‘It’s a broader world’: Kristin Davis defends Sex And The City’s woke reboot while sobbing Sarah Jessica Parker admits she ‘didn’t think’ she’d get the chance to revive role
- Reviews branded the reboot a ‘misfire’ in ‘woke’ times after years of being criticised for its largely white cast and claims of gender and racial stereotyping
- The revival has seen many nods to political correctness and sensitivity – with the characters discussing racial microaggressions, gender identity and sexuality
Kristin Davis has defended the Sex And The City’s reboot’s new overly-woke spin, reasoning that it’s a ‘broader world’ than before.
The actress, who plays Charlotte York-Goldenblatt in the series, appeared in a roundtable chat with Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes) and an emotional Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw) as they discussed reviving their characters for And Just Like That…
The 10-episode miniseries began airing earlier this month after obstacles including filming during the pandemic, and the absence of series regular Kim Cattrall, 65, from the show after she fell out with Parker.
‘It’s a broader world’: Kristin Davis (centre) defended Sex And The City’s woke reboot as she joined sobbing Sarah Jessica Parker (left) and Cynthia Nixon (right) in a round table chat
However, reviews of the revival branded the reboot a ‘misfire’ as it struggled to find its place in ‘woke’ times, something the show has been heavily criticised for over the years – due to its largely white cast and claims of gender and racial stereotyping and sex-shaming.
Episodes of the reboot have seen many nods to political correctness and sensitivity – with the characters discussing racial microaggressions, gender identity and sexuality.
While the show lost one original cast member in Kim, it gained some new ones with Sarah Ramirez (Che Diaz), Nicole Ari Parker (Lisa Todd Wedley), Karen Pittman (Dr. Nya Wallace), and Sarita Chouhdury (Seema Patell).
Broader: Discussing the reboot’s new take, Davis explained, ‘We had this idea to come back in this way we’ve come back with a new kind of broader world’
Recent episodes have seen Miranda accidentally deliver a slew of racial microaggressions in a conversation with her black professor Dr. Nya Wallace, while Charlotte’s daughter Lily has revealed she believes she is transgender.
Discussing the reboot’s new take, Davis explained: ‘We had this idea to come back in this way we’ve come back with a new kind of broader world.’
Referring to the new characters, she added: ‘They’re so brilliantly cast and they have such an interesting point of view.’
Nixon added: ‘Michael Patrick [King, the series director] really focused on the heart of each of these characters and also their connection to each other. He’s so funny but also he goes for the gut punch every time.’
New stars: While the show lost one character in Samantha it gained some new ones such as Che Diaz (Sarah Ramirez) a non-binary (they/them) stand-up comedian who hosts a podcast
Meanwhile, Parker noted: ‘We’re back because we want to be. Nobody dragged us back, this is a hard fought choice.
‘We want to be here to tell this story in this way and invite all these new people.’
Welling up, she added: ‘I didn’t think it was going to happen… we’re very aware of the good fortune that surrounds just this effort this time.’
The latest: Parker, 56, expressed her happy surprise that the revival was developed and brought to air in a roundtable chat on HBO Max Sunday
Nixon said of the reunion, ‘You can never go home again – except very occasionally, you actually can. This amazing thing that happened in your life, 25 years ago.’
An emotional Parker said that ‘to be together is really, like, great,’ as Davis noted, ‘You never get to work with people this long, in this way, in this depth.’
Parker said that ‘there is so much that went into this endeavor,’ including Nixon and Davis being executive producers, with Nixon also directing an episode.
Feeling lucky: Parker said that she and her castmates were ‘very aware of the good fortune that surrounds just this effort this time’
Grateful: Nixon said of the reunion, ‘You can never go home again – except very occasionally, you actually can’
Davis said ‘it is such a unique thing to have’ Nixon directing with her institutional knowledge of the franchise.
‘You’ve been in it with us for so long, and you know the fabric,’ Davis said. ‘You know everything about it, right? So that when you do say something to us, it’s so fascinating. It has more weight.
‘Also, just to listen to her call cut when she’s in the scene with you, that’s special.’
The hit show initially aired on HBO from 1998 until 2004, garnering seven Emmys in the timeframe.
The cast reunited for two films, including 2008’s Sex and the City, which made more than $418 million in international revenues; and the 2010 sequel Sex and the City 2, which made more than $290 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
Reflections: Davis said ‘it is such a unique thing to have’ Nixon also working as a director on the show, with her institutional knowledge of the franchise
As well as the controversy surrounding Cattrall’s absence from the reboot, the series also came under fire when show star Chris Noth was accused of sexual assault.
Last week, the three actresses shared a message on their Instagram Stories accounts addressing the sexual assault allegations made by multiple women.
Noth’s character Mr Big was killed off in episode one of the series, two weeks before the actor was hit with allegations that he raped and sexually assaulted two women – which he vehemently denies.
‘We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth,’ Parker, Nixon and Davis said.
‘We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it much be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it.’
Not quite the same: The reboot does not feature Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha (2R) after the actress famously fell out with Parker
Last week, The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of sexual assault against the star from two women who used the pseudonyms Zoe, now 40, and Lily, now 31.
In the report, both accusers claim that Noth had sex with them from behind in front of a mirror, with the first attack allegedly taking place in 2004, while the second reportedly occurred in 2015, three years after Noth married his wife, Tara Wilson, with whom he has two children.
Noth has vehemently denied all allegations of sexual assault, but he’s admitted to having ‘consensual encounters’ with both of his accusers.
And Just Like That… Episode Five airs in the US on HBO Max on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET. In the UK, the show airs on NOW TV at 8am and Sky Comedy at 8am and 9am and 9pm and 10pm
Killed off: Big was killed off in episode one of the series, two weeks before actor Chris Noth was hit with allegations that he raped and sexually assaulted two women – which he denies
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