Kim Cattrall: I've been on a diet since 1976
May 11th, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Kim Cattrall: I've been on a diet since 1976

If Kim Cattrall brings to mind a certain "Sex and the City" siren with her new I Can't Believe It's Not Butter campaign, it's not exactly a coincidence.

"It has a wink and a nod to a character I'm known for, but in a slightly different set of circumstances," the actress formerly known as Samantha Jones tells Marquee.

Working with both a stylist and a director from her hit HBO series, Cattrall shot the commercials—titled "Mussels," "French Toast," "Dish" and "Naughty & Nice"—over the course of four days in Argentina ("The people were lovely; the wine was amazing!" she says). Clad in a slinky yellow robe by luxe French label Lanvin, the star is sexier than ever—though she insists that looking this good doesn't necessarily come easy.

"I have literally been on a diet since 1976," says Cattrall, who maintains her weight with the help of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (naturally!), a personal trainer, strong aerobics, and long strolls in New York City. "There's a lot of eye candy in the stores to look at," she tells Marquee, then adds with a sly laugh, "There's a lot of eye candy, period, to look at!"

Cattrall was required to lose her sleek physique to play a faded porn star in the recent dramedy "Meet Monica Velour," and she says it was a pleasure to pack on the pounds. "It was a Get Out of Jail card," she says of her food freedom. "It was fantastic! And it's where my body naturally wants to go. It was shocking how quickly I put [the weight] on. Shocking!"

The role also called for Cattrall to be lit harshly so that the camera caught every line on her face. Though she 'fesses up to having Botox injected in the crease between her eyes, Cattrall is "terrified" of going under the knife and is taking steps to ensure that her age and aversion to surgery won't impact her career.

"There aren't a lot of great roles [for women]," she says. "But as you get older, they get more and more scarce—as my mother says, like hen's teeth. That's why I have a production company. I don’t want to take on projects that do not, in one way or another, help women or empower women or tell a woman's story that's never been told."

Cattrall has been doing plenty of story-telling post-"Sex and the City" with roles in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," the BBC miniseries "Any Human Heart," and an English production of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra." She also isn't ruling out revisiting Samantha, if as Sarah Jessica Parker hopes, a third "Sex and the City" film is made five years from now. Where might Ms. Jones be by then? "Oh God, I have no idea," says Cattrall. "I know where I'd be—approaching 60!"

She believes a third film should only be made if there is a great story to tell and not just for the sake of cashing in at the box office. "When that happens it's just about money making," she says, "and it takes the heart out of a show that had tremendous heart and a message for women."

Cattrall is equally opinionated about the rumored "Sex and the City" prequel, which may star Blake Lively as a college-age Carrie Bradshaw. Who would make the perfect 20-something Samantha?

"Michelle Williams," Cattrall tells Marquee. "It would be interesting to see her doing something kind of crazy like this. She's so subtle and detailed and nuanced. Just a beautiful actress. It would be interesting to see her do something quite, quite different!"

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  1. inambmicheline

    check coach bag tote coach bags 2011 to take huge discount coach bag tote at my estore

    February 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Staceyann C. Dolenti

    Kim if you say you've been on a diet since 1976 then it's just that you watch what you eat.

    Good for you.
    Staceyann Dolenti

    May 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom Thumb

    I would submit to her like a Frenchman in battle. I would ask her to be gentle with me, but I wouldn't really mean it.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed

    Is she attractive? Heck, yeah! Is she relevant post-SATC? Not really.

    May 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pablo


    May 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Emvaz

    Yeah...the words 'diet' and 'I Can't Believe It's Not Butter' shouldn't be used in the same sentence, and anybody who thinks they are doing themselves a favor by starving themselves of calories by cutting down on fat clearly doesn't understand the relationship between food, health, and the human body.

    Oleomargarines like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter are processed, nutrition-less poisons that your body derives no sustenance from, and has to burn calories in order to simply move through your system. Butter, on the other hand, is rich in valuable calories, vitamins, and enzymes, and is easily utilized for energy with a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I eat more calories than 99% of people and plenty of butter and eggs and animal meat and fat almost every day, and my cholesterol levels are normal, and I'm absolutely cut. I don't take diet pills or any prescription medicines, and only exercise 2-3 times a week. Also, I haven't been sick in three years. When good calories are consumed regularly, the body's metabolism becomes supercharged, and they can easily handle excess calories and put them to good use. The body is a machine which has hundreds, maybe thousands of precesses that all require calories. These processes affect the immune system, the digestive system, the nervous system, the circulatory system, breathing, cellular activities, cardiovascular activities, etc. When the body gets the calories and nutrients it needs, these processes run as nature intended.

    When you fill your body with poisons like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and most other industrially processed foods, it has to work hard to deal with that poison and protect the rest of your body from it. Calories spent dealing with some trash you just ate are calories not spent fighting viruses, bacteria, fungus, etc. in your body. These poisons drain calories simply by the action of dealing with them, but the dangerous part is the digestive inflammation they cause. When this happens, the body can no longer metabolize nutrients properly, and without those nutrients, calories become harder to digest. With fewer and fewer calories being digested, the body goes into starvation mode and starts ravenously storing fat and sending messages to your brain to crave high calorie foods, while when you eat these foods (usually low quality, processed and nutrition-less), the cycle continues until you develop some chronic disease like Diabetes or IBD and die a few years down the road, literally having starved to death on bad food. See, when you starve your body of calories and it has to work harder and harder just to maintain vital functions, it begins shutting down the ancillary processes.

    Stop eating trash 'diet' food. Just because it has less calories in it doesn't mean its better for you, actually its the opposite as long as you eat good calories.

    Favorite calorie rich foods:
    raw honey
    cultured butter
    sweet potatoes
    whole yogurt
    extra virgin olive oil
    unpasteurized cheese

    Avoid any foods that say 'diet' or 'low-fat;' the corporations play to your ignorance and use these words as a ploy to sell inferior quality foods. They don't care about your health, only selling more while spending less. In fact, I'm sure their buddies in the pharmaceutical industry just love the steady supply of new patients caused by your fallacious understanding of nutrition.

    May 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just sayin'

    If she really only wants rolls that help or empower women, why on earth would she work with Roman Polanski?

    May 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      ...because she is safe around him..........he only likes 12 and 13 year olds......................

      May 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dee

    If you would eat something and gain a pound or 2 your face wouldn't need so much facial work done.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joe, San Diego

    Ugh, so many rude people... trying too hard to be comedians with their posts... online bullies!
    I watched a video of a 15 year old girl get beat up at a fast food joint by two 13 year old girls... the 15 year old girl could not even defend herself and then sat their with her long hair covering her face crying- first remove your hair from your face so you can see another attack coming and second she was 3 feet away from the bathroom go inside and lock the door and call the police. But again people online comment like they are all so smart and funny until they are actually confronted by a real threat. Kim Cattrall is speaking to those that like her and wanna know about her future and dieting if it doesn't pertain to you disregard- otherwise you spent precious time typing silly hateful comments for what reason?

    May 12, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Susan

    For all the people out there who say it's too hard and unrealistic to attain physical attractiveness – this is what it takes. Constant watching your diet and exercise. I do it and it's worth it. I have been heavy(er) and very slim – truly, nothing tastes as good as thin feels. Even the people behind the register at the gas station treat you nicer. Boo hoo if you are chubby and don't get that, it's true. Take control and just do it. Hats off Ms. Cattrall, I'm right there with you.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      oh please, eat a sandwich and stfu. if you think people treat you better cause you are "thin" I bet they say. " Wow look
      at the thin body on that old face, when you walk away".

      May 12, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Emvaz

      That's too bad, because I eat all the foods I love to eat, I always have, and I have to exercise to NOT lose weight I'm 6'6 180 lbs. I don't count calories at all, and I'm sure If I did it would be a lot. What I do pay attention to is the ratio of nutrients to toxins I take in, and the quality and freshness of the ingredients I eat, and a chest cold triggered by the worst pollen count in the country is the closest thing to sick that I have been in three years.

      Attractiveness is a direct function of health, and health is a direct function of the ratio of nutrients to toxins. And unfortunately, nutrition is a direct function of wealth, which is why wealthy people are more attractive. If you really have to work that hard and starve yourself so that you aren't fat, then you aren't doing something right.

      My guess is you've fallen for the cheap "diet" food trap and are starving yourself of calories. Keep it up and you are going to be in for a short life filled with disease and physical agony.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dumbnuts

    ive been on a diet ever since i was born...started with the mamas teet and im now on solid foods...i can even tie my shoes...

    May 12, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Palintwit

    I'd like to see her bump biscuits with Sarah Palin.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    Best movis for her was Big Trouble in Little China!

    May 12, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. J0nx

    Please sister, pull the other one. This chick has the shoulders of a Bears nose tackle. Her diet consists of ho-hos and ice cream sandwiches.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. The_Mick

    I've admired her beauty since "Mannequin." But I've greatly admired her as a person for interrupting her career for several years to take care of a friend who was dying of cancer.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ms Honeywell

    "...Well if I heard a herdy gerdy playing I would think I was talking to the circus fat lady but as it stands Im talking to a ton of bad news named BEULAH, BEULAH BALLBREAKER."

    May 12, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  17. Trekkie

    She's my favorite Vulcan. Would like to Pon Farr her 'till her ears fall off!

    May 12, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  18. Chris

    Any she hasn't acted since about that time as well. Well, when did Porkey's come out?

    May 12, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. Iva Biggun

    Yeah, she's been on a liquid protein diet. Mostly cream.
    @Grumpster, you're supposed to report spammers, not reply to them. They don't read comments.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  20. Grumpster

    Porky's was great...since then SATC is just the most boring show on the face of the planet. The 2nd movie was worse than Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Part II. I don't need to watch women spending $700 on shoes in the middle of a recession.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Lol you're a guy, you don't get it.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Roy

      I watched my first viewing of SATC this past weekend. Nothing but campy dumb lines, cheez whiz spewing all over, terrible writing, below average acting.

      Just a big floating lump of doookie.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  21. Muffin Man

    Instead of a 6 pk of ice cold beer, I like to sit back after a long day's work with a 6 pk or crisco oil.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  22. Tool

    I like eating butter. I sit in front of the tv all day n eat a tub of butter a day. I'm a walking heartattack

    May 12, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  23. MXD

    I don't care how old she is, the woman is still hot and VERY doable.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Beautiful Vixen

    If it's not MayO it's lard. God forbid they eat a salad and get up and move.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Me

    She says it herself. When she allowed herself to eat normally that was where her body naturally wanted to go. I will never understand why we continue to fight nature and reality by eating like birds.

    May 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Because not everyone wants sausage fingers and not everyone lays around eating may0 from the jar like you.

      May 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miracle Whipped


      May 12, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Wong

      Anyone thinks that "nature and reality" have anything to do with unlimited food portions is truly ignorant. In nature, we had to fight and scrabble for every meal. There was no such thing as loading up a cart full of groceries at the supermarket and then chowing down like a rutting pig. We are SUPPOSED to live on a seriously limited diet, which we have to work hard to get.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Maybe when we were cavemen. There have been plenty of well known fat people throughout history. And not a grocery store to be found...

      May 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Stumpy

    one bad bump in the back of a stagecoach,and bam! you can lose your head... .

    May 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. John

    Stop hatin' she looks damn good! I'm 28 and no where near as healthy as she is which is sad.

    May 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Redcarpet Downthere

    How old is this lady? Her first encounter was probably in the back of a stagecoach... .

    May 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      Remember, you will be that age someday!!! haha

      May 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      As she says in the article, she'll be approaching 60 in 5 years.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurab68

      Hey to look that good @ 55 years old is hard to do. It takes living healthy, no smoking, water, water and more water to drink, stay out of the sun and moisturize at least twice daily, plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, low fat dairy and plenty of exercise. If you are a smoker, buy the time you are 45 you will look 55 and so on. Take care of yourself and it will show.

      May 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |

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