Sarah Jessica Parker has revealed it was hard work to like Sex and the City's leading lady Carrie Bradshaw.
The actress, who played Carrie in the popular TV series and two subsequent films, found it difficult to relate to her character.
"People probably don't realise that Carrie Bradshaw was radically different from who I was, who I continue to be," Parker told the Wall Street Journal.
"I think that sometimes because we look alike and live in the same city and haunt the same neighborhoods, that it was sort of like I was playing in the sandbox, when in truth it took real work every day to be her, to understand her, to not judge her."
The comments follow show creator Darren Star's admission that Carrie and long-time love interest Mr Big weren't meant to end up together.
According to Star a lavish wedding was not what he had in mind for the on-again, off-again couple.
Sex and the City follows four female friends in their mid 30s and 40s living, loving and working in New York.
Ultimately Star wasn't able to follow their story all the way through, and didn't write the final episodes.
The producer admitted in a recent interview that the ending went back on important underlying themes established throughout the long-running series.
"I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don't ultimately find happiness from marriage. Not that they can't," he said in a Kindle Singles interview.
"But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That's what made women so attached."
Although he doesn't elaborate on the finale he would have chosen, he goes on to say the idea of happily ever after went against his vision of women "choosing each other".
"At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy," Star said.
"But unless you're there to write every episode, you're not going to get the ending you want."