‘Sex and the City’ revival centering older women is revolutionary, writer says – Insider


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  • A "Sex and the City" reboot writer said it's "revolutionary" to have a show about middle-aged women.
  • Samantha Irby spoke to Vogue as part of its December cover story on Sarah Jessica Parker.
  • Cynthia Nixon also told Vogue they won't "youthify" the cast of "And Just Like That."

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Comedian Samantha Irby, who's a writer on the upcoming "Sex and the City" revival, called its focus on older female characters "revolutionary."

"It's revolutionary to do a show about middle-aged women, with their aging lady bodies," Irby said as part of Vogue's December cover story on Sarah Jessica Parker published on Sunday.

In the story, Irby, Parker, and fellow star Cynthia Nixon, amongst others, opened up to the publication about how "Sex and the City" has changed since the show first aired on HBO from 1998 to 2004 — and how the sequel series will address those changes. 

Producer Michael Patrick King, who also spoke to Vogue for the story, said that while the response to "And Just Like That..." has been mostly positive, some "bitchy" social-media users shared photos of the cast of "Golden Girls" in response to the new show.

"I was like, 'Wow, so it's either you're 35, or you're retired and living in Florida. There's a missing chapter here,' " King said.

Parker agreed with King, categorizing some of the response to the new show as "misogynist chatter" that wouldn't surround male actors.

"Everyone has something to say. 'She has too many wrinkles, she doesn't have enough wrinkles,'" Parker told Vogue. 

She continued that she feels as though people don't want women above a certain age "to be perfectly okay with where we are as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today," whether women are aging naturally or have opted for cosmetic procedures "that make you feel better."

Parker added: "I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?"

kristin davis sarah jessica parker and cynthia nixon on the set of and just like that

Kristin Davis, Parker, and Nixon.

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The original "Sex and the City" was structured around the lives of 30-something women in New York City. Carrie (Parker) and Miranda (Nixon), along with Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), navigated the dating scene and their careers while wearing designer clothes.

Most of the women from the original series, who are now in their 50s, are back in "And Just Like That..." (except Cattrall as Samantha). But that doesn't mean they're going to "youthify the show," Nixon told Vogue — and she's glad about that.

"We're not including, like, a 21-year-old niece," Nixon said. 

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