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Kim Cattrall has opened up about her ‘lovely’ relationship with her partner Russell Thomas and chatted about her attitude towards ageing in a candid new interview.
The Sex and the City actress, 66, told The Times that is ‘very grateful’ for her bond with Russell – a BBC audio engineer – saying they have a ‘nice life’ together.
The pair met in 2016 after Kim recorded an essay about insomnia for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
She connected with Russell afterwards and the pair kept in touch before he flew out to Canada where she lives to visit.
Speaking to the publication she said her previous relationships had always been ‘instinctual’ but that ‘it was really gradual with Russ’.
Icon: Kim Cattrall has opened up about her ‘lovely’ relationship with her partner Russell Thomas and chatted about her attitude towards ageing in a candid new interview
Happy: The Sex and the City actress, 66, told The Times that is ‘very grateful’ for her bond with Russell – a BBC audio engineer – saying they have a ‘nice life’ together
She added: ‘Our lives were so separate and so different. ‘It’s a nice life and I’m very grateful for that.’
Kim told how the Covid pandemic then ‘locked them together’ in a ‘true test’ of their relationship’ but that they have been inseparable since, moving between New York, Canada and London.
During the interview she also touched on ageing and her changing attitudes towards nips and tucks – after perviously saying she was against surgery when she was in her forties.
She said: ‘I’m in my sixties now and I’m all about battling ageing in every way I can. There are so many other alternatives now, treatments that stimulate your own body to fight ageing.
‘But yes, if you have the money and, more importantly, the right surgeon. It can’t be emphasised enough. You want to look like you!’
‘It’s not just a vanity thing. I play a certain kind of woman who looks a certain kind of way. And professionally I am looking after myself.’
Before Russell, the Emmy-nominated actress was previously married to Larry Davis, although their marriage was annulled in 1979.
Close: The pair met in 2016 after Kim recorded an essay about insomnia for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour
Sweet: She connected with Russell afterwards and the pair kept in touch before he flew out to Canada where she lives to visit
Youth: During the interview she also touched on ageing and her changing attitudes towards nips and tucks – after perviously saying she was against surgery when she was in her forties
She was subsequently married to Andre J. Lyson, and their union was formally dissolved in 1989.
The star’s third and final marriage was with Mark Levinson, and their time together lasted from 1998 until 2004.
Cattrall eventually began a relationship with Thomas, and she often shares photos with her boyfriend to her Instagram account.
The Big Trouble in Little China actress spoke about her romance during an interview with People, where she noted that her now-partner made quite the effort to see her during their earlier days.
‘We kind of liked each other, we kept in touch and then he came out to Vancouver. It was very brave of him,’ she said.
Cattrall also stated that she and Thomas were initially unfamiliar with each other, although they quickly established a rapport.
She recalled: ‘We didn’t really know each other other than having a few meals together. But he came and we got along great, and we’ve been together ever since!’
The performer, who described her relationship with Thomas as ‘so easy,’ then spoke about why she enjoyed his presence.
She stated: ‘I’m very comfortable around him. He’s a firecracker and he’s got a wicked sense of humour. And he’s easy on the eyes!’
Cattrall also gave the media outlet a bit of insight into how she and her partner remain close.
‘We have tea together every morning, and after lunch usually another cup to get through the day,’ they said.
The actress concluded by remarking: ‘I love him, and he was worth waiting for.’
It comes after it was exclusively revealed by DailyMail.com that Kim was convinced to join And Just Like That with promise of ‘nice career boost and great payday’ by her ‘dear friend’ and producer Darren Star.
The iconic actress confirmed her shocking return as Sex And The City’s Samantha Jones for the second season of the spin-off earlier this week – despite her explosive feud with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker.
According to Variety, Kim will return for only one ‘cliffhanger’ scene, which she shot in New York City, without seeing or speaking with Sarah or their fellow leading ladies Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
Now, a source close to the actress has revealed exactly what convinced Kim to sign up for a cameo on the sequel – which she admitted last year that she was ‘never asked to be a part of’.
According to the well-placed insider, fans of the show can thank show creator Darren, 61, for Samantha’s upcoming return, with the source revealing that he was the one who convinced Kim that she needed to give the character a proper goodbye.
Kim’s decision to join the And Just Like That cast, even for just a short time, marks a big U-turn for the actress – who had previously insisted that she had no desire to be a part of the sequel in any way.
‘What made her finally fold to do it now? It was her connection with her dear friend Darren Star, who created Sex that kept asking her to be a part of the show that finally convinced her to do it,’ the insider shared.
‘Kim decided if she was ever going to button up the character and then not be asked about it again, she should do it now.
‘She is doing it for her friend Darren first. But she is also doing it as she realizes it will be a nice career boost and a great payday above all of that.
‘She got to an understanding with Darren that she needed an amazing send-off and they figured it out.
‘Everything has now fallen into place, Kim still can’t believe she was convinced to do it, but she is going to do it and let the scene speak for itself.
‘Sex And The City gave Kim so much, so she is giving the appropriate swan song and Kim hopes everyone is happy with the results.’
However, Kim’s return to the franchise has done little to change her frosty relationship with Sarah, 58, the source explained – revealing that while the two women have come to ‘an understanding’, there is likely no chance they will ever be friends in the future.
‘Kim and Sarah both have an understanding, but [as for] them being friends in the future, don’t hold your breath,’ they said.
The source continued that Kim was ‘assured’ her involvement in the show will give her a leg up within HBO’s newly-revamped streaming service Max.
‘She has also been reassured that this will open some more doors on projects that she wants to do that she would bring to Max when the time is right,’ they continued.
Kim’s abrupt about face was also motivated by the fact that another project she had previously been a part of – the Fox series Filthy Rich – was canceled, despite her high hopes that it would ‘have taken her to another level in her career’, the source went on.
‘Kim was really excited to work with [filmmaker] Tate Taylor on Filthy Rich and she really thought that was going to be her next big project and a show that she believed would have taken her to another level in her storied career as she still believes that the show should still be on TV,’ the source shared.
‘The show was being done right around the same time as And Just Like That and she knew she was going to be asked about it all the time and asked to be a part of that, but she didn’t want to do it with her issues with Sarah.
‘She was done. She loved her time playing Samantha, but she wanted to move on.’
Interestingly, the decision to bring Samantha Jones back into the And Just Like That picture sits very much at odds with Sarah’s own thoughts about it – with the actress insisting in February last year that she would not be ‘OK’ with Kim returning to the fold in light of everything her former co-star had said about their broken relationship.
Return: It comes after it was exclusively revealed by DailyMail.com that Kim was convinced to join And Just Like That with promise of ‘nice career boost and great payday’ by her ‘dear friend’ and producer Darren Star
Exciting: According to Variety, Kim will return for only one ‘cliffhanger’ scene, which she shot in New York City, without seeing or speaking with stars SJP, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis
‘I don’t think I would [be OK with Kim returning], because I think there’s just too much public history of feelings on her part that she’s shared,’ she told Variety at the time.
‘I haven’t participated in or read articles, although people are inclined to let me know.’
Sarah also confirmed that Kim had not been asked to be a part of the sequel series, explaining that the show’s creators made the decision to move ahead without her after she turned down the opportunity to do a third Sex and the City movie.
‘We didn’t go to Kim for this, you know,’ she said. ‘After we didn’t do the movie and the studio couldn’t meet what she wanted to do, we have to hear her and listen to her and what was important to her.’