The Players: Actress Kim Cattrall, best known for her role as Samantha Jones on "Sex and the City"; a reporter for the New York Post's gossip column, Page Six.
Opening Serve: At the premiere of Cattrall's new movie, "Meet Monica Velour," the Page Six writer instigated a conversation with Cattrall by asking whether the actress had gotten a bikini wax that day.
Return Volley: Obviously offended by the inquiry, Cattrall retorted: "That's a stupid question. You're a smart girl. How could you want to write that?" According to the Post, Cattrall advised the gossip reporter to find a more "respectable job," suggesting, "Why don't you work at--what's that news agency--Roybers?" After being corrected that the word she was looking for was "Reuters," Cattrall admitted, "Yeah, sorry, I've been drinking," and then offered "What about writing for a blog? Then you can write about what you want [or] care about."
What They Say the Fight's About: On the surface, Cattrall seems to take issue with the invasiveness of gossip columnists. That same night she also reportedly snapped at New York Daily News' Gatecrasher reporters who asked for a comment on the story of an awkward sexual encounter between Cattrall and her co-star while filming a kissing scene, recounted to them earlier by the film's director. "You know, as a woman, I really find those questions offensive," she replied, according to Gatecrasher. "As a woman, I find that really embarassing [for you] to ask that."
What They're Really Fighting About: Cattrall's sensitivity to the reporters' sex-related questions suggest that the bigger issue here is that, try as she might, the actress just can't seem to shake being identified with her over-the-top, sex-crazed character Samantha from "Sex and the City". "If Kim Cattrall wants to prove she's nothing like her 'Sex and the City' character, she has us sold," declares Gatecrasher after last night's encounter. Then, too, Cattrall seems to have a pretty legitimate beef with the way women are treated in Hollywood: "Ask me about being a woman," she suggested to Page Six. "Do you know what it's like to be 54 and marginalized? It doesn't get easier as you get older."
Who's Winning Now: The gossip reporters. Even though she may have had a point, Cattrall comes off as touchy and difficult while the Page Six and Gatecrasher reporters returned to their respective columns with more dirt than expected. Though Perez Hilton concedes that Cattrall had some right to be angry, as the Page Six reporter admitted to not even having seen the film in question, he points out, "then again, we imagine the reporter doesn't feel too ashamed over it. She got what she wanted--a juicy story about a drunken celeb." Lashing out at reporters was probably not the best business move for the actress. As The Gossip Wire blog notes,"We have a feeling that if she keeps up her anti-entertainment reporter status, she'll have a tough time on the film review front."
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.