The internet has been going crazy this week with the news that Blake Lively may be playing the young Carrie Bradshaw in an adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s ‘The Carrie Diaries’, the prequel to Sex in the City that tells the tale of Carrie Bradshaw’s teenage years.
I am not happy about this. I like Blake Lively. She is tall, blonde and beautiful. As stylish off-screen as she is on, she is the current darling of Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, and is the undoubted star of Gossip Girl. (Sorry Blake!). But she is just not right for the role of the teenage Carrie.
For a start, Blake is imply too tall and beautiful to be the teenaged Carrie. Carrie Bradshaw, as played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is a quirky beauty. Frizzy haired, nose slightly too big, and at times too skinny, but adorable just the same. This is the girl who compares herself to Katie from ‘The way we were’ in series 2. Blake is tall, blonde and perfect, there’s nothing quirky or imperfect about her, and who would compare her to Barbara Streisand?
In reality, when you picture a teenage Carrie you think of a young Sarah Jessica Parker – she is just so identified with the character. The new, younger Carrie needs that air of vulnerability that SJP bought to the role. In the book she looses her boyfriend to a school friend, something that you just can’t ever picture happening to Blake Lively. Another issue with Blake is that, at 23, she is just too old to be playing a teenage Carrie. Blake is glamorous and sophisticated, Carrie is an opinionated 17-year-old just finding her way in the world. Emma Roberts would be perfect for the role, Blake Lively would not.
I think my biggest issue is that we met a very young Carrie in Sex and the City 2. She was cute, Frizzy haired and styled like Madonna in 1984. Can you imagine Blake Lively styled like this? In an ideal world, someone would just use an extremely soft focus lens on SJP. Because SJP is Carrie. And while I can accept that someone younger needs to play Carrie in ‘The Carrie diaries’, and also accept that the person will be playing the character of ‘Carrie’, not the character of Sarah Jessica Parker, I simply can’t accept that a teenage Carrie was a statuesque glamazon played by Blake Lively.
I rest my case!