"But I think it's since taken on a negative connotation -- as a woman of a certain age hanging out in a club where she can pick up young men," the Courier Mail quoted her as saying in an interview.
Defending her character in the film, she added: "I never thought that was what the character represented. I'm sure there are women who do that, but I never considered Samantha to be that. And certainly not myself; I could not go into a bar and pick up a man -- that is so foreign to me it's not even in my hemisphere. I am totally insecure.
"That is predatory behaviour, and I don't consider myself a predator. In fact, I feel sometimes that I am the pursued."