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Jun 29 2011

Actress Kim Cattrall Speaks to Actors at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

Kim Cattrall, G. Gershoff/WireImageNew York, N.Y. (June 29, 2011) – It is very important to define success for yourself, actress Kim Cattrall told members of the Screen Actors Guild at a private event this week at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

Cattrall explained her personal journey through her acting career that spans film, stage, and television on Monday, after the audience previewed clips from her recent miniseries, Any Human Heart, which aired on PBS in February 2011.

The British born actress didn’t pursue a career in film and television.  After years of training in Canada, her love of theatre brought her to America. Though she took small roles in film and television to pay her bills, she continued to act in plays and independent films to fulfill her passion.

Cattrall talked about being typecast in roles that objectify women, but she doesn’t define herself by the characters she plays. “They aren’t me. I’m just acting,” she said.

Originally, Cattrall declined the role of Samantha Jones in Sex and the City. She didn’t believe that she could pull off the controversial role at her age.

“We were pioneers,” she says of the series that redefined the way women are portrayed in the media. “It was probably the first time a woman turned 50 in a scene and wasn’t crying.”

Cattrall talked about aging in the film and television industries, but she is confident that her best work is yet to come, exclaiming to the audience, “Yeah, this is what 54 looks like!”

Now, Cattrall is seeking opportunities that explore femininity. She started her own Canadian-based production company, Fertile Ground Productions, in which she is seeking writers for stories about women and their mothers.

Recently, she’s been acting in plays in Canada and England. She chooses her roles based on who is writing, directing, producing, or acting alongside her. She says it is fascinating to be in the company with brilliant people to see what they can do together.

“I will try anything. I’m never complete. The canvas is never dry for me,” she said.

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