Cynthia Nixon: ‘Sex and the City’s characters should have been more diverse’

Sex And The City should have featured more diverse and low-income characters, according to the groundbreaking show’s star Cynthia Nixon.
The actress portrayed lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the hit series, which revolved around the lives of four best friends, played by Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall, in New York City, and she insists the show would be very different if it premiered today, two decades after it debuted on TV.
“I certainly think we would not have all been white, God forbid,” she told Indie Wire. “One of the hardest things for me – it was at the time, too – is looking back and seeing how much of it centred around money… and how, Steve, my (character’s) husband, was, like, the closest we got to a working class guy, you know? Never mind a working class woman, right?”
Nixon also believes the look of the show would be far more realistic if it debuted in 2019.
“I think we wouldn’t all look like that,” she added. “In terms of, like, the perfection factor. In terms of always looking so incredible. And I know that’s the fantasy element, and in terms of the show that was important. But I think there’s a lot of ways that people can be visually compelling without looking… perfect.”
The star also admits that while she considers the raunchy hit a feminist project, it had limitations.
“There was so much debate when it (Sex and the City) came out, about whether it was a feminist show or not, which I always thought was stupid – of course it’s a feminist show,” she said. “But I think it has a lot of the failings of the feminist movement in it, in that it’s like white, moneyed ladies who are fighting for their empowerment – in a bit of a bubble.”