Cynthia Nixon: 'Sex and the City's Miranda Hobbes Was Always Queer

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday June 5, 2022
Originally published on June 3, 2022

Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon  (Source:AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

When the "Sex and the City" revival "And Just Like That" turned beloved type A icon Miranda Hobbes into a chaotic queer woman, it took everyone by surprise except for Cynthia Nixon, who has played the character since the show's beginning in the '90s.

According to Nixon in an interview with Variety for their Pride issue, Miranda, who in Season One of the reboot left her husband for a nonbinary comedian named Che (Sara Ramirez), has always been a queer icon — even if she didn't quite know it.

"Even though she was only really interested in men, I think that Miranda had many other queer and, frankly, lesbianic qualities about her," Nixon told Variety. "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."

Nixon came out in 2004, just as "SATC" was closing its chapter as a series and gearing up for its movieverse. According to her, Miranda's struggles with "female power versus male power" were very much 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," said Nixon. Then "And Just Like That" series creator Michael Patrick King asked Nixon if she'd like her character to be queer in the reboot, and it was a natural fit.

"I was like, 'Sure, why not!'" Nixon recalled. "If we're trying to do different stuff, and show different worlds, and show different aspects of these characters, why not do that?"

And they did.