On the very first day of my internship at the Late Show with David Letterman in 2001, I had the pleasure of briefly standing within a few inches of the indelibly charming and impossibly petite Sarah Jessica Parker. During those few moments, my mind alternated between two thoughts: she smells better than anyone I’ve ever smelled, and she is a high-ranking member of my imaginary Facial Mole Club.
Since childhood, I’ve considered the cute, brown beauty mark prettily placed at the upper-right side of my mouth a signature physical feature. And I thought SJP considered the beige one on her chin to be a central element of her own look. Years passed since I’d seen her with my own eyes, and she retained dignitary status.
But then, sometime between filming the first and second Sex and the City movies, her mole disappeared. I noticed. Others noticed. My mole noticed-and felt betrayed. Many of us demanded an explanation, but our cries went unanswered.
Finally, this week, SJP returned to the scene of our respective moles’ first and only magical meeting-she now mole-less, me sitting on a couch 1,000 miles away-and she addressed the elephant in the room.
“I had a mole removed,” she told Dave, revealing that her brother-in-law, a plastic surgeon, performed the procedure when she had a few days that wouldn’t be subject to a camera’s scrutiny. “I didn’t object to it. I just didn’t care for it.”
Little did she know, others cared for it.
“Apparently, it turned into, like, mole-gate,” a surprised SJP said. She went on to tell Dave that a woman approached her on the beach to tell her how sad she was to see that her signature was gone. (I assure you, it wasn’t me; though I wouldn’t put it past myself.) SJP had never thought of it that way, and suddenly, she explained, a paralyzing regret set in.
“I thought I’d make a terrible mistake. Can they put it back on?” she joked. “But it was long to pathology by then.”
Watch SJP’s entire explanation:
I’ll miss SJP’s mole, but as long as she removed it for the right reasons-not to please hubby Matthew Broderick or harsh film critics-I can respect her decision.
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