In the vast landscape of unforgettable characters from Sex and the City, Samantha Jones, portrayed brilliantly by the talented Kim Cattrall, stands out as a force to be reckoned with. Her fearless, unapologetic attitude towards life, love, and everything in between has left an indelible mark on fans worldwide.
As news of Cattrall’s unexpected cameo in the spinoff series And Just Like That circulated and subsequently broke the internet, let’s take a delightful stroll down memory lane and revisit the five most iconic Samantha Jones moments that have made us fall in love with this fiery and fabulous character.
She was an incredible friend
Despite frequent judgments from her friends regarding her life and choices, Samantha proved to be an incredible friend. She consistently demonstrated her unwavering support by making time for her friends, especially Carrie Bradshaw. Regardless of the circumstances, she refused to pass judgement when Carrie cheated on Aidan, instead offering a listening ear and solid advice. Samantha’s loyalty extended to all the girls, demonstrated in the instance where she selflessly gives up her coveted hair appointment to Miranda, who had been eagerly waiting for it after becoming a mother.
In her own bold and direct manner, Samantha became a pillar of strength and wisdom for her friends in the series. Her ability to provide guidance and understanding, without imposing her own values, showcased her true friendship. Samantha’s actions exemplified the importance of being there for loved ones unconditionally, even when they make choices we may not fully understand or agree with.
She challenged age-old notions
Samantha never held back when it came to sharing her unfiltered perspective on love and relationships. While Charlotte and Carrie idealised the concept of finding “the one” and soulmates, Samantha unabashedly spoke the truth. According to her, soulmates and the notion of a singular perfect partner were mere illusions. She believed that there were numerous individuals one could fall in love with, and dedicating life to finding that one specific person was a wasted endeavour. Samantha’s blunt yet refreshing outlook reminded her friends to live their lives to the fullest, embracing the abundance of possibilities rather than chasing a mythical idea of true love. In the words of the self-love queen herself, “The right guy is an illusion. Start living your lives.”
Breast cancer realness
Samantha’s character wasn’t just about glamour and sexual liberation; she also tackled serious issues with grace and strength. In Season 6, Samantha’s battle with breast cancer shed light on the importance of self-care and the resilience of the human spirit. Her emotional journey, from fear to acceptance, touched the hearts of millions, cementing Kim Cattrall as a multifaceted and relatable character in the series.
“I Love You, But I Love Me More”
One of Samantha’s most empowering moments came in Season 5, Episode 3. In ‘Luck Be an Old Lady,’ she uttered the now-infamous line to her cheating and commitment-phobic boyfriend Richard, who drove her to the brink of insanity and paranoia ‒ “I love you, but I love me more.” Samantha’s decision to prioritise her own happiness over a tumultuous relationship rife with infidelity and disrespect, resonated deeply with viewers, serving as a powerful reminder of the importance of self-love and setting personal boundaries.
In the Sex and the City movie, she brings back the iconic dialogue while gently breaking up with her longtime boyfriend Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis). For the unversed, Jerrod is a young and attractive actor/model whom Samantha becomes romantically involved with in the television series and later in the SATC movie.
In the movie, Samantha and Smith have been together for a significant period. Their relationship faces various challenges, including differences in their expectations for commitment and Samantha’s struggle to balance her own desires with the demands of their relationship. It is during this tumultuous time that she reaches a pivotal moment where she musters the strength to prioritise her own happiness and personal growth, leading her to say, “I love you, but I love me more.”
She took charge of her sexuality
In a powerful moment in season 4, Samantha challenged her friends when they made snide remarks about her casual sexual encounters, including a relationship with a woman named Maria. She confronted their sexist and borderline homophobic views and hypocrisy, refusing to be silenced or shamed for her choices. Samantha’s confidence and willingness to call out her friends highlighted the importance of acceptance, respect, and challenging societal norms, inspiring audiences to embrace their true selves and confront biases that hold them back.