And Just Like That… may be over — for now — but the discourse remains. From John Corbett being caught lying about his potential involvement in the Sex and the City revival to the defense of Che Diaz, fans and critics have not been able to stop debating the show. The newest controversial plot point at the heart of the discussion: Miranda. It’s gotten so heated, star Cynthia Nixon herself has had to step in and defend Miranda’s actions.
Ever since — spoiler alert — Miranda left Steve to be with self-declared narcissist Che Diaz in the And Just Like That… finale, fans have been debating whether or not the decision was really something Miranda would do. After all, Miranda has always been a more level-headed member of the group, especially when it comes to love. At least, that’s what we thought. Nixon, however, has a very different view. “I think Miranda is brave, and I think Miranda is charging forward. She doesn’t know where she’s going exactly, but she knows she has to go somewhere,” Nixon told Vogue about Miranda’s seemingly impulsive decision. “Miranda’s very smart, and she’s very tenacious, but the idea that she’s level-headed — she’s never been levelheaded!”
Nixon continued, insisting that Miranda has never been as tactful as fans might think she is. “She’s a loose cannon, a very opinionated loose cannon. She’s always been a bull in a china shop and losing her temper and blowing things up then having to backtrack when she calms down.” She added that she wasn’t interested in going back to the world of Sex and the City if Miranda wasn’t going to be flawed and evolving, noting that Miranda’s messiness was in line with the show’s feminism. “A feminist show shouldn’t be agitprop, it shouldn’t be propoganda showing women as these sensible, wise, kind, attractive people,” she said.
That said, the actor also understands why fans are so upset on Steve’s behalf. “That’s the thing about breakups. Often times there’s one person that is making the breakup happen and the other person who is reluctant,” she said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Life in January. “But I have to say, that person, who’s reluctant, is pretty miserable too, and they’re just not admitting it.”
As for what she does regret about And Just Like That…, it’s simple: the messaging. Instead of promising more Sex and the City, Nixon told Vogue she wishes she could have told audiences, “If you’re looking for Sex and the City, you should watch the reruns.” Noted.