Maybe it was all that heart-to-heart correspondence with SJP, replete with wisdom from years of wearing stilettos and being the poster child for Manhattan. Or maybe it's because she's logged hours and hours of watching the entire series of SATC at home (a marathon session of which many of us are guilty). Whatever the reason, any existing uncertainties about AnnaSophia Robb have been squashed, because at the H&M Denim Days event, AnnaSophia was grownup, glamorous, and, well, "Carrie Bradshaw."
We caught up with AnnaSophia about living up to her fans' expectations, identifying with her character, and her favorite (and least favorite) '80s trends.
So many SATC viewers tend to identify themselves with one of the characters. Is that something you and your friends do? If so, where do you land?
"We talk about it on set a lot. I’d definitely say I’m more of a Carrie, just because I think Carrie is a compilation of all of the different girls. I think that’s why most people really like her the most because they really see different parts of themselves in her."
Has playing Carrie changed you at all? Has it impacted your personal style?
"It’s definitely made me more fashion conscious, for sure. I like to wear a lot more glitter and accessories and bigger hair. (Laughs)."
Is that your favorite '80s trend, the big hair?
"I think so. I’ve always wanted curly hair. My whole family has curly hair, so it’s fun to have it on set."
What about an '80s trend you’re not so fond of?
"The big shoulder pads I don’t think is a great look. A little one is okay, but too big? Not so much."
How do you react to the expectations of those die-hard Sex in the City fans? What’s the most stressful thing about living up to this crazy franchise that has such scope and reach?
"I was really stressed out before. But now that it’s out, I’ve really taken a chill pill. The show really stands on its own, and we’re really gathering a new fan base as well as an older fan base. But, we’re just trying to create a show that everyone can enjoy and it stands alone."
We saw a lot of complaints that you were too pretty to play Carrie. That feels mean and a little objectifying in the opposite direction of the norm. How did you react to that? What do you say to those people?
"I think it’s a matter of perspective. I mean beauty is about self-confidence, and that’s really something that Carrie is trying to find in herself in the show. We have hair and makeup. It takes a whole team to make me look like this. This isn’t how I wake up — I swear! But Carrie is really about exploring her own self-confidence, and it’s growing with her fashion sense and how she wants to present herself to Manhattan."
What do you wish people would change about the way they talk about women, particularly female actresses, when it comes to appearance?
"I would just say less objectification, and looking more at the quality of the person rather than the outside. That’s kind of a general thing I think, you know?"
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