It’s poetic that Candace Bushnell and Carrie Bradshaw, the alter ego she created practically 25 years in the past, are returning to take New York Metropolis on the identical time.
The creator’s one-woman present, “Is There Nonetheless Intercourse within the Metropolis?” premieres off-Broadway subsequent month — and the buzzy “Intercourse and the Metropolis” sequel, “And Simply Like That . . .” launches on HBO Max weeks later.
“It’s a coming-of-age story . . . It’s how I created Carrie Bradshaw, why I created Carrie Bradshaw, what occurred to me afterward,” mentioned Bushnell.
“It’s actually the creation story of Carrie Bradshaw — and that’s my story.”
Bushnell, 62 and divorced, nonetheless had loads to say about New York Metropolis relationship in her 2019 novel, “Is There Nonetheless Intercourse within the Metropolis?” together with her characters worrying about “cubbing” — when a youthful man pursues an older girl — and vaginal rejuvenation, amongst different sizzling matters.
It was round that point that she began mulling the thought of a one-woman efficiency, with the assistance of director Lorin Latarro. Previews begin Nov. 13 on the Daryl Roth Theatre, and the present — during which Bushnell’s poodles, Pepper and Prancer, have walk-on roles — opens Dec. 7.
There’s only one factor she doesn’t love about it: “I’ve to put on Spanx!”
After years in the past insisting she wasn’t going to reply any extra questions on “the nonexistent-in-reality Carrie Bradshaw,” Bushnell has made peace together with her legacy. However that doesn’t imply that she’s not vital of “Intercourse and the Metropolis” — or that she understands why persons are so obsessive about it.
“I don’t have a look at the TV present the way in which different individuals have a look at it. I don’t parse each little bit. It’s an amazing present, it’s actually humorous. However there are followers who . . . it’s like, that present actually guides them,” she mentioned.
Touchdown Mr. Large, she added, shouldn’t be the takeaway.
“The fact is, discovering a man is possibly not your greatest financial alternative in the long run. Males might be very harmful to girls in loads of other ways. We by no means speak about this, however that’s one thing that girls want to consider: You are able to do loads much less . . . when it’s a must to depend on a person,” Bushnell advised The Publish. “The TV present and the message weren’t very feminist on the finish.
“However that’s TV. That’s leisure. That’s why individuals shouldn’t base their lives on a TV present.”
She definitely isn’t stunned that “SATC” is making a return.
“HBO’s going to generate income on it. They’re going to take advantage of it as a lot as they’ll,” Bushnell mentioned. “They rebooted ‘Gossip Woman.’ In the event that they didn’t reboot ‘Intercourse within the Metropolis,’ it could be actually unusual.”
And whereas “I don’t know something about what the brand new present’s going to be about,” Bushnell added, she is going to watch the sequel — with stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis of their iconic roles as Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte, respectively.
“After all I’m going to look at it . . . I hope it runs for six seasons. I receives a commission somewhat bit of cash,” she mentioned, laughing.
However one pal Bushnell might not speak about it with is Kim Cattrall — aka Samantha from “SATC” — who just isn’t returning.
As The Publish has reported over the previous few years, Cattrall felt frozen out of her co-stars’ tight clique — information that shocked followers who needed to consider the actresses have been as shut off-camera as on.
“My Mother requested me immediately, ‘When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, go away you alone?’ ” Cattrall wrote in a 2018 Instagram put up. She additionally advised followers to “copy and paste [the] hyperlink” to a Publish story entitled, “Contained in the imply women tradition that destroyed ‘Intercourse and the Metropolis.’ ”
“I completely love Kim,” mentioned Bushnell. “However it appears she needs to do different issues, and she or he doesn’t really feel like doing the present. Possibly she doesn’t need to be that character anymore. Possibly she doesn’t need to put the Spanx on!
“In actual life, these girls are usually not these characters — they’re the alternative. Sarah Jessica Parker, she’s been married eternally to the identical man. She’s obtained youngsters. I don’t know her very effectively, however she appears to be very family-oriented [in a way Carrie is not].”
There’s one other large distinction, the creator identified, between Carrie and SJP — and between SJP and Bushnell herself.
“[Parker] is wealthy. She just isn’t preserving her sweater in an oven [instead of a closet, like Carrie once did], OK? When she was in her 20s, she was very profitable. I wasn’t, and I used to be scared.”
In her off-Broadway present, Bushnell recounts her personal origin story, rising up in Glastonbury, Conn., with a father who helped invent a hydrogen gasoline cell integral to the Apollo area missions.
She moved to NYC at 19 with simply $20 in her pocket and felt concern on the streets “each minute . . . You couldn’t stroll half a block with out being harassed. I imply, actually harassed. Harassed in a means that you just simply — you’d really feel your self shrinking right down to nothing and simply feeling so ashamed.”
“You must determine, ‘How can I deal with this?’ ” Bushnell recalled. Her tactic was to inform off her harassers: “F–ok you, f–kers!’ As a result of you possibly can’t make it go away.”
To Bushnell, “Intercourse and the Metropolis” was by no means merely concerning the bodily act of intercourse.
“It was the bigger thought of what’s horny: Doing enterprise is horny, being bold is horny, staying up till 4 within the morning and partying is horny. Energy dialog is horny. Attending to the number-one desk within the restaurant — that’s horny,” she recalled. “New York was horny. It was thrilling, however on the identical time, it was crammed with landmines like Harvey Weinstein.
“These males are freaking scary. I’d truly have a look at these guys and I’d assume, ‘How might the ladies even be round them?’ ”
From 1994 to 1996, Bushnell wrote her relationship column for the Observer, which then turned her guide “Intercourse and the Metropolis” — and the rights have been snapped up by her pal, TV producer Darren Starr, who turned it into the HBO present. (“You actually don’t get as a lot cash as individuals assume you do,” she mentioned about that.)
“That’s my story and the story of my associates — single girls of their 30s,” she recalled. “We hadn’t seen this character earlier than: The lady who was exploring her personal life, her choices . . . she wasn’t getting married in her 20s and having youngsters.
“It was a few new girl who involves New York to make it like a person.”
At 43, Bushnell, who has no youngsters, wed Charles Askegard, a New York Metropolis Ballet dancer 10 years her junior. They divorced 9 years later, amid studies of his alleged affair with ballerina Georgina Pazcoguin.
“She was a youthful girl, and if a 23-year-old is after your 42-year-old husband they usually work, journey and dance collectively, there are conditions the place you possibly can’t compete,” Bushnell has mentioned. “It’s simply sort of the legislation of the jungle.”
She has solely seen her ex as soon as since their breakup. “We had a pair laughs,” the creator advised The Publish. “There are some individuals who, they arrive into your life, you by no means noticed them earlier than, after which, after they exit of your life, you’re by no means going to see them after.”
Bushnell splits her time between Manhattan and Sag Harbor. Regardless of breaking apart with Jim Coleman, a real-estate adviser/guide whom in a 2019 Publish story she referred to as “Mr. Larger,” Bushnell cryptically hinted that the 2 haven’t fairly ended their romance, however didn’t elaborate.
Requested if she thinks her obit will learn, “Candace Bushnell — ‘Intercourse and the Metropolis’ creator,” the creator mentioned: “It’ll say Candace Bushnell, after which my checklist of accomplishments. ‘Intercourse and the Metropolis’ shall be one.
“I don’t take into consideration the present that a lot. I’ve written, I don’t know, seven books since then. Each has been about girls at a unique time of their lives, in order that’s what I’m actually focused on.”