Sarah Jessica Parker: 'I Don't Know How She Does it' is for working women
Sarah Jessica Parker says her character in "I Don't Know How She Does It" will resonate with working women with families.
"She is a very accurate portrayal and portrait of modern motherhood and parenthood and it's really that story of the choices that we make every day, struggling to juggle family and career," the 46-year-old actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other press outlets in a satellite interview to promote her new movie.
"I thought, my gosh, this is millions of millions of millions of women's story right now," she said. "It's the story of our time."
"I Don't Know How She Does It" is set for release on Friday, September 16. Parker plays Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.
Parker said Reddy is "an every woman," adding: "She's not super wealthy. She is right in the mix.
I think other women do it much better than I do it and I really look to them for inspiration and I am really truly in awe of how they manage to get through the day. I left the house in my house slippers one day," Parker said. "This Kate Reddy story is not going to be unfamiliar to most women. It's the life we're living today."
"I Don't Know How She Does It" also stars Greg Kinnear as Reddy's husband, as well as former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" and television personality Olivia Munn.
"I find that mothers that are home are a valuable source to me, they're incredibly helpful," Parker said. "I've learned so much from them... My mother had eight children. She had no help, no support. I do not know how she did it. If I ask her, she's very modest. She just said, 'I just screamed all day long.'"
Parker is herself a mother of three. She and her husband Matthew Broderick, 49, have an 8-year-old son, James Wilkie, and 2-year-old twin daughters, Loretta and Tabitha.
"It's two of the same age whose needs are happening simultaneously and need to be met," Parker said of her twins. "They're at a wonderfully clingy stage so they both want to be held all day long, they want my undivided attention all day long, which all children need and deserve."
"It's complicated but it's everything we ever hoped for and we're incredibly blessed so we don't complain but .. it's something!" she said.
Parker began her on-screen acting career in the early 1980s, appearing in films such as "Footloose," "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and "Flight of the Navigator." She also appeared in Broadway plays such as "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" before she was cast on "Sex and the City," which ran between 1998 and 2004 and earned her an Emmy.
Despite her years of acting experience, Parker told Vogue magazine earlier this year that she had stage fright, or rather, set fright when she began filming "I Don't Know How She Does It."
Watch the trailer for "I Don't Know How She Does It" below.