On ageism in Hollywood:
‘I’m not ready to play someone who is grotesque, either from being thought as a very, very older woman at 60 – which I’m not and I don’t feel that way! 60 now is different to my mother’s 60 and I’ve had the advantage of working out and educating myself further and working on so many things that have challenged me mentally and physically. They have demanded me to be much more youthful…. and I’m not ready for that. I just feel like there are very few roles to begin with, in the category of someone who is wanting to be young in a very desperate way or someone who has given up. And that’s why I don’t depend on Hollywood for jobs anymore, that’s why I became an executive producer.’
On not feeling like a sex-bomb at age 41 when she started to film Sex and the City:
‘When the show began I was 41. I felt I was too old to be sexy, I was being ageist about myself. It was 1997 and a woman over 40 back then was just not viewed as vital or desirable. I didn’t think I could pull it off. I didn’t think people would believe in her like they did. But I was absolutely wrong. Samantha broke the mould for the older woman.’
… says 60 year-old Kim.