23 years after HBO’s cult status Sex and the city series premiere and 11 years since the second installment of the franchise, Cynthia Nixon re-joining Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis as Miranda Hobbes, her shrewd, career-minded character and strength in the show’s revival, And just like that… (currently streaming on HBO Max). The series follows the trio as they navigate life as women in their 50s — a decade that Nixon, 55, was excited to showcase on television. “We’re all in our 50s and I don’t feel like there’s a lot of testing at that age,” she said.
The two-time Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress said people tend to see the 40s to 80s as “midwestern – it’s just a flat type. All the same. You are no longer young, but you are not quite old. But once you really step into it, you’re like, ‘Wow, there are mountains and valleys, dreams and geological formations. There’s a lot going on! ‘”
During this time, the mother-of-three has stepped out of her comfort zone to pursue her passions, including running for the governor of New York in 2018, advocating for women’s health, LGBTQ+ rights and the community education and even directed an episode of And just like that… “I like the mileage on my odometer,” she says, “all the things that I’ve been through that I’ve seen and accomplished.”
Nixon drew inspiration from his characters along the way, like Eleanor Roosevelt, who she played in Warm stream (2005). “She said that being brave doesn’t mean you’re fearless. Courage means you are afraid, and you still do it. I got a lot of guidance from that,” she said, crediting stubborn Hobbes for encouraging Nixon to find his own more assertive side.
We talked to Nixon about what fans can expect from Sex and the city reboot, what she loves at this stage in her life, how she stays healthy and why she looks forward to the holidays every year.
What is it like to return as Miranda?
It’s great to be back as Miranda. They always say you can’t go home again; well, sometimes you can. And it’s even better than you remember. Have all these new people in your home who make it a more exciting and enriching place. We are always one [Sex and the City] family, and I know everyone says that, but it’s really true. My oldest is 25 years old now and he was eight months old when we were pilots. So I am well aware that a quarter of a century has passed. And it’s really like staying with a family. People come and go and people bring their friends, get married and have kids and that’s how it feels. It’s amazing.
What is the title, And just like that…, tell us about what’s coming?
The title is confusing in a way, “And like that.” But it’s about how [your life] maybe going in one direction and then suddenly something happens and it changes in the blink of an eye, in joyful and painful ways. In my 20s, I didn’t realize what my 30s and 40s would be like. After that, my life was expanded by Sex and the City, by my love for my wife, by so many things. You never know what curves your life will take. And sometimes it doesn’t happen when you’re 18 or 21. Sometimes it happens when you’re 55.
You have said how thrilled you are to discover this stage of your life on television. Why so?
We spend a lot of time exploring childhood, adolescence and young love, but I hope as the population ages, there will be more art, television, books, movies, and podcasts about it. how you feel in your 50s or 60s or 70s. At 55, I’m actually a generation or more interested in women than I am. That person is a tremendous resource, and I want to get all the information out of them that I can.
You’ve been acting for most of your life. What perspective have you gotten from being around such talented people?
People are very successful in this world in many ways. And when you’re young, they look like superheroes. I’m a child actor, so when I was a teenager, I worked with great actors, very brilliant, like demigods. Very easily intimidated. Now at 55, whether I’m looking at other actors or the things people do in their lives, it’s much easier to say, “Oh, they’re just human beings. And they might be really good at this one particular thing, but I’m sure there’s a lot of things where they’re really terrible. And I think once you realize that, it makes things less scary. It’s kind of awesome and very interesting.
What did you learn from Miranda?
When the show started, I felt like I had almost nothing in common with Miranda, aside from the fact that we both worked with our minds. I have a longtime partner and a child and am a very family person. While my career is a big focus, it’s not like Miranda. She was interested in her career and had dated 5,000 guys and didn’t know if she wanted to be a mother or settle down. But when the show ended, I was doing an exit interview and they asked me if I looked like Miranda, and I said, “I’m like Miranda in every way.” When you join the program for a number of years, writers write for you; they make the character more and more like you. And just like that, she became a mother, got married, and the maternal love that was so latent in her really awakened. In my 30s, I achieved confidence and come out of my shy 20s — I have a lot of strength and the ability to speak my mind. I’m much more assertive now, and then I think playing Miranda was a contributing factor.
You were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. What can you tell us about that experience nearly 20 years later?
My mother had breast cancer when I was 13 years old, and she survived. When I was diagnosed, my wife – who wasn’t my wife at the time because there was no same-sex marriage in New York – was shocked about it. She was really scared. I was much less scared because I understood they caught it early on. It has not metastasized. And it’s in a very local, small place. Because of not only my mother’s experience, but also my mother’s attitude, I viewed it with caution. I had six and a half weeks of surgery to remove the tumor and radiation. Then I was on Tamoxifen, hormone therapy, for five years. I did all the things that were advised to do, but I did my best to limit my fear.
Have you changed your diet or the way you look at it since your diagnosis?
After the diagnosis, I was a vegetarian for a year or two, but I am not a vegetarian. I think I eat pretty healthy, though. I used to be a meat eater all the time, but I have more meals now you might mistake me for a veggie.
How do you handle your health and well-being routine, especially in the midst of a pandemic?
During the pandemic, I started working with a [trainer] Who is my mother-in-law used, and we are very devoted to her. My wife and I exercise with her 2-3 times a week, as often as we can. I’m not an extremely healthy person, but during the first months of the pandemic, I really didn’t do anything. And it’s not good for my body. It’s not good for my flexibility.
What are some other ways to help you stay healthy?
I go for Acupuncture once a week. After that, my blood seemed to flow better and I thought better and saw more clearly. When your muscles are asleep, it wakes them up. It looks like a face. So it’s great for your facial skin, but it’s also very relaxing. There are days when I go in there and fall asleep on the table, a very deep sleep, and I come out a new person.
How do you like to prepare for the holidays at home?
Thanksgiving New Year’s Eve is a big deal in my house. Sometimes we have 30 people on Thanksgiving. We really throw down. And then we do Hanukkah, with latkes and gelts and dreidels. Followed by my middle son birthday, December 16th and then we celebrate Christmas. We sang songs around the piano, got a tree and made gifts. And normally, not in times of COVID, sadly, we have a big New Year’s Eve party at our house with about 100 people. It’s a very fun time of year, and it’s been really, really packed for us.
Is there something you are most looking forward to celebrating at this time of year?
I love the food around the holidays. And we are very interested in pies. I made a pecan bourbon in tribute to my father and a wonderful cranberry tart. We serve this sparkling pear cider. We make a big Christmas breakfast. We usually make my mom’s lamb recipe for Christmas dinner. And because our family is half-Jewish, sometimes it’s Jewish Christmas, which means we order Chinese food for our Christmas meal. I let it rip for the holidays. I don’t want to miss anything. This is not the time to watch my weight, but I try to limit it to actual days off.
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