It seems like only yesterday. It felt to me like they were excited to celebrate this special time with their girlfriends—both the ones in the seats and on the screen. So when I thought about the sequel, I knew I wanted it to be the continuation of the party. I wanted the movie to be the party. Charlotte converted to Judaism, adopted an Asian daughter and had another daughter.
And Carrie is somebody who has tried everything she can to make her relationship work with Big and still be a self-employed writer. Miranda, a partner at a prestigious New York Law firm, has discovered that despite all her years to prove otherwise, there can be a glass ceiling for women who work.
She wants to be able to say she feels good about the expectations she has had of her partner and herself. We all have our breaking point, and Miranda is reaching hers. What else is left of me? She had a lot of trouble with men. Now, although her career is still very important to her, she is a fairly happy wife and mother. But once she makes the decision to put down the BlackBerry, she sees the world. But, thanks to observations from Samantha, she wonders whether Harry may stray in that direction.
This little getaway with the girls gives her the luxury of some much needed sleep and she regains her ability to trust her instincts again. The most outgoing of the foursome, Samantha is a smart hedonist who lives life on her own terms. However, this time around, life is throwing the sexy blonde a few curveballs as she is forced to deal with the idea of aging and what locking horns with the first symptoms of menopause means for her liberated lifestyle. Cattrall looked forward to approaching this fact of life from a comedic point of view.
However, no man has had a bigger impact on Carrie than her on-again, off-again boyfriend, friend, lover and, at long last, husband…Mr. Or, as we now know him, John James Preston. Now, approaching their second anniversary, the couple is still trying to agree on their own unique definition of marriage. Then what should have been a romantic exchange of gifts suddenly makes her wonder if he really knows her at all. This woman also happens to be extremely gorgeous and to have never worn a bra in her life.
This causes Samantha to question why Charlotte would bring such temptation into their home, leading to suspicions that had never occurred to Charlotte before. The movie poses the question of whether Harry has become untrustworthy, or whether Charlotte has grown paranoid. Samantha, one of her best friends. Anthony and Stanford, respectively. In New York for the premiere of his newest film, Smith invites his former flame and her friends to the big event.
For the splashy red carpet scene, the filmmakers were able to bring in some exciting guest stars in cameo roles, including fashion guru Tim Gunn and teen fashionista Miley Cyrus, who shares an unexpected paparazzi-fueled moment with Samantha.
Of course, getting such A-listers to New York for the filming took some careful juggling of schedules. Like a true desert mirage, in the middle of the Abu Dhabi marketplace and in the midst of confused feelings about her marriage, Carrie sees…Aidan. John as Aidan Shaw, Chris as Mr. Though President Obama was attending a function only a few blocks away, thousands of onlookers and paparazzi stood their ground, cramming the sidewalks for a glimpse of the actresses dressed for a flashback to the s, when Carrie first arrived in the big city.
Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda meet at the upscale venue with a very special purpose in mind, to find the perfect wedding gift for Stanford and Anthony.
Then he told me about the swans and a water feature, and it was off to the races. Floral designer Tess Casey even added crystals to the flowers so that they would pop. The fun for the design team and Sarah Jessica and me was to figure out how Carrie interprets them as a couple, design-wise.
We wound up with a good mix: It would be grown up and it would reflect their relationship now. John Preston and John James Preston. It has great views and you really feel the city all around them.
In the film, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda all perform a karaoke song together, which Parker, Cattrall, Davis and Nixon had pre-recorded several weeks before in a Manhattan studio, and then lip-synched during filming. But I thought we did good—for us, we did good. And they got it; they recorded it with a completely different tone.
Though the ladies had been to a resort in Mexico together, King really wanted to go much further afield this time, someplace where these characters could take in the sights and sounds of a world completely foreign to them, both as Americans and, primarily, as women.
Of course, Samantha makes bringing her girlfriends with her part of the deal. Morocco, with a year history of filmmaking, would stand in for Abu Dhabi, and the bulk of shooting there took place in Marrakech. However, the first few days of filming took place several hundred miles away, at the edge of the Sahara. After all, no trip to the desert would be complete without a camel ride across the sand.
Though camels have a reputation for being temperamental, these seasoned pros were remarkably calm…most of the time. It was so funny. Moving into Marrakech, the production faced new challenges. Marrakech, comprised of both an old fortified city known as the medina, and an adjacent modern city, has the largest traditional souq in Morocco. For their marketplace scenes, the production shot through some of the main arteries in the medina, a 1,year-old living link to the past where mosques and palaces stand side-by-side with humble dwellings.
A major tourist attraction, the medina is comprised of a very tight, narrow series of alleyways and streets containing small stalls, workshops, craft shops and the like. Everything from antique treasures to modern-day trinkets can be found among the merchandise. Production designer Jeremy Conway revamped stretches of the area to make them look more appropriate to Abu Dhabi, toning down some of the vibrant colors of the goods on sale and putting up new signage in the version of Arabic more specific to that nation.
But it felt authentic and the atmosphere leaps off the screen. It was stunning and exotic, and we wound up creating a magical, faraway place filled with actors and extras of every race and nationality. Once in Abu Dhabi, they are driven from the airport to the hotel and around town in grand style, namely in four Daimler AG Maybachs 62s, full-size luxury sedans that are hand-designed and crafted over a period of six to nine months.
The wrapping was done in Los Angeles and the cars were then air freighted to Frankfurt, Germany, and transported from there to Marrakech.
The very exclusive luxury vehicles—there are only about 2, in the world—are equipped with an extremely powerful air conditioning system that allows cool air to come through the seats—extremely useful in the Moroccan desert heat. The next-to-last week of filming in Morocco happened to coincide with Thanksgiving, making it bittersweet for many American cast and crew members so far away from their loved ones. The fantasy element of it was really special, and a great jumping off place to make it gorgeous, and less about reality.
The designer saw the Abu Dhabi nightclub scene as a particularly fun challenge. One of the most stunning finds Field made appears in the karaoke sequence: Most of the time I use rhinestones and crystals, because the camera sees the same thing, but this one was, wow, just outstanding and so special.
I do like a good shoulder pad. Yes, but why not? It was probably the best time we ever had as a group, and it was so great to have that experience.