Kristin Davis, best known from her years spent as Charlotte on “Sex and the City,” returns to series television Thursday in the new CBS comedy “Bad Teacher.”
She plays Ginny, a prim, Type-A, uppity instructor. With a penchant for ponytails. And cardigans.
“I looked at myself in the mirror one day and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t believe it; I tried not to do this,’” said Davis, 49, in a phone interview from London, where she’s making her West End debut in the play “Fatal Attraction.”
“You go to do a new character and I always say, ‘I don’t want to wear pink, I don’t want to wear Charlotte colors,’ ” she added. “In the end, everyone’s like, ‘Oh, it’s like Charlotte.’ That’s what happens when you play a character for as long as I played [her].”
For six seasons and two feature films, Davis was one-fourth of the cosmo-sipping, man-eating quartet on the memorable HBO series.
Her new role as Ginny has her playing the thorn-in-the-side of Meredith (Ari Graynor of “Fringe”) — think a younger Samantha who prefers to marry into money rather than to make it herself. Ginny is not amused by her co-worker’s seductive style.
“Ginny is like Charlotte if Charlotte didn’t have a happy life,” Davis said. “Ginny is kind of angry. Kind of stressed out.”
Kind of the opposite of Davis, a self-described bohemian who’s quick to giggle and doesn’t take things too seriously.
“I’m way more of a slob than both Ginny and Charlotte,” said the mother of a toddler who’s busy doing eight shows a week in London.
She’s filmed 13 episodes of “Bad Teacher,” premiering at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on WBBM-Channel 2. The series is based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz film by the same name.
While the main character is indeed a bad teacher, she can also be a good influence — much like Davis’ real-life high-school drama instructor in South Carolina.
“He didn’t really follow the rules, sometimes in bad ways,” Davis said, declining to elaborate. “But on the other hand he was very inspiring and passionate about what he did.”
She credits him with helping her become a professional actor, a career whose perks called for a few dreamy weeks in French Polynesia while shooting Vince Vaughn’s 2009 comedy “Couples Retreat.”
“We’d been in Bora Bora for a month, which was of course beautiful, hot weather,” she said. “Then we had to fly to Chicago in January and shoot outside the airport in the snow … because Vince Vaughn always wants to shoot in Chicago for every movie. We were really mad at him. And did that scene end up in the movie? No, it did not.”
Might another movie — one that ends with a “3” and allows Davis to reprise her best-known role — be in the offing?
“I wish I knew,” she said. “The stars have to align perfectly. It’s never easy … but I’m hopeful.”