Cynthia Nixon: 'And Just Like That,' LGBTQ+ Roles Will be Done Right

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday December 16, 2021

Out "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon says that sequel series "And Just Like That..." will treat LGBTQ+ characters properly — something the original show didn't always do, UK newspaper The Mirror reported.

"The actress, 55, who is in a same-sex relationship, says as much as she loves the old 'Sex And The City,' it would miss the mark culturally if it were made now," The Mirror said.

Speaking with Elle magazine, Nixon acknowledged that a straight-up continuation of the beloved series, which ran on HBO from 1998-2004, "would be incredibly tone-deaf."

"We had gay characters, but a lot of the LGBT stuff in it was purely for comedic effect," Nixon said of the original show, adding that SATC's approach to LGBTQ+ characters "now rings harsh on the ear, I have to say."

Nixon went on to explain that correcting "the things that we really got wrong" on "SATC" was "part of the reason we wanted to do the [new] show."

The new series has gone for inclusion and diversity in a much bigger way than its predecessor. Elle noted that "And Just Like That..." "now presents people of color and gender non-binary characters alongside its leads" in a way that "Sex and the City" never did.

Predictably, that very focus on diversity has its detractors. As previously reported at EDGE, Meghan McCain went after the show following its premiere on HBO Max earlier this month.

"Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) takes part in a podcast hosted by Che Diaz, the show's first nonbinary character, played by Tony Award winner Sara Ramírez (they/them)," EDGE noted in the previous article.

"But apparently having one cis white woman on the podcast wasn't enough for McCain, who wrote about the show in her weekly commentary in the Daily Mail," the writeup added.

Griped McCain: "One of them is — of course — queer and nonbinary. Because it's so boring and un-evolved to be a straight white woman."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.