Saturday, September 17, 2011

Words to live by: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker shares her thoughts

on juggling family, work, home and sanity:

"Like a ship avoiding icebergs. The internal lists, the children´s doctor´s appointments, the letters to write, the school projects..." At night she lies in bed and does what she calls every mom´s "strategic planning" for the day ahead: "What you have to do and how to get the kids from A to B, and whatever is required of you at your work. And maybe you can toss in friendships that need to be attended to...The thing that´s most surprising to me is how much we do in a day."

on her personality:

"I´m a bitter-ender. It´s potentially my fatal flaw that I do not give up on something. I will not rest. I work and work and work until I can no longer and someone has to remove me from the premises."

on having help at home:

"We don´t have any live-in help. We´re pretty hands-on parents. That´s something that´s important to both of us, and we don´t shirk it, because what´s the point in having a family if you´re not going to really participate in it, you know?"

on New York and its amazing opportunities:

"The beautiful thing about New York is, you have to expose yourself to other people the minute you step outside the door. There is no choice. And I love that. Plus, of course, there´s the cultural life. If I didn´t have kids, I would be at the theater or at the ballet every single night of my life. I love the opportunity to wear something really special and go to a wonderful event at some great cultural institution. Not to sound too Polyanna about it, but I really didn´t imagine when I was a little girl that I would be there to see it all myself."

on how she cares so much about her job:

"I lose my appetite. By Wednesday of the first week on ´I don´t know how she does it´, I was sobbing, I was apologizing. I was feeling so awful and ashamed, like I had let the director down. If only they would not tell me when the camera was running, I would be OK. I´m like that two weeks into every movie. But the beauty of nerves is that you can always find a comrade in it. When Pierce Brosnan came on set, he was a nervous wreck! Of course, by then I was really relaxed, but I was so comforted by it."

on her age and work opportunities:

"I kept thinking that this age was the one to be worried about. Like probably for the last five, six years I kept thinking, Oh, this is that age that I´ve heard about; this is that bad age where the work slows down. I assumed that at this point in my life I would be feeling frustrated, left behind, or marginalized, playing parts I was reluctant to. But I´ve been so busy, I´m not so sure that I see this fallow period yet. I´m not saying it´s not coming and that it won´t hit me like a ton of bricks, but I do find work that I´m excited about and interested in with people that I want to work with."


  1. This girl is just marvelous!

  2. Absolutely love her and I loved this article - she seems so down to earth despite her wardrobe!! Would love to spend a day in her shoes - literally! :)

  3. How amazing that you also wrote about SJP.. :)

    Check out my blog where I also wrote about her article in Vogue

    I totally adore her, she is amazing, right?
    I enjoyed looking at your blog,



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