Because of that, we (the world) got to see a lot of Samantha's, ahem, lady bits -- during the TV series' successful run (not to mention the subsequent films). And though some of her actions seemed controversial at the time, we dig Cattrall's decision to embrace her female form. It's clear she's comfortable and confident in her own skin, and though the 55-year old Canadian-raised actress has since sworn off doing nude scenes, she still has a thing or two to say about loving thyself naked.
The Huffington Post Canada took a moment to sit down with Cattrall before she hosted this year's P&G Beauty and Grooming Awards in Toronto. Her main message: Getting to love your body is as important as anything else you spend time on -- and how you decide to boost your confidence is really up to you.
"You get help and aid where you can, whether it's from a trainer or a dermatologist or an old home remedy of putting tea bags on your eyes or cucumbers or whatever," she says. "For a lot of women, the choice is more than that... [But it's] a woman's choice."
Read on for Cattrall's top five tips on how to look good in the buff.
Lighting is important, Cattrall says, but not necessarily in the dim-the-lights-so-your-boyfriend-can't-see-your-flaws sort of way. To the contrary: she advises against doing your makeup in your bathroom because "You can't do your makeup in the bathroom; there's just either too much light or not enough light. Usually not enough light."
It's a simple tip to looking great that's stood the test of time: "I'm part of the Jane Fonda generation, so I've been working out since my early 20s," Cattrall says. "When I don't work out, I kind of miss it... but I don't beat myself up if I can't [get to it]."
Take care of your skin since you're putting it all on display. Exfoliating and moisturizing can be important elements of an anti-aging skincare regime for the whole body, and it works for Catrall. "I love to scrub my body, especially after a workout," Cattrall says. "I feel really refreshed from it and it takes a lot of the dead skin off."
"(Beauty is all about) getting enough sleep and rest, which is a big challenge for me. There's no substitute for it," Cattrall says. Research suggests sleep deprivation can lead to higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, which can limit the formation of collagen. When that happens skin ages prematurely.
The million-dollar question for most women is: Brazilian, landing strip or full and free? "Some women like to tend their gardens more than others and that's also a personal choice. And it's a personal choice between partners as well," Cattrall says. "Some couples don't go for that and others do... There's always a trade-off of what attracts the person you're involved with." And, Catrall says, spending time caring for "down there" will make you feel more comfortable and confident in your body.