Her iconic character Miranda changed up her life on And Just Like That… by ditching her husband Steve and dating the nonbinary comedian Che Diaz.
And Cynthia Nixon revealed to Variety in an interview for its Pride issue that she thinks Miranda was coded as ‘queer’ even going back to the original Sex And The City series, which ran on HBO from 1998 to 2004.
Although the 56-year-old star acknowledge the series didn’t have much representation for gay women, she thought Miranda was a ‘stand-in’ for them thanks to what she saw as ‘lesbianic qualities.’
Old news: Cynthia Nixon, 56, shared with Variety in an interview published Wednesday that she though her Sex And The City character Miranda had always been queer, even before she came out on And Just Like That; seen May 24 in NYC
Nixon suggested there were hints that Miranda was queer back in the first series.
‘Even though she was only really interested in men, I think that Miranda had many other queer and frankly, lesbianic qualities about her,’ she opined. ‘And I think for a lot of gay women, she — we didn’t have a gay woman! But she was a stand-in for the gay women we didn’t have.’
Michael Patrick King, the showrunner for both the original show and its continuation, asked Nixon if she wanted her character to be queer like her in the new show.
‘I was like, “Sure, why not!”‘ she recounted. ‘If we’re trying to do different stuff, and show different worlds, and show different aspects of these characters, why not do that?’
Hints: ‘Even though she was only really interested in men, I think that Miranda had many other queer and frankly, lesbianic qualities about her,’ she opined; still from And Just Like That…
Moving on: The new series sees her end her marriage to Steve (David Eigenberg) to date the nonbinary comedian Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez, who graced Variety’s cover)
In order to give him space to develop the character, King decided he need to ‘get Miranda out of her marriage’ to Steve (David Eigenberg), though he initially envisioned her awakening coming via an affair with her professor after she went back to school.
Nixon, who didn’t mind showing Miranda’s life falling apart to a certain extend, vetoed her sleeping with a professor.
‘I know we’re crossing a lot of boundaries here that people have a lot of opinions about, but for me a boundary that I don’t want to see Miranda cross is dating her professor, you know? That’s not OK with me,’ she said.
Although moving on with Che (played by nonbinary actor Sara Ramirez) and the reveal of her true sexual orientation came as a shock to some longtime viewers, King though it was perfectly in line with how Miranda came to be married in the first place, which he said was ‘against her will almost.’
‘Miranda was an anarchy character,’ he explained. ‘She was like, “Why do I have to wear a dress and go out and pretend guys are smarter than they are?”‘
Chaos agent: Showrunner Michael Patrick King said Miranda was always the ‘anarchy character.’ He originally wanted her awakening to come from an affair with a professor, but Nixon vetoed that; still from And Just Like That…
Patterns: Nixon added that her character had always been at odds with ‘ power, and female power versus male power, and women getting the short end of the stick — and that’s a big issue for women who are queer’; still from Sex And The City
Nixon added that her character had always been at odds with ‘power, and female power versus male power, and women getting the short end of the stick — and that’s a big issue for women who are queer.’
‘I think not having to be under a man’s thumb has always been one of the very appealing things that being with another woman has to offer.’
Nixon added that Samantha (Kim Cattrall) briefly dated a female painter (played by Sônia Braga), suggesting that Sex And The City was more tuned in to queer characters than its reputation might suggest.