Sarah Jessica Parker Workout Routine

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My mom loves Sex and the City.

But that doesn’t mean I expect her to read any of my articles.

Sarah Jessica Parker is an HBO babe.

She’s had other roles like Failure To Launch, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and a handful of other movie roles – but starring as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City and now Frances in Divorce are definitely her biggest hits.

Although her and Matthew McConaughey werrreeeee a really good pair in Failure To Launch…

Sarah Jessica Parker Stats:

Height: 5’3

Weight: (approximate) 123

Age: 54 years old

Sarah Jessica Parker does NOT look like she’s 54 years old in that picture.

I had to check more than one source just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

Normally the average height we see for women is around 5’4-5’6 with ladies such as Jennifer Aniston, Margot Robbie, Olivia Munn, Alicia Vikander, Sophia Bush, Tatiana Maslany, Evangeline Lilly, and a ton of others.

But then there is also that taller range, and among the tallest (even taller than the 5’7-5’8), are ladies like Gwendoline Christie, Gal Gadot, and a few others – with Phoebe Tonkin, Gabrielle Union, Brie Larson, Nina Dobrev, Daisy Ridley, and so many more coming in around that 5’7-5’8 range.

And, let’s not forget the shorter ladies of SHJ like Ariana Grande, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Emilia Clarke, Lucy Hale, Julianne Hough and a good handful of others.

But, either way, don’t worry.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Diet and Nutrition

Thankfully all our sources that have interviewed Sarah Jessica Parker agree: SJP is extremely lax with her diet, but most of the time she follows The Hamptons Diet guidelines.

We’ll go over exactly what that is, don’t worry, but I’m also going to share some quotes showing just how “lax” SJP is when it comes to choosing the foods she enjoys.

Here’s what Life and Style Mag has to share:

A “no junk food” rule?
 Again, no.
 “We always have Tootsie Rolls and York Peppermint Patties,” Sarah said. “I love to eat. I think about food all the time.” Surely, the award-winning fragrance designer has a formula for remaining so “lovely!”

Which they continue with:

Sarah Jessica is fairly lax about her diet, but she usually adheres to the Hamptons Diet. Created by former Atkins Center director Dr. Fred Pescatore, the Hamptons Diet takes elements from the Mediterranean Diet, the South Beach Diet and, of course, the Atkins Diet. Sarah Jessica eats a lot of fish and low-carb vegetables, lean meats, plus healthy fats and carbohydrates in moderation. The Hamptons Diet emphasizes using macadamia oil.

Pop Sugar stays right on track with what Life and Style Mag has to say by sharing:

Sarah Jessica does not hide the fact that she loves food, and counts pasta, bacon, and cheese as some of her favorite indulgences. It’s not a total junk-food fest, however, as she’s also followed the Hamptons Diet of lean meats, healthy fats, and low carbs during those times that she’s needed to drop a few pounds.

Both Self and Emrites Woman stay right there with us, Emrites giving us a list of banned foods when SJP is following her Hamptons diet restrictions:

Refined carbs, white sugar, white bread, pasta and rice, processed food, and saturated fats

I really like Sarah Jessica Parker’s outlook on diet and nutrition. She found what is sustainable for her (clearly, look at her bod over 50 years old!), which you’ll see even more of when we discuss her workout routine, and when she has to get a little more strict, she does so.

We see a lot of celebs opt for a sustainable approach like this.

That’s why our Academy Nutrition Classes (Monks, Minimalists, SuperHumans, Vikings, Spartans, Hunter Gatherers, Greek Gods, Samurais) revolve around helping you find the specific diet that is right FOR YOU.

Of course, there are a lot of reasons to HAVE the strict guidelines.

We’ve seen a lot of celebs opt for specific restrictions.

For example: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart incorporate 80/20 dieting with big weekly cheat meals, Hugh Jackman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Terry Crews utilize intermittent fasting(something I use daily as well), Mustafa Shakir and Madelaine Petsch are vegans, Brandon Routh and Frank Grillo opt for paleo, and tons of others utilize their own variations as well.

And, that’s just to name a few celebs from each, by the way.

You can check out our Nutrition Pillars for more information and articles on all of the above and more.

Sarah Jessica Parker Workout Routine Research

I think it’s important to note that Sarah Jessica Parker has always been in incredible shape.

As you can tell from the picture above of her back in 1992…you know…the year I was born….

That being said, Sarah Jessica Parker’s training has changed a lot over the years.

Now she says:

“I work out for a sum total of 22 minutes, because that’s all I can bear.”

But one think she ALWAYS sticks to is keeping an active lifestyle.

She makes sure to walk A LOT, and tracks her steps with a Fitbit, Life and Style shares:

“I walk a lot. I think walking is great,” the star said, admitting, “I have a Fitbit.” She achieves her daily 10,000 steps goal by walking her kids to school, running errands and hoofing it to meetings.
“I also live in a house with four flights of stairs,” she said.

Sarah Jessica Parker also loves yoga. She’s been quoting saying:

“I do yoga whenever I can.”

And, if nothing but me being redundant:

“I try to do yoga three times a week, and my twin daughters act like arm weights.”

Pop Sugar also shares this with us about SJP’s active lifestyle:

Whether she is picking up the kids from school or running errands, she prefers to hit the pavement rather than rely on a car to get her everywhere. And when distances are too far, she’s also been known to hop on a bike to get her where she needs to go. Besides being a moderate-calorie burner, walking can help elevate your mood and ease digestion and is also a great way to catch up with a friend.

But, as much as her current training seems to be more walking and staying active with a touch of yoga, Sarah Jessica Parker has also definitely worked with trainers, got involved in fitness classes, and done a lot more to get those toned muscles that never seem to leave her physique (no matter how many years go by)!

Emrites Woman shares this for our final quote, which I’ll be using to build a nice hybrid workout for you (Sarah Jessica Parker’s workout adapted through the years, we’ll call it):

As well as regular running, Pilates and yoga workouts, SJP maintains an active lifestyle in her native New York, taking the stairs everywhere and walking when possible. She also trains with celeb trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT Motion, who puts her through her paces with an intensive 20-minute combo of hip hop dancing, yoga and Pilates interspersed with weight exercises, allowing for active recovery sessions so that every second counts – literally!

So we’ll see a combo of tracking steps, getting active with fun activity, yoga, Pilates, and some high intensity (but short) circuits!

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Training Volume:

5+ days per week

Explanation:

I’m going to give you a few things to work with, including yoga, Pilates, a 20 min circuit, and even a full body workout to switch in and out; but for the most part you’ll be focusing in on tracking your daily walking and making the choices to get you more active.

Sarah Jessica Parker Daily Workout:

The main portion of your workout is to get active daily.

SJP achieves her daily 10,000 steps by making choices to go walking whenever she’s able.

So get out your apps or your Fitbits and start making it a daily goal to hit that marker!

Sarah Jessica Parker Bonus Activity:

SJP also mentions yoga in a handful of interviews and is known for doing some Pilates as well.

If you can make it to a local class, that’s great; but if not you can also find yoga videos and instructions either inside The Academy, or even on YouTube.

This can be 3 times a week or even more often if you’re able.

Make the conscious decision to get active wherever bonus activity is available.

Sarah Jessica Parker Workout: Full Body Workout

**Add this workout in from time to time like SJP does with weights.**

Warm Up:

Stretch

15 min walk

Workout:

Push Ups

3×20

Back Squats

3×10

Hamstring Curls

3×10

Bicep Curl Step Ups

3×10 each leg

Arnold Press

3×10

Glute Bridges

3×10

Core:

Forearm Planks

3×60 second

Lying Leg Raises

3×25

Sit Ups

3×25

Sarah Jessica Parker Workout: 20 Minute Circuit

Warm Up:

Stretch

Workout:

Complete One Round for Time

70 Calorie Run

60 Jumping Lunges

50 Second Plank

40 Push Ups

30 Air Squats

20 Burpees

10 Assisted Pull Ups

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Birthday girl Sarah Jessica Parker, who turns 48 today, is a shining example of how to stay fit and fab well into your 40s! Keep reading to see how Sarah Jessica stays healthy, toned, and sane under the pressure of being a busy actress and devoted mother of three.

  • Fitness as a priority: You don’t get arms like Sarah Jessica’s from lifting three-pound weights. Next to Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica has some of the strongest guns in the business, sculpted by her daily personal training sessions and regular yoga classes. Sarah Jessica told Good Housekeeping, “I do like feeling fit and healthy. When you’re young, you can run around and not really care about what shape you’re in because you wake up every day feeling OK. But now that I’m older, I need to do more for myself.” Want arms like Sarah Jessica? Check out this push-up variation that Sarah Jessica learned from trainer Marc Santa Maria.
  • She doesn’t deprive herself: Sarah Jessica does not hide the fact that she loves food, and counts pasta, bacon, and cheese as some of her favorite indulgences. Like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica lives to eat and makes up for it with her regular fitness routine. It’s not a total junk-food fest, however, as she’s also followed the Hamptons Diet of lean meats, healthy fats, and low carbs during those times that she’s needed to drop a few pounds.
  • Being active isn’t just about working out: We’ve all seen the photos — Sarah Jessica Parker walks everywhere! Whether she is picking up the kids from school or running errands, she prefers to hit the pavement rather than rely on a car to get her everywhere. And when distances are too far, she’s also been known to hop on a bike to get her where she needs to go. Besides being a moderate-calorie burner, walking can help elevate your mood and ease digestion and is also a great way to catch up with a friend. It can also act as the gateway drug to running: check out this eight-week plan to go from walking to running in no time!

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At 53, actress Sarah Jessica Parker is still ripped and stunning. Rather surprisingly, she doesn’t agree. “I don’t think I’m in that great shape these days,” Sarah said. “The body just doesn’t snap back in the way it used to when I was in my 20s.” OK, we’ll grant her that. What’s her secret? Pumping iron? No.

“I work out for a sum total of 22 minutes,” she admitted. “That’s all I can bear.”

Perhaps she has a nifty nighttime beauty routine? Also no. “I wash my face with whatever soap is lying around,” the star admitted. “Shower at night and sleep on wet hair. That’s my tip.”

A “no junk food” rule?
 Again, no.
 “We always have Tootsie Rolls and York Peppermint Patties,” Sarah said. “I love to eat. I think about food all the time.” Surely, the award-winning fragrance designer has a formula for remaining so “lovely!”

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Like her Sex and the City character, Sarah Jessica lives in New York City and takes advantage of her urban surroundings. “I walk a lot. I think walking is great,” the star said, admitting, “I have a Fitbit.”
She achieves her daily 10,000 steps goal by walking her kids to school, running errands and hoofing it to meetings.
“I also live in a house with four flights of stairs,” she said, referring to the side-by-side West Village townhouses she shares with husband Matthew Broderick and their three kids — James, 16, and twins Marion and Tabitha, 9.

Walking and using stairs have benefits, like promoting healthy breathing and circulation, burning moderate calories and aiding digestion, but SJP doesn’t stop there. “I try to do yoga three times a week,” she said.

Sarah Jessica is fairly lax about her diet, but she usually adheres to the Hamptons Diet. Created by former Atkins Center director Dr. Fred Pescatore, the Hamptons Diet takes elements from the Mediterranean Diet, the South Beach Diet and, of course, the Atkins Diet. Sarah Jessica eats a lot of fish and low-carb vegetables, lean meats, plus healthy fats and carbohydrates in moderation. The Hamptons Diet emphasizes using macadamia oil. As the name indicates, it’s made from macadamia nuts and has a buttery taste, but no cholesterol. Macadamia oil can be used for cooking or as a salad dressing. It’s even a natural moisturizer! The oil is an excellent source of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which can improve skin tone and boost metabolism. Unfortunately, it’s very expensive and not many stores carry it.

“I do like feeling fit and healthy,” the actress admits. “Now that 
I’m older, I need to do more for myself.”

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Unlike the Sex and the City girls’ trademark cosmopolitans, Sarah’s favorite drink is nonalcoholic. “I’m crazy for almond milk,” the star revealed. “It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. I can’t figure out if it’s an entire meal or dessert. Or if it’s thin and refreshing or thick like a milkshake.”

Although her natural beauty seems effortless, Sarah Jessica cautions others against drawing comparisons. She admits that stars have an edge. “No real woman should look to any woman in this industry as an example,” the star confessed. “I’m fortunate enough to have things like private trainers and yoga classes. I realize that.”

Get In Shape Like Sarah Jessica Parker | Diet & Fitness Secrets

At 48, she can still rock sample size couture like Carrie Bradshaw, but unlike her famous alter-ego, the 165m (approx. 5ft2ins) actress nourishes her 123lbs (56kg) figure with more than just back issues of Vogue. In fact, she counts pasta, bacon and cheese among her fave foods, making sure to work up a sweat with her personal trainer to work it off when she does indulge. Here’s how she does it.

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SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S DIET

SJP is a fan of The Hampton Diet, a hybrid of the Aktins, the Mediterranean Diet and the South Beach Diet. It encourages followers to choose leans meats, healthy fats and restrict refined carb intake, and, like the Mediterranean diet, it is rich in fish, low-carb veggies and organic whole foods. The magic ingredient of the diet is macadamia nut oil – thought to boost metabolism and long-term weight loss. Unlike the Atkins, carbs are allowed in moderation (40-60g a day), or less if you have more than 10lbs to lose.

FOODS BANNED FROM SJP’S DIET:

  • Refined carbs
  • White sugar
  • White bread, pasta and rice
  • Processed food
  • Saturated fats

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S DIET ADVICE:

“I do like feeling fit and healthy. When you’re young, you can run around and not really care what shape you’re in because you wake up every day feeling okay. But now that I’m older, I need to do more for myself.”

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EXAMPLE OF MEALS, TAKEN FROM THE HAMPTONS DIET

Breakfast

  • Plain yogurt and mixed berries
  • Poached egg, garlic spinach and turkey bacon

Lunch

  • Cream cheese, carrot, cucumber and bell pepper rolled in roast beef slices.
  • A piece of fruit

Evening meal

  • Lean sirloin kebabs with onions, mushrooms and grilled pineapple

Snacks

  • Whole wheat tortilla turkey wrap with lettuce and cream/Swiss cheese
  • Pineapple slices with plain yogurt and mint dip
  • Snack #2: Pineapple with Dip
  • Raw peanuts mixed with salt, chilli powder, sweet paprika, cayenne pepper and macadamia nut oil

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S WORKOUT

As well as regular running, Pilates and yoga workouts, SJP maintains an active lifestyle in her native New York, taking the stairs everywhere and walking when possible. She also trains with celeb trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT Motion, who puts her through her paces with an intensive 20-minute combo of hip hop dancing, yoga and Pilates interspersed with weight exercises, allowing for active recovery sessions so that every second counts – literally!

Get arms like SJP with Anna Kaiser’s 10-minute workout:

SARAH JESSICA PARKER ON HEALTH & FITNESS:

“I do yoga whenever I can.”

“I love to eat…I think about food all the time.”

“No real woman should look to any woman in this industry as an example. It’s simply not applicable because of the enormous number of advantages we have. Women should be reminded to be healthy rather than to be a size zero. I’m not going to kid you: money changes everything. I’m fortunate enough to have things like private trainers and yoga classes. I realise that.”

“I don’t think I’m in that great shape these days. I have to workout a lot harder. The body just doesn’t snap back in the way it used to when I was in my twenties!”

“I try to do yoga three times a week, and my twin daughters act like arm weights.”

“I work out for a sum total of 22 minutes, because that’s all I can bear.”

As the release date of the popular movie Sex in the City 2 is finally here, more and more women across the globe are flocking to see Carrie (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) and the girls’ new adventures on the big screen. Sarah Jessica Parker draws in many die hard fans for her role as Carrie – a drama filled, hot bodied, New York fashion enthusiast whose life revolves around a core group of female companions, fashion, and of course, men. Unlike her
female companion Samantha (played by Kim Catrall), who tends to bare it all, you can occassionally find Carrie in scenes in her underwear, revealing her perfectly fit 40 year old bod. So what is her secret to looking so great at her age? Read more to learn how SJP keeps so perfectly fit.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s Exercise Routine:
One would think that Sarah Jessica Parker would be an early morning riser running 20 miles daily, doing squats and sit ups regularly, and taking exclusive advice from her own personal trainer the way she looks at her age. But SJP claims that her slender frame comes mostly from her genes, and her regular diet plan. Afterall, 95% of our weight comes from what we eat, and if you eat healthy you can easily stay at a healthy weight. Aside from having good genes and eating well, Sarah Jessica Parker says she makes sure she does every day exercise. Living in New York she walks everywhere along the busy streets, and she always takes the stairs instead of the elevator.
Sarah Jessica Parker & The South Beach Diet Plan:
So now that we know that SJP stays thin according to her diet, what does she eat? Although she says she will often crave junk food, and on the ocasion give in to her craving, she tries to stick to the South Beach Diet Plan. The South Beach Diet is simple in that it replaces bad carbs and bad fats with good carbs and good fats.
There are 3 phases to the South Beach Diet Plan:
Phase 1 – 2 weeks of strictness: This happens over a 2 week period of time (and is the most strict part of the diet), where you only eat the following foods: eggs, reduced-fat cheese, beans, vegetables, nuts, and lean meat. Foods that are completely banned in phase one are: rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit, sugar, and baked products.
Here is a typical day with meals during phase 1:
Breakfast: glass of V8 juice, and poached eggs with spinach
Lunch: low-fat feta in tuna salad
Dinner: fish fillet or chicken breast with steamed veggies
Snacks: celery with low fat cottage cheese, nuts
Drinks: water, herbal teas
Phase 2 – Slow liberation of meals: This phase allows you to slowly add whole grains and fruit to your diet plan. The idea is to monitor your weight loss after Phase 1, and gradually add in the amount of grains and fruits that you want to your diet, at a comfortable level. Phase 2 is meant to increase your carbohydrate intake while continuing to lose weight, or staying at a comfortable weight. If you start to gain weight during this phase, return to phase 1 for a short period of time, and then slowly transition back to phase 2.
Phase 3 – All your life: At this stage you are happy with the changes that phase 1 and phase 2 have made to your lifestyle. By this time you should be comfortable with the diet plan you are following, the weight you are maintaining, and the minimal cravings that you should be having. If you start to gain weight again, you can always change this by starting at Phase 1 again and going through the phases to try and return back to your ideal weight.

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com Sarah Jessica Parker is not who you think she is. Thanks to Parker’s six-year stint as sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw on the hit show Sex and the City, many assume that the actress is, like that character, a flighty, flirty girl who likes to paint the town red. But the Sarah Jessica Parker who arrives at lunch on a warm day in downtown New York City has nothing in common with her alter ego. Instead, this wisp of a woman is not a girl at all. She is a devoted wife and mom who is unfailingly polite and gracious — a lady in the truest sense of the word.

One of eight children who grew up outside Cincinnati, Parker began acting at age eight in local productions and eventually found her way to Broadway. By age 12, she was starring in Annie as everyone’s favorite orphan. She then found steady work as a character actress in films while appearing on Broadway in shows like How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. That musical brought her together with the man who would become her husband, actor Matthew Broderick. The two stars wed in 1997 and have carved out a cozy home life in New York City’s chic Greenwich Village neighborhood with their three-year-old son, James Wilkie. Parker, 41, relishes her role as a mom and lights up when she speaks of her little boy.

Since Sex and the City ended its run in 2004, Parker has made a successful return to the big screen. She got strong reviews for her performance as an uptight businesswoman in last winter’s The Family Stone, then charmed audiences as the woman pushing Matthew McConaughey out of the nest in the hit romantic comedy Failure to Launch. She has also endorsed the Garnier Nutrisse line of haircolor and created her own signature fragrance. Parker’s perfume, which is a best seller, bears a name that easily sums her up: Lovely.

Dressed casually in a white cotton blouse and black pants, with her dark-honey-color hair tied back in a simple knot, Parker is right at home in this sunny bistro. She doesn’t hesitate to order a large plate of linguine with pesto and then devours every last bite.

I’m thrilled you’re having lunch with me. I’m sure you have so many other fabulous places to be.

No, no! People always assume that I’m some sort of party girl, and that’s such a misconception because I like staying home. People think my husband, Matthew, is this quiet, retiring type, and it’s actually the total reverse. I’m at home, and Matthew loves going out on the town.

How have you and Matthew managed to maintain such a strong marriage?

Well, I do feel lucky. I still like him. I mean, I love him — that goes without saying. But to like somebody at this stage, when we’ve been together for 14 years — I think that says a lot. I think it helps that we live here, in New York. We’re not under the white-hot spotlight of Los Angeles and the curiosity about personal lives that exists out there. You can’t live in New York City and be the most important person in town, you just can’t. There are too many other important people here.

You’re one of eight children. Are you close to your family?

Very. And most of my siblings live here, close to New York. I think growing up in a big family taught me a lot of problem solving and how to share and compromise, and that’s been helpful in my marriage. But my husband, in terms of his upbringing, is in many ways the exact opposite because he’s the only son and the baby. He’s the youngest by a significant number of years — he was pretty much a surprise baby — so he feels more like an only child in some ways. But he’s just — I know, I’m going to start gushing — he’s just lovely. He’s a good, good person.

How much did life change when you had your son?

It changed in every possible way you could imagine. In the best possible ways. I was 37 when James Wilkie was born, and I’d like to think I’m a much better mother than I would have been ten years earlier. I know that just from seeing my mother raise eight children, with nothing and no help and being young. And I think Matthew and I are better people for having a child. Otherwise, I think both of us would have worked too hard for too many years. Now, thanks to James, there’s a balance. Our work has a wonderful new place in our lives because leaving the set and coming home is so exciting. When I round the corner to my street and when I open the door and see my son…whatever happened in my day prior to that is unimportant. My son doesn’t know how flawed I am, how flawed we are. He still likes us so much, and that’s so incredible to be around. He’s the light of our lives. I completely understand now what parents always say about how having children opens up your life.

Do you want to have another child?

Absolutely. If that’s not what happens, I’ll still feel very lucky. But I would love for him to have a sibling; I think it would be better for him not to be an only child. But we’ll see what happens….

You’ve worked so much since he was born. Do you feel you get to spend enough time with him?

No. I mean, he’s with me all the time — he’s been with me every day on the set of the last two films I’ve done — and I think he feels very loved and safe. He knows how deeply we feel about him. But it’s time for me to take a break. I would like to not work for at least four months. And I realize how lucky I am to have that option.

Are you a strict mom, or are you a pushover?

I’m pretty strict. And Matthew is completely different from me in that respect…. He is a pushover, exactly the way you think he’d be. Anytime James does something that is outside accepted three-year-old behavior, Matthew will explain it away based on age. Like “Come on, he’s only three years old!” Recently, I said to him, “I can just see it now: You’re going to be saying ‘Come on, he’s only 42…. Come on, he’s only 71.'” It’s like, when do you stop? Kids actually like boundaries. They dig them. They want them. But Matthew doesn’t want to deny him a thing. He’s a typical dad — he’s the one who says yes to everything that I’ve said no to earlier.

How do you make sure that your son doesn’t turn out to be spoiled?

We’re sensitive to anything that would make him feel like a child of affluence. We remind him of certain things, and we don’t want him to make assumptions. I don’t want him to assume he can have everything he wants or treat people a certain way and get away with it.

Your marriage to Matthew came under intense scrutiny after you won a Golden Globe award a few years ago and you forgot to thank him in your acceptance speech.

And just like that, according to the tabloids, our marriage was over. Meanwhile, Matthew couldn’t have cared less. Never mind the fact that he didn’t even know about it, because he was working…or that Matthew, by the way, had won some awards in the past and hadn’t thanked me. For some reason, that was acceptable. But for me to not thank him! Well, clearly, that made me a bitch, and also, clearly, a woman can’t achieve anything without a man. And when Matthew was confronted outside our home by paparazzi shouting “Is your marriage over?” he actually said, “Why would Sarah Jessica thank me for work that she did with 200 other people?” Of course, nobody ever printed that, and the controversy just carried on. But here’s what I say about it today: Come back and check with me in 25 years and see who I’m married to. It will still be him.

During your courtship, you didn’t hide the fact that you’d hoped Matthew would ask you to marry him.

How did you ultimately get him to commit?

I gave him an ultimatum. No! I’m kidding! He did it in his own time, in his own way. And it was wonderful.

Having grown up without much money, are you frugal now? How does your wealth affect you?

Well, I rarely splurge. But last year, around Christmastime, I went shopping for myself. I can’t remember the last time I did that. When I was doing Sex and the City, I just lived off the leftovers. But now I find myself actually needing clothes. So I went shopping, and it was fantastic! So much fun.

You don’t feel guilty about that little spree, do you?

No. But it’s funny because in the old days, like ten years ago when I would go shopping, I used to get a stomachache afterward. I would have such intense guilt. I would tell the salesperson beforehand, “Listen, I’ll probably see you tomorrow because I’m going to bring all this back.” They never believed me, but sure enough, I would go back the next day and say “I couldn’t sleep.” After this recent spree, though, I slept fine. I guess that proves I really believe I’ve made it!

What sort of guilty pleasures do you let yourself indulge in more regularly?

Well, I really like reality television! Seriously, I love The Amazing Race and another reality show, Project Runway. After I put my son to bed at night, I sit down and watch those shows, and that feels like a complete luxury. I don’t have everything else going on in my brain.

Any naughty foods that you ought to avoid but can’t?

Oh, Liz, I love to eat. I think about food all the time. Matthew and I will lie in bed at night, and we’ll say to each other, “Who is going to make the coffee tomorrow? What kind of coffee should we have? The Kenyan or the Jamaican? What are we going to eat? If you get up before me, are you going to make bacon? Will you make the eggs over easy? Will you put cheese in them? Should we have whole wheat toast?” It’s very sexy. Then we have breakfast the next morning, and we talk about what we want to eat for lunch. And at lunch, we talk about dinner. Basically, we think and talk about food all the time.

But, my dear, you do have a very enviable figure.

I want to say something about that, which is that no real woman should look to any woman in this industry as an example. It’s simply not applicable because of the enormous number of advantages we have. Women in this country should be reminded to be healthy rather than to be a size zero. I’m not going to kid you: Money changes everything. I’m fortunate enough to have things like private trainers and yoga classes. I realize that.

But it’s not as if you’ve spent a fortune having plastic surgery. You work out regularly, yes?

Yes, I do now, because it’s come to my attention that I’d better do it. I do yoga whenever I can, and I do like feeling fit and healthy. When you’re young, you can run around and not really care about what shape you’re in because you wake up every day feeling OK. But now that I’m older, I need to do more for myself.

Early on, were you ever pressured to change your appearance, get a nose job, things like that?

I think everybody, at some point in my career, has made some sort of suggestion. I’m not an idiot, and I understood that there was a standard of beauty and that I didn’t fit into it. But I’ve always thought of myself as an actor who is on a journey, and part of that journey is finding good work, regardless of my appearance. I’ve never wanted to homogenize myself in the way that was expected in the past. And now, I’ve surrounded myself with the sort of people who support me just the way I am.

When you do have some spare time, how do you relax?

I read, watch TV, or knit. But I try to knit and watch TV at the same time, which means I end up with many dropped stitches. And I am a big reader. Never leave the house without a book, my mother always told me. My mother would sit in traffic with the New Yorker on her lap. So all my siblings and I always have a book or a paper or something.

So clearly you aren’t the party girl that you portrayed on Sex and the City!

No, not at all. I understand why people identify me with her so much — I was in their homes as Carrie for so long. But while I have great affection for her, I am not her.

And although Sex and the City is known for raciness, you never did any nudity on the show.

And I basically never cursed either. I don’t curse. And no, I never did nudity. I was always too afraid to take my clothes off! It’s just not something I’m comfortable with.

So now that you’re officially a movie star, would you ever return to Broadway, which you love?

I will return to Broadway whenever they will have me. I’ve just finished three movies back-to-back, and they were all great. And I will work hard to be worthy of more such opportunities. The past 20 years have been like a dream, and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t end.

Just the facts

HEIGHT: 5’4″

DATE OF BIRTH: March 25, 1965

BY ANY NAME: Though she’s mostly called Sarah Jessica in full, the star says she’ll answer to “Sarah, SJ, SJP, ‘hey, you,’ anything.”

IF THE SHOE FITS: She loves couture cobblers like Jimmy Choo, but she has particular affection for Manolo Blahnik, who named a special stiletto after her: the SJP.

ROMANTIC PAST: Before settling down with husband Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica was romantically linked with John F. Kennedy Jr. and Robert Downey Jr.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Sarah Jessica hasn’t completely parted with her Sex and the City past. She still owns the pink tulle tutu her character wore in the show’s opening title sequence, and she e-mails or visits with costars Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis on a regular basis.

From welfare to wealth: Sarah Jessica’s amazing journey

When Sarah Jessica Parker made headlines in the New York Times in 2000, it wasn’t because of her marriage to fellow celebrity Matthew Broderick or because of her status as style icon. Instead, it was the actress’s revelation that, as a child growing up with her mother, stepfather, and seven siblings in Cincinnati, she and her family had received public assistance to stay afloat.

“We were on welfare,” Parker told Geraldine Fabrikant of the Times. “I remember being poor. There was no way to hide it. We didn’t have electricity sometimes. We didn’t have Christmases sometimes, or we didn’t have birthdays sometimes, or the bill collectors came, or the phone company would call and say ‘We’re shutting your phones off.’ And we were all old enough to either get the calls or watch my mother’s reactions or watch my parents shuffling the money around.” The star has come a long way from the days when her mother would buy her dresses for 99 cents each. Still, she remains a conservative spender and careful investor. “I have such a weird relationship with money,” she explained to the Times. “It comes from the desire to save, save, save. And, on the other hand, I have been working so hard for 25 years — why can’t I have another pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes or that bag that I love?”

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