Sarah Jessica Parker on the 'Thrill' of Being Recognized as Carrie Bradshaw, Motherhood and Driving a Minivan

PHOTO: Now a wildly successful actress, entrepreneur and businesswoman, Sarah Jessica Parkers career was transformed following her 1998 debut on the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City."

After years of navigating the bliss and the hazards of single life in her Manolo Blahnik stilettos as Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker has become a real-life icon of what it means to be fabulous in New York.

"For the most part, I feel really privileged," Parker told ABC News' Katie Couric. "The overwhelming feeling is that my children are healthy, they're happy, they're the source of my joy and then I have this other part of my life that is really interesting and challenging and terrifying, and that I'm still very, very much interested in pursuing."

Now a wildly successful actress, entrepreneur and businesswoman, the 46-year-old's career was transformed following her 1998 debut on the hit HBO series as the single, self-involved shopaholic lead character. Millions of viewers tuned in for years to watch what sort of relationship mishap Carrie Bradshaw would land in next.

"Talking about Carrie Bradshaw is still the thrill, if that is the association, if that is the identity," Parker told ABC News' Katie Couric. "I'm very proud of it."

"I get tired of talking about, 'well you must love shoes,'" she added, laughing.

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Parker has had her hat in the show business ring so long, she's also gotten used to the occasional smack down.

"There have been a couple of men who have told me, 'your show sucks," she said. "I was like, 'who forced you to watch it, sir?'"

The "Sex and the City" series has earned Parker an Emmy and four Golden Globes for Best Actress, as well as spawned two blockbuster movie spinoffs: "Sex and the City" in 2008, and "Sex and the City 2" in 2010.

Parker says as of right now, there is no plan for a "Sex and the City 3."

The HBO franchise also gave Parker the chance to expand her brand: her own production company (which created the new Bravo show, "Works of Art), her design label and three different perfumes. It all adds up to an estimated $30 million in earnings last year -- tying Parker with Angelina Jolie atop Forbes' highest paid actresses list.

Sarah Jessica Parker: Motherhood and the City

Her business ventures notwithstanding, Parker is still making time for the big screen.

Parker's latest project is the film, "I Don't Know How She Does It," a comedy based on the 2002 best-selling book about a working Manhattan mother of two trying, and often struggling, to have it all.

"It's just so interesting. The topic of being a mother, a parent working in or out of the home, how everybody does it," said Parker of the film's plot. "But it is genuinely inspiring and moving to see how a majority of women have to do it and I think about that a lot."

The so-called "Mommy Wars" debate between working mothers and stay-at-home has gotten much attention over the years, and is a clash that Parker is familiar with.

"To suggest that it's work outside the home and it's not work in the home is so crazy to me that I can see that sometimes I think that's the source, in some ways, of this interesting conflict," she said. "This philosophical disagreement about being a mother and what that means and what kind of presence you have to have in a child's life -- we're all slightly envious of the other all the time."

Envious sometimes, Parker said, of some of the other mothers she sees when she is dropping her kids off at school.

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