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Cynthia Nixon: ‘I never worshipped Nancy Reagan and that helped me play her’

Sex & the City star Cynthia Nixon found it easy portraying Nancy Reagan in new TV movie Killing Reagan – because she wasn’t a big fan of the woman or her husband.
The actress surprised many when she signed on to play the late First Lady in director Jon Lurie’s retelling of the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, because she’s such a staunch Democrat – and the Reagans were Republicans.
But Nixon insists the fact that she didn’t worship Nancy from afar helped her get into the role.
“In some ways maybe it’s harder to play someone you actually worship because you feel the distance between you and them is so great,” she tells Entertainment Tonight.
“There’s liking someone and then there’s disapproving of them. Let’s say you’re playing a character that you disapprove of – one of the dangers is that you condescend to that character and you do a more caricature-y version of them because you don’t respect them.”
And Cynthia admits she quickly found something to like about Nancy, despite not understanding or agreeing with her politics: “There was no question in my mind that Nancy Reagan worked very hard in her life and tried to be the absolute best person by her standards that she could be,” Nixon adds. “There were all these tragic, painful things that happened early in her life that set her on a particular path.”
It’s not the first time the actress has portrayed a First Lady – she played Eleanor Roosevelt in the 2005 TV movie Warm Springs.
Killing Reagan, the adaptation of Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency, will air in America later this month (Oct16). Tim Matheson portrays Ronald Reagan in the TV movie.

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