Sarah Jessica Parker - Sarah Jessica Parker: 'Sex And The City Made Girls Possible'
The actress, who starred in six seasons and two spin-off movies of the hit female-focused show, is a big fan of the gritty New York City-set drama, and she is convinced her work as a producer behind the scenes has helped emerging female writers and directors like Dunham.
She tells Net-A-Porter magazine, "(U.S. network) HBO was very encouraging of the beyond-camera role I played, and I feel that had we not done it, I don't know that would have existed for Girls. It's such a different way of thinking and it's not conventional. I also think that (Dunham) came along understanding her voice and with the support of a producing partner (Judd Apatow) experienced enough to say she is capable of this, that she needs to be in charge of the story as it's her voice. I do feel Sex and the City's success made that possible, and it would have been different otherwise."