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Kim Cattrall talks Sex and the City sequel and surprising new hobby as she arrives in EdinburghFAMOUS for her portrayal of notorious Manhattanite Samantha Jones, Kim Cattrall talks shopping and Sex and the City as she’s in town for Edinburgh Film Festival.06:00, 19 JUN 2016Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall (Image: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)

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WHEN Kim Cattrall says she is going shopping, it’s hard not to picture her walking into the ritzy, glitzy high end stores of New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Fans of Sex And The City would expect nothing less.

This is a woman, after all, who starred in the acclaimed series as Samantha Jones, a character who enjoyed a ferocious appetite for everything Manhattan had to offer as long as it was daring, designer and very, very expensive.

As she visits Edinburgh, however, it’s not the exclusive shops of the capital she will be found in but rather the nooks and crannies of the back streets as she seeks out flea markets and second hand goods.

The 59 year old actress has not fallen on hard times but she has plans instead to indulge her passion for a more homely pursuit, the kind of endeavour which would have turned up the toes of Samantha’s Christian Louboutin shoes.

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She said: “I have a new hobby. I have become an apprentice indigo dyer. It’s a really odd thing, right? The thing I like about it is about renewal. I am looking for vintage pieces.

“I find linens, they have to be in some condition, not falling apart, and a lot of them, because they are usually white or off white, have lost their colour and I love dipping them, especially in indigo, which is a very beautiful colour which has very many degrees, depending on how many time you dip it.

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“So I have been collecting beautiful lace or canvas, some embroidered and some not, which have been cast aside because they have stains or been worn and paled, and I dip them and bring them back to life. I have a vat at home in my basement. That’s where you’ll often find me. I have spent more time in my basement for the last couple of months than I care to say.”

Not for the immediate future, however. She is in Edinburgh for the 70th International Film Festival, where she has taken part in a q about her career and is sitting on the jury to select the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film. Shopping will take second place to movies but she is also determined to take in Edinburgh on her third visit to the city.

She attended the festival in 2011 and returned the year after on a trip round the Highland and Islands with the ashes of her late father. When the EIFF’s Artistic Director, Mark Adams asked her to attend this year, she didn’t hesitate.

She said: “I knew Mark would pick really interesting films and I wanted to know more about Scotland. I was here in 2011 and in 2012 I took this incredible journey. I arrived in Glasgow and I did this sort of half crescent moon over Scotland, went to Inverness, Nairn, then I went to Fife to visit friends and then I came to Edinburgh.

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“I had my dad’s ashes with me the whole time. I did it with friends from New York and then they went back to Glasgow and I drove from Edinburgh to Liverpool and put my dad’s ashes in the family grave which was beautiful. So I felt that he was on this last journey with me.

“Being here I will get to know more and being on the Michael Powell jury I am getting to see all these Scottish films so we will see what happens. I’m so honoured to be put in a position to encourage people who are making still making films. When you think of all the film scripts out there and producers and directors , that you actually got a film made is a mini miracle in this day and age.”

She knows what she is talking about. The bright lights of Sex and The City dazzle a very long and varied career which stretches back to the 1970s, a time when she was one of the last contract player for the major studios, signing to Universal in 1976 and starting out on now classic TV shows such as Quincy, Starsky and Hutch and The Incredible Hulk. A self confessed “hippy chick from Vancouver island” her jeans and tee shirt look didn’t cut it and she was told in no uncertain terms.
adidas predator powerswerve Kim Cattrall talks Sex and the City sequel and surprising new hobby as she arrives in Edinburgh