03/08/2013 02:36 pm ET

Sarah Jessica Parker Talks 'Girls,' AnnaSophia Robb And 'The Carrie Diaries'

Would "Girls" be the phenomenon it is today if "Sex & The City" hadn't come before it? Not according to Sarah Jessica Parker.

In an interview with Net-A-Porter's The Edit, Parker revealed that she believes "SATC" paved the way for Lena Dunham.

“HBO was very encouraging of the beyond-camera role I played, and I feel that had we not done it, I don't know that would have existed for 'Girls,'" she said. "It's a such a different way of thinking and it's not conventional.

“I also think [Dunham] came along understanding her voice and with the support of a producing partner [Judd Apatow] experienced enough to say she is capable of this, she needs to be in charge of the story as it's her voice. I do feel 'Sex & The City's' success made that possible, and it would have been different otherwise.”

Parker told The Hollywood Reporter in September 2012 that "Girls" is "a very different show ... But the similarity is in the intimacy of the conversations among women."

Dunham told Claire Danes in Interview magazine that she found "Sex & The City" to be "aspirational."

"And not just in terms of lifestyle," Dunham said. "I kind of also felt like it was aspirational about friendship."

Aspirational at may have been, but a prequel to the HBO series is currently airing on the CW -- and Parker isn't exactly thrilled about it.

"You know, I think it’s one of those tests of your generosity," Parker told The Edit of "The Carrie Diaries." "She [Anna­Sophia Robb] is a lovely girl and I want her to feel good about it, but it's ... odd.”

"Girls" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO and "The Carrie Diaries" airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.

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