Everyone knows that there is no Sex and the City without Carrie Bradshaw. Beyond that, there is no Carrie Bradshaw without Sarah Jessica Parker. The idea of anyone else playing that iconic role (and kissing Mr. Big) just gives us the chills — and not in a good way. Believe it or not, our biggest fear was almost made a reality.

That’s right, Kristin Davis, who went on to play the Upper East Side princess Charlotte York, was almost cast as everyone’s favorite Manolo Blahnik wearing, cigarette smoking writer. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, SATC creator Darren Star revealed what it was like to choose the actresses behind the beloved roles of Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, and Charlotte York.

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Cynthia, SJP, Kristin, and Kim.

Darren explained that because SJP was unsure of joining the cast at first, he asked Kristin to consider reading for the role of Ms. Bradshaw. Because Carrie’s character was described as having, “the body of Heather Locklear and the mind of Dorothy Parker,” Kristin ended up declining to read. The now 53-year-old realized that she was meant for something different.

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She couldn’t help but think, “I am never in a hundred million years going to have the body of Heather Locklear.” Additionally, Carrie smoked and swore, things that were outside of Kristin’s comfort zone. She reasoned, “Carrie’s fantastic, but I’m Charlotte.” And thank goodness she did!

We simply couldn’t imagine the cast any other way. Despite the countless real life feuds between Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker, we’ll always see these four women as soulmates!