How AnnaSophia Robb Landed the Role of Carrie Bradshaw

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on March 18, 2013
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Did Sarah Jessica Parker get in touch with the girl who is playing Carrie Bradshaw on “The Carrie Diaries”?
Ashleigh Griffiths, Oakland, Calif.

AnnaSophia Robb, 19, who stars in the “Sex and the City” prequel, says she did indeed hear from the original Carrie Bradshaw when Parker, 48, sent her a nice note in support of the new series.

“[She told me how] excited she was and how dear the part was to her, and so that was huge for me because, I was, obviously, nervous,” the Denver, Col.-born Robb says. “I was like, ‘Is this OK?’ So it meant a lot to be able to have her blessing. So I sent a thank-you note back.”

Robb, of course, was too young to have watched the series when it aired on HBO. Truth be told, she was only 12 when it went off the air, but she has made up for lost time and began watching episodes when she started auditioning for the role.

When her agents first approached her about the series, Robb was too busy applying to colleges to pay attention, but when they finally did pique her interest, she still had reservations because committing to a series can mean seven years or more—and she had just gotten into Stanford University.

“TV shows can go a long time and I am young,” Robb says of making the decision. “It was more, ‘Wow, this character has such potential and Carrie is such a meaty character.’ The only reason I deferred from Stanford is because I was really passionate about the show and the character, and I knew I would be able to grow with her.”