To be around Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker, 56), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall, 64) and Co. and get paid for it – that sounds like the ultimate dream for many fans of the cult series “Sex and City”. For Heather Kristin (47) it became a nightmare. The actress, who was engaged as a double for Kristin Davis (56) alias Charlotte York, said she was “molested and humiliated” on the set – and then gave up her Hollywood ambitions.
In a guest article in Glamor magazine, Kristin writes that she had heard from friends and strangers that she looked like series star Kristin Davis. Whereupon she ambushed the casting director of the show and “begged him to hire me as a Charlotte double” – with success. The then 25-year-old actually got her dream job, which quickly became traumatic: “There was a toxic atmosphere on the set.” Kristin was sexually harassed and bullied by crew members with disreputable sayings: “Some of them kept joking about my great breast implants, even though I didn’t have any. And then again and again it was suggested that I only got the job because I had blown the right people. Because I’m actually two centimeters too tall and should never have got the job. “
Heather Kristin hid in the cloakroom during lunch breaks
One man constantly criticized Kristin’s appearance: “He scolded me that my nose was way too big for the screen. And that I would never get a speaking role on the show. ” The 47-year-old also wants to witness how other people were bullied on the set: “A black extra had tears in her eyes. A crew member had made racist remarks to her counterpart. Whether she was in a corridor. And then he instructed her in an imperious voice to get him fried chicken to eat. ” As if the bad climate on set wasn’t bad enough, Kristin was usually forced to be the first on site and the last to leave. “16-hour days and lack of sleep were normal”. During lunch breaks, she usually hid in a cloakroom and practiced the violin to avoid others.
Tied to gynecologist’s chair with duct tape
Still, she wasn’t safe from her colleagues. In preparation for a scene in which Charlotte came to the gynecologist for an examination, Double Kristin was asked to take a seat in the gynecologist’s chair: “I was told that I should also spread my legs and put them on the brackets. I was dressed, but I was very embarrassed and blushed. ” Because she had already worked 60 hours that week and was exhausted, she fell asleep despite the not very comfortable position: “When I woke up, some of the crew members had taped my legs and feet to the hangers with duct tape. They laughed and made rude comments about my body. One of them even took photos, to the cheers of the others. ” She tried not to show “my fear and shame”. When she was untied, she withdrew into her mini-apartment as if in a trance: “I was in shock and alternately smoked a chain and vomited. It still depends on me today, especially when I have to go to the gynecologist for the annual check-up. “
However, she did not complain to the production management for fear of being fired: “The job gave me a steady income, and I was able to get health insurance through the actors’ union. I didn’t want to risk that. ”
Because she was barely able to eat from the stress, she lost 15 pounds. After the second episode of season 4, she pulled the emergency brake for the sake of her health. Kristin quit and decided to take a different path in life: “I had realized that the acting profession is unhealthy for me.”
Sarah Jessica Parker left Kristin with thank you notes
It was only after 20 years that the mother of an 11-year-old daughter (“I raise my voice for her too”) decided to go public with her bad “Sex and the City” set experiences. A spokesman for the broadcaster HBO: “We are very disappointed to hear what Ms. Kristin had to go through 20 years ago.” The interesting thing: Kristin has no grudge against the stars of the show, who were very nice to her: “Kristin Davis once offered me to let her chauffeur take me home and gave me a blue Charlotte dress, which I still do today still have. ” And Parker left her a little thank you note when she played a violin solo for everyone.
Kristin would even be hired for a guest role in the new edition of the series. On Instagram she wrote to Sarah Jessica Parker: “Why don’t you make it up to you by giving me a little part – in which I play the violin.” (ds)
Published: 03/27/2021, 52 minutes ago
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