Destined to play Samantha
About a year ago, Lindsey Gort’s name came up for a part, but the casting director said she wasn’t right for it because she was more of a young Kim Cattrall type.
Now Gort is playing a young Samantha Jones – Cattrall’s character in “Sex and the City” – on the CW’s “The Carrie Diaries.”
“When the part came up, my manager was like, ‘Hey, remember when you said she was a young Kim Cattrall type? Well, you’re looking for that right now so you should come see her,’” Gort said in a recent interview.
“It’s such an iconic character, and I’m such a huge fan of the show,” she said.
Set in the 1980s, “The Carrie Diaries” stars AnnaSophia Robb as teen Carrie Bradshaw, who lives in Connecticut with her widowed father and younger sister. The show is based on novels by Candace Bushnell, as was “Sex and the City.”
Gort’s version of Samantha Jones is a lot like the one in the ’90s HBO series and the two movies that followed.
The big difference, Gort says, is that Samantha is “in her early 20s and is not a career woman yet, so she doesn’t have her Birkin bags and her Manolos yet. She’s figuring herself out, trying to figure out where she belongs in this world and having a good time while doing that.”
Rivers in condo tussle
The legal wrangling continues between comedian and condo board president Joan Rivers and a former downstairs neighbor in her luxury New York City building.
Elizabeth Hazan was able to get into a $2 million two-bedroom unit she once occupied Wednesday, despite a judge’s ruling the same day that she be denied access until she paid $200,000 in common charges.
The Daily News reports Hazan, surrounded by reporters, persuaded police to let her in before officers got word of the judge’s order. The judge later said Rivers would have to get an eviction order.
Rivers lives in a $30 million upstairs penthouse. In a statement, Rivers called Hazan a deadbeat owner and said the building would endure the fiasco.
The condo board is considering its legal options.
Beautiful couple splits up
The marriage of actor Orlando Bloom and model Miranda Kerr has ended – even as Bloom tackles one of the most romantic roles in history, Romeo.
Publicist Robin Baum released a joint statement Friday that said Kerr and Bloom – two of the most beautiful people on the planet – “have been amicably separated for the past few months” and “recently decided to formalize their separation” after six years together.
The 36-year-old actor, who starred in “The Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, and the 30-year-old supermodel were married in 2010. They have a 2½ year-old son, Flynn.
Bloom is making his Broadway debut as Romeo in director David Leveaux’s revival of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” opposite Condola Rashad.
Kerr, a top Victoria’s Secret model, first met Bloom backstage at a lingerie fashion show in New York in 2006. The Australian-born beauty recently worked with chemists to help develop an organic beauty line.