The Internet Is Losing Its Mind Over Kim Cattrall’s Strange (and Amazing) Scatting Video
Kim Cattrall is best known for her quippy one-liners and powerful sex-positive attitude while playing Samantha Jones on the hit TV show Sex and the City. Award-winning acting aside, the 62-year-old star is now making headlines for a hidden talent we didn’t see coming: scatting. Before we even attempt to unpack this, take a listen for yourself.
According to a Gawker (RIP) article written in 2015, this video was first posted to YouTube in 2011, but the details of its origin are still a mystery. After some in-depth digital sleuthing, we'd guess that the original clip was shot sometime between 1998 and 2004, when Cattrall was still married to her then husband, musician Mark Levinson. Since then, this internet gem has resurfaced multiple times, stunning some and confusing others with Cattrall’s cool-cat speaking voice and confident-yet-bizarre improvised scatting as her silent, bass-playing husband plucks alongside. To date, there are over 400,000 views on YouTube.
In a recent interview with Yahoo for her upcoming movie Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans, Cattrall finally addressed how this video came to be. “It was actually to promote his music and it was a very fun thing to do one afternoon in our little house, our little beach house and it spawned this kind of crazy fans to watch this video,” she explained. The 42-second-long clip even inspired artists Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins of THNK1994 art gallery (dedicated to all things pop culture) to create an exhibit based on the original music. “In Brooklyn, in New York, they had this opening, some artist she had made some kind of painting to the music of it and the scatting. It was very odd!”
As Cattrall explains in the original clip, “I read poetry and sonnets and he plays the upright bass.” Now, you might think this “poetry” is just random gibberish, but as some well-read fans pointed out, she’s actually taking on her own interpretation of Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Little Dog's Day.”
Kim, you can officially add YouTube sensation to your Instagram bio because honey, you’ve made it.