The Carrie Diaries is a fun retro series about a young girl finding her footing in big city Manhattan in the 1980s. The girl in question … Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame. The only issue with the series is that it’s a new take on wildly popular characters we have come to know in six seasons and two films. Since we’ve known these characters for more than 10 years, can a series really justify making changes?
The series follows Candace Bushnell’s Carrie Bradshaw’s life more closely than the version we know from television and films. However, this Carrie does call into question our perspective about the unlucky in love fashionista. Can a girl with such fabulous teen years be so relatable?
1. Carrie's Daddy Issues
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) didn’t have a dad in the HBO series. In the episode “A ‘Vogue’ Idea” she confesses that her dad abandoned her family. This explains why she was consistently drawn to older men like Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov). However, in the CW teen series, Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) has lost her mother. Her father Tom Bradshaw (Matt Letscher) is doting, attentive, and pretty respectful. The shift does work to change the way we'd analyze the behavior of adult Carrie, just a bit.
2. How They Met
In the Sex and the City 2, Carrie describes how she met all of her friends: first Charlotte (Kristen Davis), then Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), then finally Samantha (Kim Cattrall). However, on the Carrie Diaries, young Carrie meets a young Samantha (Lindsey Gort), who is cousins with Carrie’s sex-obsessed school rival Donna LeDonna (Chloe Bridges). From a narrative perspective, it makes sense. Young Carrie has a friend like Charlotte in overachieving Mouse (Ellen Wong) and snarky Maggie Landers (Katie Findlay). Also, Samantha is a fan favorite. But it calls into question why the show would alter the canon if it would so readily pander to fans of the HBO series.
3. Carrie's Lost Virginity
Older Carrie confesses she lost her virginity in a Sean Bateman’s rec room on a ping pong table (something more or less... relatable). In The Carrie Diaries, rather than losing her virginity to her boyfriend Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler) she loses it to a young playwright Adam Weaver (Chris Wood). This is symptomatic of the need to paint a young Carrie Bradshaw of having fabulous teenage years. If she grows up to be a “the last single girl” at 40 years old who makes poor choices with men, money, and her life the series seems more like a tragedy.
4. The Escapades of Samantha
Gort’s portrayal of Samantha is the right blend of a wink and a nod to Catrall’s unique cadence and over the top behavior with a fresh take on the character. Catrall’s Samantha represented successful women with more traditionally "masculine" attitudes on sex. Echoing adult Samantha's business savvy, Gort’s Samantha can scam her way into something fabulous. She isn’t as sex-obsessed as Catrall’s Samantha, but she does have sex pretty indiscriminately in the 1980s with AIDS on the rise. The prospect of Samantha having a ton of sex for 30 years is a little excessive if you stop to think about it.
5. Carrie Doesn’t Struggle at All
Adult Carrie is always struggling but handles it with grace. She can’t pay her bills but can use her cache in Manhattan nightlife to still live fabulously. However, young Carrie has no real problems. She’s upper-middle class, is able to accept an internship at Interview magazine during with her school schedule, and she has rich boy after rich boy interested in her. The series is lighthearted and doesn’t really offer Bradshaw any character building struggles. So why is the woman we meet in her adult years so harried?
Here's a video that shows all the similarities of the two series.
Former Sex And The City star Cynthia Nixon had no idea her popular U.S. TV series inspired spin-off The Carrie Diaries, even after its star, Annasophia Robb, introduced herself as the lead character. The Emmy-winning series starring Sarah Jessica Parker ended its six season run in 2004, and went on to spawn two feature films, and although Nixon reprised her role as attorney Miranda Hobbes in both movies, it seems as if she's left the show behind her.
Robb, who plays the younger version of Parker's Carrie Bradshaw, tells Vanity Fair she ran into Nixon at a Broadway show in New York City and excitedly introduced herself to her TV counterpart's best friend, but didn't exactly receive the reception she was looking for.
Robb recalls, "I was at the counter, and I went, 'Oh, hi, I'm on The Carrie Diaries show. I'm a big fan'. It was just kind of one of those New York run-ins. But she had no idea, which is the best part."
While Nixon may not be aware of the reboot, co-star Kim Cattrall recently lauded actress Lindsey Gort, who plays the teen version of Cattrall's iconic character, Samantha Jones in The Carrie Diaries.
Actress/singer Rumer Willis has signed up to replace Lindsey Gort in a new musical theatre project inspired by the works of Baz Luhrmann. The 90210 actress will portray Juliet from the filmmaker's cult film Romeo + Juliet in For the Record: Baz Luhrmann, the theatrical adaptation of four of the director's films.
Gort, who played a leading role in last year's (13) For the Record: Scorsese, was forced to pull out of the production when she landed the role of a young Samantha Jones in Sex & the City prequel TV series The Carrie Diaries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
For The Record: Baz Luhrmann, which will hit the stage at Griffith Park's Rockwell theatre in Los Angeles next week (15Aug13) for previews, will feature songs from the director's movies Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.
Glee's Lindsay Pearce is also among the cast.
Kim Cattrall has given Lindsey Gort the thumbs up to play her iconic Sex & The City character in TV prequel The Carrie Diaries. Producers announced Gort had been cast as a young Samantha Jones on Monday (22Jul13), and Cattrall wasted no time in giving the rising star her blessing.
She tweeted, "So happy u're (you're) playing fearless Sam. The key 2 (to) her is her heart. She never judges those she loves. Have a blast!"
Gort was thrilled to receive a post from Cattrall, responding, "Thank you so much! What fabulous, amazingly sexy shoes to fill."
The Carrie Diaries, starring AnnaSophia Robb as wannabe writer Carrie Bradshaw, returns to U.S. TV in October (13) for the show's second season.
The producers of U.S. TV show The Carrie Diaries have cast their famously sex-crazed character, Samantha Jones. Newcomer Lindsey Gort will play the role made famous by Kim Cattrall in the Sex & The City prequel, which follows young writer Carrie Bradshaw when she first arrives in New York.