Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson’s Kids Are BFFs, Too

05/28/2011 at 05:00 PM ET
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Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson were BFFs on Sex and the City. And now, their kids are, too.

Garson, who played Stanford Blatch on the HBO series and feature films, tells PEOPLE that his son Nathen is great friends with James Wilkie — Parker and Matthew Broderick‘s 8½-year-old son.

Parker was “an inspiration to me when I was adopting,” the White Collar star, 47, told PEOPLE Wednesday at the FiFi fragrance awards in New York. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what happens when he says this? And what do I do?’ And she was really great.”

Nathen and James Wilkie are about eight months apart in age, “so they’re buddies,” Garson says. “We go out to the beach with them and have a great time.”

At the time of the adoption in 2009, Parker and Broderick explained to their son that Nathen had come from a rougher background. And James Wilkie “was just very welcoming,” Garson says.

Garson says he and Parker were friends for 20 years before Sex and the City, and are still as close as ever.

And how does Garson tell Parker’s 23-month-old twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta apart?

“When you walk in, you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m forgetting which one is which,'” he says. “It’s hairdo, temperament and facial expressions. One is more temperamental, one is calm, calm, calm. One always has hair like Tina Turner in Thunderdome.”

— Jeffrey Slonim

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Mari on

Oh I remember this family’s story! A single father – Willie picked his son out at an adoption fair.

A rather shocking start to their life together, but nevertheless this is how they found each other.

I’m so glad they found each other and happy to hear that things are still going well. 🙂

Kat on

This man gets points alone for braving single fatherhood… then, to open his heart and home to a child in desperate need of one instead of an infant… ooh… how he is still single, I just don’t know.

I’m so glad that it seems he and his son have settled in and bonded already and that things are going so well!

Nancy on

Absolutely loved them in SATC and it is great to hear that they are still friends. Willie seems like a great parent.

Shannon on

You just knew him and SJP were friends before the show started. They had amazing chemistry as BFF’s. He’s was the best “gay” husband ever. I really do miss Sex and the City.

Also, he truly has an amazing soul. Choosing to be a parent is one thing but choosing to be a single parent of an adoptive child is a whole other ball park. That child has been blessed.

Mel on

I’ve seen him at parties and he is such a doting dad. He is always talks about his son and is so proud its very sweet to see.

Amanda Kendrick on

Very Seweet!! I think that SJP’s girls are beautiful but you may have gotten one of their name’s wrong… I think her daughter’s name is Marion but could be wrong;

Kristin on

He just seems like an all around awesome guy. Loved him on SATC and love him on White Collar.

@Amanda – SJP’s daughter’s name is Marion Loretta, but they call her Loretta

Anne on

As much as I applaud him for pursuing adoption as a single man and giving that boy a home, I still think adoption fairs are very cruel.

Nancy on

Anne, I am an adoptive parent and I was not even aware that there were adoption fairs. I feel terrible for the kids who don’t get picked. I even feel sorry for pets who don’t get picked at pet adoption places.

I will never forget when we went to get our child overseas in an orphanage and when we went to the room he was in, the other kids rushed at us like they wanted us to take them home. That was so sad.

Sarah S. on

I remember reading about Sarah and Willie being great friends before SATC started–so I think it’s really nice that their kids are friends too. Couldn’t ask for anything better!

Kate on

This is addressed to both Ann and Nancy

What an adoption fair entails is a group of caseworkers that have pictures and profiles of children ready for adoption.

By no means is this a cruel thing to do as it gets people who are interested in adoption an oppertunity to TALK to someone about the process.

The children are NEVER there most children up for adoption are older children or have siblings as well and would be considered a special needs adoption.

This has been an EXCELLENT way for those who are concidering adoption to find out more about it.

Plus there are many many other information groups out there involved in adoption fairs that help those who have already gone through the adoption process that can have access to other programs and funding .

jen on


Marky on

Mozzie is my favorite character on White Collar! He’s a fantastic actor and I’m glad the adoption is going so well Congrats to both Willie and Nathen!

Sarah K. on

Kate, if you click the link in the article about the adoption, Willie does say he met Nathen at the fair, so yes the kids do go to the fair.

“Attending an L.A. adoption fair in Oct. 2008, Willie spotted a vivacious 7-year-old named Nathen.“He has a spark. He was balancing himself on a curb, and I was like, ‘That’s my kid,’” says Willie. “I knew it right then.””