“I never wanted to be a celebrity; I never wanted to be famous,” she explained. “And in my daily life, I work really hard not to trade on it in any way. I am so desperately worried about anybody saying, She cut in line, or She took our table, or She got out of jury duty, or She doesn’t do her own grocery shopping. The things that bother me are counter to who I am and the way I live. It’s not like it’s hard to be decent and respectful and well-behaved. I do wait in line, and I do take the subway, and I do do my own grocery shopping, and I do take the kids to school.”
Hey, more power to ya, Sarah Jessica. If we were uberfamous actors, we’d be driving around in a stretch Escalade and stomping on peons like nobody’s business! But not only does SJP not stomp on peons, she deeply resents the implication that she’s the peon-stomping type—an implication that Page Six unwisely made when they reported that she’d complained about jury duty.
“For Page Six to be so cavalier—I was so outraged by the character assassination!” she said. “I have served so many times, I was asked to come speak at Jury Appreciation Day! I expect I should be more calloused by now, but I am so sensitive about not ever living up to anybody’s worst idea about an actor who is well-known.”
And there you have it: Sarah Jessica Parker is an enthusiastic juror, and Page Six is a cavalier putz.
Would you use your celeb status to get out of jury duty?