Sarah Jessica Parker's Passion
This fall, Sarah Jessica will return to the big screen in a film with Dennis Quaid and Thomas Haden Church. "It's called Smart People and it's a really great, smart movie about love and the complications of being an adult and making decisions. And it's about really smart people who are complicated," she says. "I'm really, really excited about it. It was a really great experience."
"You seem to be excited about a lot," Oprah says. "You live life with great passion."
"Well, I have a lot to be grateful and excited for and about, and it's hard to sort of behave any other way," Sarah Jessica says.
Aside from loving music, theater and his superhero capes, Sarah Jessica says James Wilke is also very curious about social issues—like what being gay means. "His school is a school in New York City and so there's people that have children who have two mamas and two papas, and so it sort of authentically happens, this conversation," she says. "You think very carefully and you're prudent about the choice of words, and then you talk about people looking for happiness and fulfillment in their life and how all families are different and look different."
As a mom, Sarah Jessica says that she often thinks about the answers she gives her son. "You're forced to think a lot about what you're saying and how you're saying it and even the tone," she says.
Still, that doesn't make the tough questions any easier! "He asked me where babies come from," she says, "and you find yourself saying, 'You know, your papa will be home at 6:00, and he's far better equipped to discuss that particular part of your body than I am.'"
So what will they do to celebrate? "We have no ideas and we have no babysitter," she says. "But I expect that we'll probably cook dinner and spend a better part of the evening with James Wilke."
One thing they won't be doing is exchanging gifts, because Sarah Jessica says there's nothing either of them need. But there is one thing she would like. "I would love a note," she says. "Because a note, I'll have it forever."
Those skills, Sarah Jessica says, are things that few can learn otherwise. "It's people skills, but imagine that compounded, like, when you really need your people skills at your weakest, most vulnerable, your most tired, you [can] call upon skills that no one else in the corporate world would ever be able to summon, because it's your child and because [your reactions] basically inform everything they're going to do for the rest of your life."
Being a stay-at-home mom is the toughest job in the world, Sarah says. "It's incredibly, incredibly difficult. And I'm so admiring of people who have more than one and do it well," she says.
Often photographed by paparazzi herself, she understands being interested in other people's lives but feels like the public's attention should be focused on things other than celebrities. "There's world events and even local events that are really much more important and probably better for us to be curious about," she says. "So it's somewhat distressing because I think we spend the better part of our lives thinking about things that aren't really substantial or meaningful."
Now, she's a designer herself! This June, she's launching a low-cost, high-quality clothing line called Bitten, boasting more than 400 items, all at a price of less than $20, at Steve & Barry's locations nationwide.
"It's about affordable, well-made American sportswear. It's about fashion not being a luxury and quality not being a privilege, and we don't want someone to hold it up and say, 'Well, you get with you pay for,'" she says. "We worked so hard to make sure it's everything women deserve."
Sizes range from 2 to 22. "This was really, really critical criteria to me," she says. "It was only a natural extension that these clothes are for every woman in this country no matter where you live, what you look like, what your skin color is like, what you are, where you are in the economic strata, everything. And that it's not for us to decide what looks good on somebody else. It's for women of all sizes to determine what makes them feel good."
After being "bitten" backstage with Sarah Jessica, Andi and Angie strut their stuff. Angie is decked out in a premium straight-cut pant and a gray vest, which can also be worn in a three-piece suit ensemble. Underneath the vest is a breezy white summer top, and she carries one of Sarah Jessica's favorite bags from the collection. And don't forget her teal espadrilles!
Andi is wearing the Melinda skirt and an orange and white striped shirt underneath a jean jacket. She tops her ensemble off with cute black espadrille. "You guys look amazing," Sarah Jessica says.
Sarah even changes into a black Bitten suit for the big reveal! "We have suits that are in gray and black and they come with a trouser or a skirt and a jacket, and the idea is that every woman should be able to have a proper jacket and trouser or jacket and skirt for under $40," Sarah Jessica says. "It's affordable for everybody and should be everything you need."
See the rest of Sarah's new Bitten collection!