Sex and the City’s reboot And Just Like That has seen devoted fans watch and respond in droves, but it turns out one key player in the original series didn’t actually want to return to SATC at all, initially.
Actress Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbs, said she was at first ‘very reluctant’ to be part of the new series, and had to be persuaded to reprise her role.
‘I really didn’t think I was going to do it; I was very reluctant,’ Nixon told the Herald Sun, adding that her decision to sign up was ‘very hard.’
Her main reasons, she said, involved the lack of diversity in the original Sex And The City series, which she referred to as ‘occasionally tone deaf on race and gender’.
However, Nixon was persuaded by the team’s commitment to tackles these issues. ‘The more I talked to Sarah Jessica [Parker], [writer-creator] Michael Patrick King and Kristin [Davis], about the things that I couldn’t go back without — a real sea change in terms of the lack of diversity in the original series — they were on board’ she added.
‘I was floored by how hard everybody listened and how collaboratively we worked together to not just redecorate the house but to build a whole new house, one that had us in it but new characters, too.’
In keeping with creating a show that accurately reflects modern times, Nixon wanted And Just Like That to reflect how the character’s real lives had changed with age as well. ‘
‘The characters are 55 so they’re in menopause. And menopause is the punchline to a lot of jokes and certainly has its unpleasant aspects’ said Nixon. ‘But, it’s a time when women have spent decades looking after other people and can again focus on themselves: “Who am I? Who do I want to be?”’
She also added that despite Sex and the City‘s issues, she was forever ‘grateful’ to the show for giving her an ‘adult career’.