Jason Lewis steamed up TV sets across the nation when he came aboard Sex and the City as Smith Jerrod, Samantha’s most recent boy toy. And he’s back doing more of the same in the SATC movie. But is the former fashion model more than just a pretty…uh, everything? Read on about how the actor has braved the paparazzi, the rumor mill, and tummy-rubbing fans ever since he got his big break.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What it was like to go back into the world of Sex and the City after four years?
JASON LEWIS: It was nice. It was really — it was actually kind of phenomenal, because it was nice to get to work with those people again, first off. They used most of the same crew from the top to the bottom of pretty much everyone that was on the TV show. So it was like a little reunion. And in terms of doing the work, I think they did a — that’s kind of a hard road to hoe. They’ve got a lot of audience expectations, time’s moved forward, and I think they did a good job of delivering what that reality would be. So it was fun to work on.
Did it feel different this time around?
Yes and no. Again, so many of the same players were there. And as far as when it was a TV show, there was certainly no lack of bells and whistles. It was such a carefully and well-run production then, so not really.
What is happening with your character and Samantha in the movie?
I don’t really know what I’m allowed to say there.
Have your characters moved to L.A.?
Well, I don’t really know what I’m allowed to say there.
Has Smith’s career taken off?
Definitely. I’ll say that. The two of us have moved forward in our relationship. And she continues to work with me. And I’m doing much better in terms of my success.
Were there a lot of crazy crowds while you were shooting?
It depended where you were and how accessible the locations were. In New York City, there was a few where you’re like, ”It’s 30 degrees out right now. Go home! It’s 2 in the morning. You’re suffering. I’m suffering for you. I’m suffering for me.”
Did the crew have to put up decoys for outdoor shoots?
The paparazzi’s probably the more infiltrating thing. They were there running around during a lovemaking scene we were shooting; they’re trying to sneak through the windows of the house that you’re shooting in.
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