Sarah Jessica Parker: A True City Girl

05/27/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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She has traveled all over the globe, including a trip to Morocco to film Sex and the City 2, but Sarah Jessica Parker will always be a city girl at heart.

“I will never live anywhere else than New York because I just simply cannot leave the heartbeat of the city,” the actress tells PARADE.

Already parents to son James Wilkie, 7½, Parker welcomed fraternal twin daughters Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge with husband Matthew Broderick last June — and now the family of five is struggling to squeeze into their Manhattan apartment.

However, even the obvious lack of space isn’t enough of a reason for a move.

“We’re bursting at the seams. I know there are homes with more than two or three bedrooms in the suburbs, but I just couldn’t move there, even to get extra room,” Parker, 45, says. “I love New York too much.”

At the end of the day, the mother-of-three notes, time spent with her children is what matters most.

“I love just being with my family — going to the grocery store, cooking dinner, putting my twins to bed, changing their diapers, getting my older son ready for school and packing his lunch,” she admits.

“Is it sexy? I don’t know about that, but it sure is fun and it’s definitely unpredictable.”

— Anya Leon

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maggie on

i love the city too! you can never get bored and every day is exciting. i just wouldn’t want to live in nyc because of what’s going on now. love the dress and can’t wait to see SATC 2

S on

Are the twins biologically related to Sarah Jessica and/or Matthew? Just curious.

lizzielui on

What’s going on in NYC right now? I live here in the city and I haven’t the foggiest idea what you are referring to.

Beth on

Yes the twins were done invitro and implanted into a surrogate to carry. They are 100% theirs.

JB on

I agree with her I love the city life,ps what is going on in NYC havent heard anything?????

Romy on

it seems like they could afford any apartment they wanted in NYC, or buy 2 and combine them together for more space. Her hair looks great, and she looked so good on Regis and Kelly this morning!

Kitty on

She could be referring to the car bomb from last month…

Amanda on

I definitely don’t relate, I live almost as far into the country as possible and I love having acres of land for my kids to play on, a big lovable lab and the quiet of the country. I love that that my daughter goes to school with kids who have horses, chickens and cattle as ‘pets’ and when I call her school I just have to say I’m *her first name*’s mom and they know who I am.
I can see some pros to city living such as being closer to stores and things but I wouldn’t trade country living for anything

Mrs. R on

I can totally relate. My husband and I chose a small house in a city because we LOVE the neighborhood and all that we can do here. We could afford twice as much space in a suburb, but we know we’d HATE it there.

I just love being able to walk everywhere, have so much right at our fingertips, and I never feel like we are at a loss for open spaces because less than 20 minutes from our house is a gigantic national park.

And I too can call my daughter’s school and use her first name only…

klm on

Beth, even if they had adopted the kids and there was absolutely no biological connection, they would still be 100% theirs. But you know that. 🙂

SweetDivaT on

The Parker-Brodericks will move to bigger NYC digs when they are ready – and I’m sure it will be fabulous.

I have a 3 bedroom apt and I make a tiny fraction of what she makes. There is a park a few blocks away, a library 1 block away, and a good school 2 streets over. You’ve got to love the convenience of the city.

There is no place like NYC!

jessicad on

I live in Alabama and I’m DYING to visit New York City!! I love my town because it’s a mix of city and country, but I’d love to experience the full city life at some point in my life. I love Sarah Jessica Parker and can’t wait to see the new movie, she looks so gorgeous and like she’s really glowing lately! I also can’t wait to see how she dresses the girls as they get older, I love her casual and red carpet looks and love that her son wears hand me downs.

RachelfromBoston on

I couldn’t agree more!
We bought a house in a charming little town in upstate NY thinking we’d love it. Great schools, great yard, tons of room, hardwood,… HATED it, lol
One day we just looked at each other and were like, “back to Boston, right?” haha.. we might not have the space here, but I wouldn’t give up city living for the world.

Lea23 on

I’ve traveled quite alot in the past 25 years, for work and for leisure, and there really is no place like New York City.
Its got that extra something which I never found in any other city across globe. I can’t pinpoint it but there is just something so magnificent and powerful yet oh so delicate about that mysterious city of NY!
I’m not a native New Yorker so I may as well be at this stage!

SJP nailed it! 😀

Lea23 on

Oh man..NY..I agree 100% with Miss Parker! I ❤ NY!
Its a city that once you've fallen in love with it has you for life.
I have this quote framed in my living room and it makes me smile every day:

Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real and I myself am not a dream.

Helen Keller

And…cannot wait to check SATC 2 out!

Lea23 on

I have to agree with her on this one, which is probably a first for me. I’m living in a cramped 2 bedroom apartment on the uws with my twin daughters, who are 3 years old, so things can get crazy. New York City is full of inconveniences. To name a few, its loud, can be dirty, expensive, weather sucks etc.. With that said I honestly couldn’t think of a better place for my girls to grow up.
The life and heart thats in every corner in ny is unbeatable. Every single day is new and interesting with a valuable lesson to be learned for them. There is culture and variety in abundance, and I really hope this teaches my children tolerance and acceptance of all people. There are museums galore and so many more amenities that make Ny a great place. But most of all its the people of Ny that, for me, make it the only home I’d ever want to know.

Nicky on

Nicely said Kim!x

Stephanie on

Lea23….really enjoyed reading your Helen Keller quote (what an inspiration Helen Keller is!) I have never been to NY but I would like to go someday…my boss is currently on a vacation there!

mp on

They have a brownstone — they’re not as crowded as she makes it sound.

felix32 on

MP–how do you know? They have 3 kids, their family is frequently in town and like many celebrities they probably have people in and out of the house for work all the time.

That and ANY house with three kids feels crowded….

mochababe73 on

We lived in the suburbs as well. Then we moved. I love living in the heart of the city (not New York, but Houston). We walk alot. The schools are three miles away. We’re near everything. My husband and I are saving up to get us a townhouse hopefully close to where we are now.
I guess because I grew up in a small town where everyone knows your name that I knew that I didn’t want to live that type of life forever. I just detested it. I told my parents that there was no way that I could live like this. It’s nice to be anonymous in the city. On top of that, my kids LOVE it.

JustMe on

To each their own, I guess 🙂
I grew up in NYC and now live in Asheville, NC. At first I thought I couldn’t live without the sounds of the city, the flickers of the neon signs and the endless bustle. Alas, I can only take NYC 3 or 4 days at a time now! Then again, although in the South, Asheville is not your typical town and is a cultural melting pot with so much going on in the way of arts, culinary and otherwise!
I ♥ Asheville!

Lola on

I couldn’t agree more. I absolutely loathe’s amazing energy, culture & people. I love the hussle & bussle of everything so much.

Jeannette on

Lola- Loathe? Don’t you mean love? Loathe means hate!

Gemma on

the twins aren’t theres, sjp and matthew had them through a surrogate mother, but the 7yr old boy is theres biologically.