Miranda has always been queer, Cynthia Nixon said of her iconic Sex and the City character.
In an interview published Wednesday, Nixon told Variety that And Just Like That showrunner Michael Patrick King approached her about embracing Miranda's queerness in the Sex and the City revival. In the first season, Miranda begins an affair with non-binary comic Che Diaz, played by Sara Ramírez.
"I was like, 'Sure, why not!'" said Nixon, who came out in 2004. "If we're trying to do different stuff, and show different worlds, and show different aspects of these characters, why not do that?"
"Miranda was an anarchy character," King told Variety. "She was like, 'Why do I have to wear a dress and go out and pretend guys are smarter than they are?'"
When asked if Miranda has always been queer, Nixon said, "Yes! Even though she was only really interested in men, I think that Miranda had many other queer and frankly, lesbianic qualities about her. 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."
"Miranda has always grappled with power, and female power versus male power, and women getting the short end of the stick — and that's a big issue for women who are queer," added Nixon. "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."
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