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Kim Cattrall worried Samantha went too far

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Kim Cattrall says she worried sometimes while making Sex and the City that her character's storylines went too far.

Playing the sexually confident Samantha Jones on the incredibly popular show, Cattrall was in many ways the most progressive and liberated out of the four main characters.

But that came with its risks.

"A half-hour comedy is always a heightened set of circumstances but there was so much joy and also some fear of playing her because I never knew if playing Samantha, you know, the storylines had gone too far," Cattrall told AAP in Sydney.

"We were really pushing a lot of boundaries, I think. Sometimes more successfully than others but we were sort of on the frontlines of being a pathfinder to different ways of thinking about strength."

Out of the four leading women in the show, Cattrall's character was the one most likely to experiment sexually and discuss it with her girlfriends.

Fans of the show probably like to imagine the four are still huddled around a brunch table somewhere discussing Samantha's sexual exploits, however, Cattrall says she hasn't actually spoken to her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon in a while.

"I haven't really had an opportunity. I've been spending a tremendous amount of time in London and in Canada where we do my new series," she said.

But she says their bond is pretty unbreakable.

"The times that I'm in New York I will read or hear about (them) through other friends from the show behind the camera or other actors in front of the camera, so when we see each other it feels like no time has passed, sort of like family," she said.

Cattrall says that the show's popularity is unwavering as new generations are still discovering it and reaching out to her.

"I have conversations with them on Twitter or Instagram, and it doesn't seem to be letting up, which I think is the greatest compliment to be involved with something that has touched so many people and also is an ongoing life, and is telling stories about women, for women and about women," she said.

"And that gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction. It's like leaving a ripple behind you."

Cattrall is in Sydney to promote Specsavers and find the spectacle-wearer of the year.

Ironically, an episode of Sex and the City was dedicated to her character's dismay at needing a pair of glasses. In real life, Cattrall has been wearing glasses since she was 10 years old.

The intelligent and softly-spoken actress is now the writer, executive producer and star of her own show on Netflix called Sensitive Skin.

Having just recently turned 60, Cattrall is passionate about bringing stories about women of all ages to the screen.

"I still think that what I'm fighting against is a perception of what a woman my age is supposed to be like," she said.

"I think it would be very easy to cash in on playing the crazy aunty or something. I'm so much more in a position of wanting to give people a voice who don't have a voice. I'm interested in people tuning in to see a story that they might not know yet. That's an undiscovered country, a woman in her 50s 60s and her 70s, and I want to portray that faithfully."

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