We meet her Vivienne, a jazz singer, on the most hectic, emotional day of her life, packed with appointments and phone calls and errands — and a brain-tumor diagnosis. Should she change anything about her life in the time she has left, and is there still time to course correct? There are ideals about a career that is both fruitful and challenging, attempts at passion, attempts at reconciliation.
Naturally, we also chatted with Parker about her own offscreen reckonings: What attracted you to this story? I think the diagnosis is perhaps familiar to many, unfortunately.
I mean, that is a flaw that is readily apparent. Do you wish that you had had made different choices? I had one grammatical query, but that was it.
Part of the great ward and burden of being a parent is that you worry. You have to do triage all day long, and I feel I do. One of my favorite parts of the movie was thinking about the relationship between Vivienne and her Lyft driver, played by Waleed Zuaiter. I loved that from the beginning and I knew from the beginning that I wanted Waleed to play that part, I knew it. I had seen him in a play in New York, in a George Packer play. I love doing scenes with him. Was it a little nerve-racking playing a singer in this, having to sing camera?
I did a bunch of musicals after Annie. Except for one episode of Square Pegs I sang a song, I remember that. We recorded it really late at night after shooting all day, that was scary. Can you tell me about working with her?
People can change so radically, not out of evil, just lives change. Are you planning any campaign appearances? What has been really interesting about this period is how good this has been for the conversation. She will look for opportunities where I can be supportive of her, I will, but my aim is to do no harm. This is what primaries are about.
Do you see any resolution with the Kim Cattrall—Sex and the City 3 situation? I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it. But, no, there is no catfight, there never has been a catfight. And I spent time with all of the women on the set.
This interview has been edited and condensed.