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Stars and the City: Kristin Davis of ‘Christmas in the Wild’

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|by Jeryl Brunner |


The ‘Sex and the City’ star on motherhood, her upcoming Netflix film and her cherished spot in New York City

An actress, producer and philanthropist, Kristin Davis recently filmed the upcoming Netflix movie Christmas in the Wild with Rob Lowe. A passionate conservationist and human rights activist, the Sex and the City star is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Davis also just partnered with CoolSculpting on their Denim Denial campaign to inspire women to learn more about personalized body contouring and fitting in to their favorite jeans. She last appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man

Actress Kristin Davis in New York City (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for CoolSculpting by Allergan)

Actress Kristin Davis in New York City (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for CoolSculpting by Allergan)

You just shot the Netflix film, Christmas in the Wild, about people who rescue elephants. What was it like to work with your co-star Rob Lowe, who you worked with in the 1990s?
Kristin Davis
: We did Atomic Train a long time ago, so it was really fun to reconnect with him. The film was shot in South Africa and Zambia, and we were there pretty much all summer and had a great time. Christmas in the Wild is a very special movie about conservation, elephants and the people who are real-life heroes working to save them from extinction. And we were able to film at two different places where that is actually what is going on. So we didn’t work with any trained elephants. In terms of spending money to do the film the right way, Netflix was a really amazing partner.

And doesn’t John Owen Lowe, Rob Lowe’s son, play your son?
Kristin Davis
: Johnny is so, so good. I had met Rob’s sons when they were little. I know the whole family, I have worked with Chad. I’ve met Rob’s father. I know Rob’s wife Cheryl. It is wonderful to see Johnny grow up. And Rob’s son Matthew also came for the trip. I just love them so much.

Is there something that you wish someone had told you when you were starting your career? 
Kristin Davis
: I wish someone had said “All you have to do is be you.” When you are trying to be an actress, you’re auditioning, auditioning, auditioning and not getting things. You’re too thin, you’re too fat, you’re too this, you’re too that, you’re-buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-buh. It’s very, very hard not to take it personally. I used to do yoga to try to calm down and shut that out. You just have to hold on to your dream and what’s special about you. Everyone has something to contribute, and that’s what is important. And there (are) so many ways now to contribute that didn’t exist when I was trying to come up. You can make your own video on your phone. I wish someone had just said that to me. I’m sure someone probably did and I just didn’t hear it.

How has motherhood transformed you? (Davis has a seven-year-old daughter, Gemma Rose, and a baby son.)
Kristin Davis
: I was talking to a single friend the other day, and he said “I’m watching something on television about the space station.” And I thought, “I remember those days.” It’s a lot of responsibility. And of course, sometimes, you really take that to heart. But a really joyous part that I didn’t understand until they came into my life is that they are a surprise every day. You don’t know what is going to come out of their mouths. It’s just such an adventure, and they bring so much to you. We get stressed about trying to be perfect, but they are such little wonders all on their own. I just feel like I’m there to support them.

What inspired you to try CoolSculpting?
Kristin Davis
: I had heard about it, but didn’t know anyone who had tried it. I didn’t quite understand what it was. Then I kept seeing more ads that were intriguing, did some research and saw many positive comments online from people shaped like me who tried it and had success. I saw how many doctors started doing it. I read it was the number one fat reduction treatment in the world.

Since my second child has come into my life, I have worked out maybe twice in the last ten months. Yet, I am still am acting and have problem areas. Also, even when I went to the gym six times a week, you can’t spot reduce. Plus, I fear doctors and needles. And with two kids, I don’t really feel like I can get plastic surgery. I overcame my fear, and was really impressed with CoolSculpting. They listened and made a personal plan for me. And there are no needles, no anesthesia. You are just targeting specific areas that you can’t seem to get rid of no matter what you do. I only went once. I watched TV, looked at my phone. Then it was over. When I picked up my daughter, I forgot that I had done it. Then I was a little numb, but it was very minor. And then not very long after that, I could button my jeans again. It says it takes about three months to see the total difference. I only had the treatment a month ago, so I’m excited to see the rest of the results.

Is there one place in New York City that you absolutely adore? 
Kristin Davis
: Central Park. I lived on the park for so long, and I just love it. I love everything about it. There are so many touchstones in New York City that feel familiar. Today I drove by the big research library, with the lions, and I thought, “Oh.” I have been to so many events and spent weeks filming there. I feel so connected to it. 

Would you like to come back to do a Broadway play? 
Kristin Davis: When I did Gore Vidal's The Best Man, listen to who was in it: James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Stamos, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen. I don’t think anything could live up to that experience. But yes, of course, I’d love to. 

For more of the best of the city, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in November 2018.

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