Ratched star Cynthia Nixon said she was initially reluctant to return for And Just Like That…

On Thursday (9 December), our favourite New York ladies – Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristen Davis) – returned to our TV screens in the Sex and the City revival.

Although a majority of the original cast reprised their roles, Kim Cattrall and her fan favourite character Samantha Jones opted out of the series.

In an interview with Elle UK, Nixon revealed that she almost didn’t sign on for the revival due to its predecessor’s “tone-deaf” past.

“I was very reluctant at first. I said I probably wasn’t going to sign back on because I felt like there would have to be a sea change to happen to make this show – the show we would want it to be in 2021 and beyond,” she explained.

“‘As wonderful as [SATC] is, to do that show right now would be incredibly tone-deaf. So I was really worried that the transformation wouldn’t be big enough, and my fears are very allayed.”

This time around, the series features a more diverse set of characters that are played by BIPOC actors.

This includes non-binary podcast host Che Diaz (Sara Ramírez), documentarian Lisa Todd Wexley (Nicole Ari Parker), Columbia law professor Dr Nya Wallace (Karen Pittman) and real estate broker Seema Patel (Sarita Choudhury).


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When discussing the show’s diverse cast, the Ratched actress described it as “breathtaking.”

Later on in the interview, Nixon said that part of the reason why the revival was created was to “undo” previous problematic storylines and lack of diversity.

“It’s part of the reason we wanted to do the show – to go back and [undo] the things that we really got wrong,” she said.

“We had gay characters [in SATC], but a lot of the LGBT stuff in it was purely for comedic effect – and now rings harsh on the ear, I have to say.”

Nixon also touched on the absence of Samantha Jones and said it was “great” the way the series dealt with the character.

“I really love it, I think it’s great – the way we address it, head on,” she said.

“There’s what you tell casual acquaintances is the situation, and then when you’re left alone and discuss it amongst yourselves, we get to a deeper level of sadness and confusion about it.

“We love this character, and we want to show great respect for her.”

The first two episodes of And Just Like That… are available on Sky Comedy and NOW in the UK.