07/12/2011 02:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sarah Jessica Parker In Vogue: 'Bradshaw's Life Is Nothing Like Mine' (PHOTOS)

Sarah Jessica Parker covers Vogue's August Age Issue and inside, the 46-year-old actress talks about her upcoming flick "I Don't Know How She Does It," raising her three children and the odds of her not being presentable when she leaves the house ("pretty high" -- somehow we doubt that).

On identifying with Carrie Bradshaw:

"Bradshaw's life is nothing -- nothing -- like mine," she says. "I loved playing her, and it changed my life in lots of wonderful ways, but I'm not a crazy shoe lady, I don't think about fashion all day long, although I have a great respect for the industry. Every choice we've made has been different."

On being unable to leave N.Y.C.:

"You do start to understand the behind-the-gate mentality, the getting in the car in your driveway...but I can't imagine living in seclusion. We flirted with it. We went outside the city and troubled all these Realtors and stood in these homes and fantasized, and then I kept picturing nine o'clock at night and" -- she breaks into mime, drumming her fingers on her crossed knees and staring into the middle distance. "The beautiful thing about New York is, you have to expose yourself to other people the minute you step outside the door. There is no choice. And I love that."

On getting dressed for an evening out:

For the Spring Gala of American Ballet Theater, where she serves on the board, she chose a black-and-white lace Valentino because "it was his birthday, and I thought that was a nice way of acknowledging that." At the Met last May in tribute to Alexander McQueen, she borrowed a nude beaded column from the designer's archive. "I love the opportunity to wear something really special and go to a wonderful event at some great cultural institution....Not to sound too Pollyanna about it, but I really didn't imagine when I was a little girl that I would be there to see it all myself."

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