EW Staff May 07, at Television — and standards for acceptable brunch talk — would never be the same. But she agreed to meet with Darren Star in March of at E.
Its bagels, sandwiches, and matzo ball soup are legendary. She did find the script compelling—seductive, even. She had never read anything like it. And her agent loved it. She had conditions, however, for considering the role.
She hoped Carrie would be thoughtful about language, given her profession as a writer. No problem, Star told her. She had [another] concern: They all reacted the same: But everyone she consulted insisted Sex and the City was the right path. She and Broderick would need time to have their wedding, and then she wanted to finish the final two weeks of the play before filming began.
Before then, Star would have to find his Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha. Nixon, thirty-one at the time, had her share of conventional beauty—strawberry blonde hair, translucent pale skin, gray-blue eyes. It was nice to grow out of that. In , while a freshman, she appeared in two Broadway plays at the same time, Hurlyburly and The Real Thing, a likely Broadway first. Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: She was perfect for the part except for one thing: As Carrie, Parker would be blond, or at least blondish.
Three blondes seemed like…a lot of blondes. Star thought of the lawyer who had helped to inspire the Miranda character; she had bright red hair. Nixon agreed to dye her hair red. Miranda Hobbes had arrived. But she was still looking for the right role to challenge her and grant her career some stability.
She had a sense of humor as well as a sense of propriety, and her expressive face showed even the tiniest tick of outrage. When Davis told her agents she was more interested in the secondary role, they tried to talk her out of it. But then Parker committed to the Carrie part anyway, so Davis went in to read for Charlotte.
When she returned home, the call finally came: But they might want to make Charlotte a recurring character, not a regular character.
She figured she would do everything possible to stay on the show, and at least she had gotten a shot. She would go to Manhattan to shoot the pilot of Sex and the City with three other women, and it would, she believed, change her life. Seducing Samantha When Kim Cattrall first got the pilot script from her agent asking her to read for Samantha, she passed on it.
But this series came with too many unknowns for her: Like Parker, she resisted commitment to a series. She felt self-conscious about playing a sexy role at forty-one. In short, the role had little to recommend itself to Kim Cattrall. She did not believe this was it. Star liked Thornton and thought she was brash and funny. But Cattrall also had faith Samantha could change and grow, should the series continue long enough.
Later that day she told HBO she was in.