time: “Meeting your children rather than giving birth to them, it’s as if, um, it’s—suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone. It’s as if everything else disappears for a moment, and the world goes silent and—I can’t explain it except to say that nothing else existed. I don’t remember anything but the blanket on the bed that they were lying on and my husband’s face and their faces and my son’s. It’s literally as if sound is sucked from the room. Time stands still. It’s so different, and equally extraordinary. I am very poor at describing it. But it’s amazing.”
On the months leading up to the birth: “I think the biggest thing is you can’t celebrate something that is potentially filled with joy, nor can you share fears and worries about every checkup, you know—the sixteen-week checkup, the amnio, the this, the that. The bone scan, the nuchal test. And the waiting is different, the whole nine months. We couldn’t talk about the fact that we were having children to anybody for soooo long. All the stuff that matters is secretive and worrisome. You can’t talk about how you feel about the woman who’s carrying your children; you can only talk about it to your husband.” She laughs. “And he just doesn’t want to talk about it as much as you do.”
On wanting siblings for James: “I didn’t want him to have to shoulder the burden of us—later in life—by himself.”
On being away from the twins while filming SATC2: “I haven’t seen my daughters for almost two months, with the exception of Skype, and I have to tell you, I never felt like this.” [James] Stayed here [London] ; he loved it.” He also visited Morocco briefly, flying home without her (and filling in his own customs card on landing). But the twins were too young to get their H1N1 shots.
On if doing theater is easier for moms than doing movies: “[It’s harder] because I really like putting the kids to bed. And when I’m doing a movie, for the first few days of the week I can almost always get home in time to put James Wilkie and my daughters to sleep. If I’m doing a play, I miss all of that.”
On the girls’ nicknames: Tabitha Hodge (“or Babe”) and Marion Loretta Elwell (“or Kitty”). “Aren’t those great names? Babe Broderick! Kitty Broderick! It’s like it’s 1940. I wish it were 1940.”
On loving these early years with her kids: “[There’ll come a time when] my son doesn’t like us the way he really loves us now. He certainly won’t want to have us there and pushing his hair back and tucking him in and putting lotion on his body and the routine that we love. My daughters have a bottle at 6:30 to 7:00 and then they get like a dream feed at 9:30 to 10:00, and I love it.”
On loving motherhood: “I make my children’s food myself. We put together their high chairs ourselves; we do a lot ourselves! We do our own grocery shopping, we go to the market ourselves, you know? I do my laundry.”
On if there will be a SATC3: “We’re married now. If we make another one where we’re grandparents, we’d still have a good time.”
On her introduction to New York and Halston: “I came to New York originally in 1976, and then I got this part in Annie around the corner from Studio 54. I was a little girl, and for some reason they always invited the cast of Annie to Studio 54, so there I was at thirteen and fourteen, and the doorman would usher us in, literally underneath his arms. And it was 1977 in New York City, and you couldn’t be alive and not know the name Halston.”
On her new position with Halston: “There was every reason to say no, and there were very compelling reasons to say yes…. It’s an exciting time at that company. It has had some false starts that are well documented and it is relaunching itself. It has a wonderful legacy, and I couldn’t say no.”