Cynthia Nixon and Bowen Yang Talk ‘And Anyway’ Hate, ‘SNL’

Cynthia Nixon reprized her role as attorney Miranda Hobbes in HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” sequel “And Just Like That…”, this time adding a new wrinkle to her character as a queer woman exploring romance with stand-up comics. up Che Diaz (played by Sara Ramírez). Her 2022 Her also included a turn in HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Meanwhile, Bowen Yang brought her frank and fresh perspective to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where she completed her third season as a cast member.

THE BONUS: I wonder what it must have been like to go back to playing Miranda as an actress who has probably experienced closure too many times.

CYNTHIA NIXON: After the second movie, I was like, there’s not going to be anything else. Were realized.

WHAT: I believed in you.

NIXON: I believed in myself too. Miranda’s only downside is when you are so identified with a character, other types of roles can elude you until you distance yourself from it.

WHAT: Do you feel like you have that distance?

NIXON: I got to play Emily Dickinson. I have to do all these things. The characters were always allowed to evolve, so it was fun to come back with everything that happened to the actors and characters in the meantime.

WHAT: I heard you say you didn’t want to put a new wallpaper. You wanted to build a new house.

NIXON: It was me. This will provoke a strong response. But it’s transformative. Things change.

WHAT: Being able to direct an episode of “And Just Like That…” was probably a very interesting experience.

NIXON: I had already directed some plays, but directing in film is something else. I wasn’t prepared for everyone’s support. I assumed they would be willing and willing, but it was almost like they were all my parents.

WHAT: Wow. Because that’s not a guarantee, especially in an episode where there’s a lot going on. It was the one where Carrie moves in, and then Miranda realizes she’s obsessed with Che. You were having to manage a lot of movement in the story.

NIXON: And for all the angst that goes on at the beginning of this series, it’s time to break through and start over.

WHAT: And for all the speech around it, I hope everyone realizes that the speech is a compliment. Discourse is something that we no longer understand.

NIXON: When people said negative things, [executive producer, writer and director] Michael Patrick King would say: “It’s fantastic. We are having a colder time.”

WHAT: Do you mind talking about that scene in the kitchen with Che? It’s so magnificent what you did.

NIXON: [Episode writer] Samantha Irby was telling us all about that scene before we even read it. Having a queer woman in the writers’ room writing this gay sex scene, my wife said, “I know it’s going to be hot and I know it’s going to be real.” We had an intimacy coordinator and we tried to do it in different ways. Miranda, in the next episode, continues to have fantasies. And so we were going to shoot at the same time, but make it look different, because things look different when we remember them than when they’re actually happening.

WHAT: It’s a penetrating thing. What I find remarkable is that you had to sell that moment in the kitchen as life changing. You have to believe that she’s going to rearrange everything about your life.

NIXON: And you have to feel both the sexual shock and the emotional breakdown that happens later, not only that this thing that happens is devastating, but also that it’s been in winter for so long. It’s both. May I ask about playing live and is it excruciating? I’m on stage, but I rehearsed for a month and had my script for a lot longer.

WHAT: Unlike theater, you are reading a cue card. You’re throwing for the rafters while also trying to throw for the camera. A movie set doesn’t work like that. You must memorize your lines. The beautiful thing about working on “SNL” is that you know on Saturday whether something you thought about on Tuesday worked out or not. You should finish a movie and wait two years.

NIXON: And see what’s left of what you’ve done. Is there a range of how nervous people are?

WHAT: I think there’s this baseline of nerves – it’s Saturday and there’s loud saxophone music playing that gets you in the zone. But this is a very 2020 way of working on “SNL”: now everyone meditates. Everyone finds ways to align their chakras. But I still get that adrenaline rush every time I go on stage.

Variety“Actors on Actors” from “Actors on Actors” is presented by Apple TV+.

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