Southern belle Kristin Davis talks candidly to Marie Claire about her struggle with alchoholism - oh, and sex, chocolate and coffee!
I’m not really much of a shopper. I have to say that I’d definitely prefer good sex. What makes good sex? Oh my god. I think you need to feel free and you have to really trust the other person. Erm, and you have to have that strange, mysterious chemical connection.
This is going to sound strange, but I really didn’t think I would pass 30. I don’t know why or whatever, I just didn’t. That’s a very weird thing to say, I’m sorry. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I was drinking so much as a youth. I drank a lot when I was a teenager and I don’t drink any more, because that’s when I thought, you know, I’m gonna end up a car wreck. I just had a fatalistic view of the whole situation at that point.
It’s very hard to say a simple answer as to why. Alcoholism is a genetically predisposed disease and it does run in my family. I also think I felt like a misfit. I was in the South, everybody was blonde. I just didn’t feel like I fitted in. It was sort of my way of fitting.
I don’t think the drinking was really a rebellious thing, because I was still a straight-A student. What made me stop? [Davis was 22 years old when she became teetotal.] I realised it was not going to end well. I got into the acting programme, it was very challenging, I was hungover and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. I thought, ‘Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.’
Nowadays I would say chocolate and coffee has taken over. Lattes. It’s funny because I find myself thinking, ‘I’ve got to have a latte.’ I have a limit of two.
Those sex snaps that surfaced on the internet. I can’t really talk about them. It’s under a legal situation.
I probably believe in God in a non-denominational way. I feel as though religion separates people. It would have to be a more Buddhist or free-forming idea. Aliens? Well, I think it’s definitely possible there’s life out there in the universe. I think it’s a little egocentric for us to believe that couldn’t possibly happen. You never really know. Let’s say that.
People always ask who my best friend away from set is.It’s delicate and it just gets us into trouble. We’re all close in different ways. I’m very, very, very close to Sarah. I don’t see Kim as much, partly because I live in LA and she’s been in England a lot, as you know. And Cynthia and I are literally a block away from each other when I’m in New York, where I have a place.
We’re a little bit like a girl band. We frequently joke about which band we are. When we first went back to work there were these enormous crowds, people shouting out our names. We’d like totally have a fantasy about how we were The Beatles. I’m George! [Laughs.] I’ve got the hair.’
This is an edited version of the full interview, which appears in the July issue of Marie Claire – out on Wednesday 28 May.
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