Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant Continue to Deliver in Did You Hear About the Morgans?
BY CRISTINA GREEVEN CUOMO
ON PARKER: Dress, Jean Paul Gaultier. Styling by Isabel Dupré/ The Wall Group; makeup by Leslie Lopez/The Wall Group; hair by Serge Normant at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon; manicure by Gina Eppolito. ON GRANT: Shirt and tie, Richard James. Pants, Tom Ford. Watch, Montblanc. Styling by Freddie Leiba/Bryan Bantry; grooming by Amy Komorowski/ celestineagency.com; hair by Serge Normant at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon
When you pair a four-time Golden Globe, two-time Emmy winning actress with an award-winning British actor of intrinsic humor, it’s often a formula for moviemaking success. It’s also the recipe found in Did You Hear About the Morgans?—a romantic comedy out this month starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant. In the film Parker and Grant play a seemingly mismatched husband and wife who, due to unfortunate circumstances, are forced to relocate through a witness-protection program from New York City to Wyoming, where they try to rekindle their relationship.
Neither actor is a stranger to endearing on-screen personae. Parker is perhaps best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw on TV for six seasons (plus the big-screen version) of Sex and the City, becoming an indisputable fashion icon along the way. Grant, 49, has won legions of fans with his engaging ways in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral (which won him a Golden Globe), Sense and Sensibility, Notting Hill and Love Actually. Witty both onscreen and in person, he pulls off charming, funny, heartwarming, touching, caddish and more with ease.
Parker is currently focused on her children, seven-year-old James Wilkie and fi ve-month-old twin daughters Marion Loretta and Tabitha (born via a surrogate), along with her husband of 12 years, Matthew Broderick. She is also an A-list slave to her city, with business ventures (a fragrance collection based around her first, Lovely, and the now-defunct Bitten clothing line), a recent appointment by Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and charitable work (she is a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and a dedicated advocate of the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Fund for Public Schools and library initiatives—“I couldn’t afford books growing up so the library was it!” she says) occupying her time.
As Grant passes though NYC to attend an exhibition of his artist father’s paintings, and Parker works on the set of Sex and the City 2, both actors give us a glimpse into future plans, stage fright and working side by side.
Sarah Jessica Parker
GOTHAM: What do you love about your role in this film?
SARAH JESSICA PARKER: It’s a fish-out-of-water romantic comedy. It’s very funny and light, and Hugh Grant is in it! My character struggles with her marriage and lives by principles that some might think of as ideal. She must decide what she’s willing to sacrifi ce to make her marriage work. I adore Marc Lawrence, who wrote and directed it.
Sarah Jesssica Parker and Hugh Grant in Did You Hear About the Morgans? Photograph by Barry Wetcher/Courtesey of Columbia Tristar Marketing Group
G: What did you love about working with Hugh Grant?
SJP: I had wanted for a long time to be in a romantic comedy with Hugh. He’s very good at what he does. He brings a lot with him without opening his mouth. He’s got a class and elegance about him, and he’s utterly charming and really smart. He’s willing to be funny and ridiculous.
G: What has been your most satisfying role to date?
SJP: Obviously I loved playing Carrie Bradshaw, and it’s become very meaningful for me. I keep going back to it so I would say that [that role is] probably the thing most geared to me.
G: Did you ever imagine you’d become such a fashion icon?
SJP: I never imagined I would play a part that would connect so much with women or that I would have the relationship with fashion that people associate me with. That’s one of the main reasons I keep playing Carrie. When I walk down the street, people are affectionate toward me but I know it’s really about Carrie.
G: Who are your favorite designers?
SJP: Oscar de la Renta, who is an important institution and defi nes style; Narciso Rodriguez is dear and amazingly talented; and obviously Marc Jacobs, too.
G: Fashionwise, what can’t you live without?
SJP: I’ve had the same Chanel purse for 25 years and I still think of it as my fancy “good purse”; a Narciso or Balenciaga coat; and my vintage pieces that I’ve had as long as I’ve had my own money.
G: You’ve become quintessentially New York as well….
SJP: That’s one of the great honors of all time. I wasn’t born in New York but I’ve lived here almost all my life, and I love the city today as much as I did the first time I crossed the George Washington Bridge—and probably more now that my children are being raised here. It’s still the place that I’m most excited about.
G: What do you love most about it?
SJP: I like the possibilities of New York. I love the color of the city and I love walking down the streets and seeing the Empire State Building from a hundred different vantage points.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUVEN AFANADOR COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
SET DESIGN BY RON ZAKHAR