Kristin Davis Shut Down Comments About Her Age and Body

Davis discussed the scrutiny that she and her Sex and the City co-stars have faced, throughout the original show and its reboot.

Kristin Davis has heard enough comments about her age and body, thanks. The Sex and the City alum revealed that the body-shaming and ageism she and co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker have faced throughout the years has left her frustrated.

"Everyone wants to comment, pro or nay or whatever, on our hair and our faces and our this and our that," Davis tells The Sunday Times in a new interview, referring to discourse after the And Just Like That... trailer premiered. "The level of intensity of it was a shock." Paparazzi photographers would camp out near the set for up to 12 hours a day "trying to get bad pictures" of the stars, she adds.

The commentary wasn't limited to traditional media — people on social media haven't hesitated to weigh in on what Davis and her co-stars look like. "That's the problem with social media, right?" Davis says in the Sunday Times interview. "It's that you don't know what those people are doing. You don't know anything about them. They're just hurling bombs at you. It makes me angry."

Davis, who stars as Charlotte on the series, struggled with media criticism about her appearance during the original Sex and the City run as well. "They would write articles every week about how I was 'pear-shaped,' which I didn't feel was a compliment at the time," she now tells The Times. "It would stress me out a fair amount because I couldn't avoid it. I kind of feel like that's how it is now too. But I also feel — I'm going to be blunt — I feel like, 'F*** you. F*** you people, like, come over here and do it better.' You know what I mean? Like, what are you doing?"

What's worse, the ideology that women have an expiration date has limited Davis' job offers. The actress reveals in the interview that she doesn't get sent "good scripts" outside of the HBO franchise. "I think once you hit 40, you and everyone else — everyone up to Betty White, and I say Betty White because she's turning 100 next year — are in the same group," she remarks in the interview. (

Davis isn't alone among her castmates at being tired of the idea that women lose their desirablability, importance, or relevance at a certain age. Parker also believes that there is no expiration date on anyone's greatness — and that there is a stark difference between how aging men and aging women are treated. "There's so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A. Man," Parker told Vogue last month referring to the public response to And Just Like That... "'Gray hair gray hair gray hair. Does she have gray hair?'"

Similarly to Davis, Parker commented on the magnitude of feedback the show received on social media. "Everyone has something to say," she continues in the Vogue interview. "It almost feels as if people don't want us to be perfectly okay with where we are, as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today, whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better. I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?" (

Thankfully Parker signed on to a much-awaited reboot and hasn't "disappeared." Neither has Davis, who hopes that viewers will see themselves in her. "As a single mom myself, life is not over at all, and it's so ridiculous that we do not have more representation," she tells The Sunday Times in her recent interview. "I feel like people have this idea that you're done, you're finished, your worldview is done, your friends are done, and that your relationships are done. No, no, nooooo!"

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