Cynthia Nixon has opened up about the aims she and her co-stars had when making And Just Like That, sharing the input that she had in casting Sara Ramirez as newcomer Che Diaz in the Sex And The City reboot.
The recently-released revival sees the actor reprise her role as no-nonsense lawyer Miranda Hobbes, returning alongside Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and Kristin Davis as Charlotte York.
As well as familiar faces, the series also welcomed several new actors to join the cast, including Sara as Che, Carrie’s boss and Miranda’s new love interest; Sarita Choudhury as Seema Patel; Nicole Ari Parker as Lisa Todd Wexley; and Karen Pittman as Dr Nya Wallace.
During a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, Cynthia, 55, expressed her admiration for her co-star Sara when asked by Drew whether it was true that she ‘handpicked’ the Grey’s Anatomy star.
The Gilded Age actor recalled how they mentioned Sara for the part of Che after being aware and impressed by their career.
‘I suggested them because I’d been aware of them for so long, and such a fan,’ she said, before adding: ‘I was always watching their career.’
During the interview, Cynthia explained that when thinking about how to bring back the story of Sex and the City, there were certain elements that she and her co-stars wanted to ensure were maintained, while acknowledging that some aspects of the show were ‘maybe not so great’.
‘I wanted to be sure and I think we all wanted to be sure that when we went back, we could save a lot of what was great about the original and fix what was maybe not so great, like the fact that it was such an overwhelmingly white show,’ she said.
‘That we would really open up the door and invite these new characters in and really do right by them so that we could get great actors and actresses to play them.’
In December, Cynthia admitted that it was a ‘hard decision’ to return to the world of Sex and the City.
‘It was a very hard decision. I really didn’t think I was going to do it – I was very reluctant,’ she told News Corp via the Herald Sun.
‘But 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.’
The Ratched star added that she was ‘very proud of the original series’, despite it ‘being occasionally tone-deaf on race and gender’.
And Just Like That is available to stream on NOW TV