SATC author Candace Bushnell dated 21-year-old and 91-year-oldAugust 1, 2023
Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell reveals she once dated a 21-year-old and 91-year-old in same WEEK as she spills on her ‘crazy’ adventures with men
Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell, who’s the inspiration for the hit HBO show’s leading lady Carrie Bradshaw, is making some honest confessions about her dating history.
And it turns out some of her experiences out on the dating scene can be just as entertaining as her fictional sex columnist, who has been played by actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
Admitting she had come to a ‘you never know dating attitude’ when it comes to making a good match in the romance department, Bushnell admitted she went out with a couple of guys who had a 60 year difference between the two.
‘You know, I have so many crazy dating adventures. I mean, one week I dated a guy who was 21 and a guy who was 91,’ the Glastonbury, Connecticut native, 64, told Us Weekly.
She added, ‘Nobody tells you this is gonna happen. Like, that the age range is going to be 60 years.’
Dating confession: Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell, 64, revealed her ‘you never know’ police to dating resulted in her going out with a 21-year-old and a 91-year-old in the same week
Bushnell’s column in the New York Observer was adapted into the Sex And The City series that ran on HBO for six seasons from 1998 to 2004.
The show followed Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her BFFs Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) through their dating lives in New York City.
it would also spawn two feature films: Sex and the City: The Movie (2008) and Sex And The City 2 (2010), as well as the sequel series And Just Like That… (2021-present).
While discussing the history of the show Bushnell revealed there was a time when the creators and producers considered hiring her to play Carrie after Parker expressed doubt over whether to take on the role.
‘She [Parker] wasn’t sure if she wanted to do it,’ Bushnell explained. ‘So I think there was a moment when they were like, “Well, maybe [Candace] could do it.” And I was like, “No. I wouldn’t even know how to do it.” So I’ve actually always been thrilled that [Sarah is] Carrie Bradshaw. I mean, she’s fabulous.’
Bushnell went on to say that she doesn’t think any of the four main female characters in Sex And The City are a full representation of her life or character.
When asked whether she agrees dating is easier in your 50s and 60s because you know exactly what you want and exactly who you are, Bushnell noted that it’s the thrill of the unknown that can making dating interesting.
Legendary: Bushnell’s column in the New York Observer was adapted into the Sex And The City series that ran on HBO for six seasons from 1998 to 2004
‘It’s not necessarily that you know what you want,’ she shared, adding, ‘I have more of a dating attitude of like, “You never know.”‘ Like, that’s why I will go out with a 21-year-old and a 91-year-old. I’m like, “I don’t know.” Like, nobody knows.’
Being older and wiser with age, the author revealed she has taken a ‘tell them the truth’ policy when deciding whether she and a prospective date are a good match.
‘I’ve gone on dates with guys and I’ve said, “You know what, this is not going to work. You now, you’re very nice, this and that, but you’re not the right person for me,”‘ she said. ‘I mean that’s definitely something you feel like you can do when you’re older and you’re dating.’
She went on to share how that truth policy is not as easy when you’re younger because ‘you don’t want to hurt their feelings.’
‘So that’s my motto: yea, you can tell them the truth,’ she reiterated.
Carrie in doubt: While discussing the history of the HBO show Bushnell revealed there was a time when the creators and producers considered hiring her to play Carrie after Parker expressed doubt over whether to take on the role
Her attitude: ‘I have more of a dating attitude of like, “You never know.”‘ Like, that’s why I will go out with a 21-year-old and a 91-year-old. I’m like, “I don’t know.” Like, nobody knows’; the SATC author is pictured in The Hamptons in July 2023
In addition to being back out on the dating scene, Bushnell is also focused on her work, and her one-woman show, True Tales Of Sex, Success And Sex And The City.
The idea for the show was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and features an array of personal stories related to fashion, literature, and of course sex, and a healthy dose of SATC tales.
‘I tell the story of how I came to New York and crazy things that happened to me,’ she shared as a teaser. ‘And then how I created Sex in the City, how hard I worked to get there, why I invented Carrie Bradshaw and what happened to me afterward.’
True Tales of Sex, Success And Sex And the City will take place at Canoe Place in Hampton Bays, New York, on Thursday, August 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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