Why isn't Samantha in the new Sex and the City?
Sex And The City's Kim Cattrall relaxes by the sea wearing a NASA baseball cap as the reboot goes ahead without her character Samantha Jones. She decided not to return to the the Sex And The City reboot, named And Just Like That, following a feud with Sarah Jessica Parker. Daily MailKim Cattrall looks relaxed in a sunny snap as Sex And The City reboot goes ahead without Samantha
She's been busy shooting the upcoming Sex And The City revival And Just Like That.
And Sarah Jessica Parker was hard at work once again when she headed back to set on location in NYC on Thursday.
Though she'd been turning heads in Carrie Bradshaw costumes earlier in the week, the actress, 56, embraced a much more casual look before that day's shoot.
And going for a natural look, Parker rocked noticeable grey roots in her hair.
Summer dress: Sarah Jessica Parker looked breezy as she headed to the set of the Sex And The City reboot And Just Like That in NYC on Thursday
SJP rocked a chic white summer dress and a cozy heather grey zip-up with ivory Mary-Jane heels.
Tuning out the city sounds, the wife of Matthew Broderick donned noise canceling headphones while shading herself with wrap around sunglasses.
It looked like she was prepared for a long day as she came equipped with a full backpack and messenger bag.
Sarah was also ready to sneak in some light reading, seen carrying the novel The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne.
Embracing her roots! Going for a natural look, Parker rocked noticeable grey roots in her hair
On the job: Cynthia Nixon donned some cool green bell bottoms while arriving
What a trio: Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman and Sarita Choudhury are joining the cast of the Sex And The City revival And Just Like That...
Yesterday SATC fans rejoiced when they learned about three exciting new cast members to the mix.
Offering a much needed dose of diversity, HBO Max announced Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman and Sarita Choudhury will join OG cast members Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
Sex And The City's original six seasons and subsequent two movies have long-sparked criticism due to the lack of diversity in its largely-white cast as well as shocking storylines, including Kim Cattrall's character Samantha - who will not be returning for the reboot - dating a black man and rowing with his sister over her race.
Leading the way in the new arrivals is Nicole, who has featured in such films as Black Dynamite and Remember The Titans as well as on shows like Time After Time, Empire and Chicago PD.
Who's who: Her character is a fabulously wealthy woman called Lisa Todd Wexley who has three children and lives on Park Avenue, Entertainment Weekly reports
Her character is a fabulously wealthy woman called Lisa Todd Wexley who has three children and lives on Park Avenue, Entertainment Weekly reports. Park Avenue was also the location of the swank apartment owned by one of the four main characters Charlotte York played by Kristin.
Charlotte acquires the apartment on the original show through her divorce from Kyle MacLachlan's sexually dysfunctional character Trey MacDougal in a bitter divorce settlement involving his mother Bunny.
Nicole was spotted on the set of the show on Tuesday, where she put on a glamorous display in a bold colourful ensemble paired with bright orange accessories while beaming and waving at passersby.
Meanwhile Karen has had recurring shows on TV programs ranging from Horace And Pete to The Americans to Yellowstone. She will be playing Columbia Law professor Dr. Nya Wallace - possibly with some connection to Cynthia's character Miranda Hobbes, who is an attorney.
Details: She will be playing Columbia Law professor Dr. Nya Wallace - possibly with some connection to Cynthia Nixon's character Miranda Hobbes who is an attorney
Sarita first rose to fame opposite Denzel Washington in the Mira Nair movie Mississippi Masala and has also worked with Spike Lee and M. Knight Shyamalan. Her character Seema Patel is a real estate broker based in Manhattan who brought herself up by her bootstraps.
The casting has been welcomed with open arms by fans, who praised the move on social media following show writer Michael Patrick King and lead lady and executive producer Sarah's vow to create greater inclusivity.
Ahead of filming beginning, in February, HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys detailed how Sarah and Michael 'didn't want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast'.
He said: 'It's not reflective of New York. So they are being very, very conscious about understanding that New York has to reflect the way New York looks today.'
In 2018, Sarah referenced the diversity issue, saying: 'You couldn't make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen. I personally think it would feel bizarre.'
Making it happen: Her character Seema Patel is a real estate broker based in Manhattan who brought herself up by her bootstraps
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While stark sartorial choices and stilettos remain commonplace, for us it's Miranda's sharp platinum bob, Charlotte's side swept voluminous waves and Carrie's grey halo that takes centre-stage. It's a clear indication that in this reimagined post-50s world, when it comes to hair, there are no rules. Despite her signature blonde mane in the original series, this time, Carrie returns to the small screen with an almost angelic and face framing wash of grey hair surrounding her hair line, perfectly placed to appear practically crown-like.
It is the nuances of hairstyles among the characters, which effectively serves as a protest against any unsaid rules governing how women should wear their hair. And it's happening both on and off screen. This year, the Cannes red carpet has been awash with the over-50s making big hair statements. Andie MacDowell, 63, was seen embracing contrasting tones of grey in her curly raven locks, while at 60, Tilda Swinton's peroxide blonde pixie needed no introduction.
New research from haircare brand Pantene reveals the truths surrounding ageism and the negative labelling of women going through perimenopause and menopause. In a study of 1,000 British women aged 45 and over, almost half of women polled (48 percent) admitted to harbouring a fear of being mocked and claimed society’s expectations has an influence on their hairstyle.
In fact, a whopping 50 percent of the 1,000 Brits aged 18 and over (who were additionally studied), admitted to negatively labelling menopausal women and judging the hairstyles of older women.
But the study reveals that the tide is turning. Three in ten (31 percent) of respondents claimed they won’t conform to stereotypes around their hair as they age, while positive research shows almost eight in ten (77 percent) agree that it is empowering to see older women dressing and looking exactly how they want.
It's a reason why Pantene has launched its new #MyHairWontBeSilenced campaign this week, in a bid to expose, highlight and challenge the negative connotations associated with women in this age bracket.
Celebrity hair stylist Louis Byrne has also noted a change. "There has definitely been a shift in attitude towards the unsaid over-50s hair rules. People want to feel unique and embrace themselves, and the idea that you can’t have grey hair or wear your natural texture applies way too much pressure and is really outdated.
"It is so important to understand your hair and how it changes as we age," he notes. "For me the condition and shine are important, and this teamed with a haircut that really works with your hair is a winning combination. When we age our hair changes in many different ways including the texture, colour, density and shine, so it's necessary to embrace the changes, adapt and make the best out of what you have."
Byrne's top tip for getting to know your hair before making a style change is to wash it and let it dry naturally once a week; letting it air dry means you’ll be able to see its natural texture. You can then get advice from your hairdresser as to what style will best suit your texture.
"For women 50 and over looking for a style update, I would recommend really getting to know your hair in this new phase of life, understand your texture and look at the colour. You may want to opt for a more natural route, you may want to go a little wild with it - whatever the case, I say go for it. Hair is a very emotive thing, embrace it."
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TV veteran Parker, who recurred on everything from Empire to Chicago P.D., will play Lisa Todd Wexley, a Park Avenue mother of three. Choudhury, best known for her breakout role opposite Denzel Washington in Mississippi Masala, will play Seema Patel, a single, self-made powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker. Finally, Pittman (The Morning Show) will appear as Dr. Nya Wallace, who's described as brilliant, yet challenging Columbia Law professor. There are no details yet as to how they factor into the lives of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis).
The trio join Sara Ramirez as newcomers to the show, further reflecting what HBO chief Casey Bloys told TV Line earlier this year about producer/star Parker and showrunner Michael Patrick King not wanting "to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast," and the creators "being very, very conscious about understanding that [the show's] New York has to reflect the way New York looks today."
While HBO Max has not yet announced a premiere date for the revival, it's currently in production in New York City.
Sex and the City: Nicole Ari Parker, Sarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman Join Cast of And Just Like That Revival
14 July, 2021 - 04:00pm
Carrie Bradshaw’s friend group just got a lot bigger: HBO Max’s Sex and the City revival And Just Like That… has added Nicole Ari Parker, Sarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman to its cast, TVLine has learned.
Parker (Empire, Soul Food) will play Lisa Todd Wexley, a Park Avenue mother of three and documentarian. Choudhury (Homeland, Blindspot) will play Seema Patel, a single, self-made powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker. Pittman (The Morning Show, Marvel’s Luke Cage) will play Dr. Nya Wallace, a brilliant, challenging Columbia Law professor. No further details on how these ladies will connect to Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte have been made public, though.
“Everyone at And Just Like That… is thrilled to have these amazing and vibrant actors join the Sex and the City family,” executive producer Michael Patrick King said in a statement. “Each of them will add their unique spark and big heart to these new characters and the stories we are about to tell.”
The revival of the 1998-2004 HBO hit, first announced back in January, will bring back Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie, Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda and Kristin Davis’ Charlotte “as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.” Conspicuously missing from the revival: Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the series and two follow-up movies.
Parker, Choudhury and Pittman join Grey’s Anatomy alum Sara Ramirez as new additions to the Sex and the City cast. Ramirez will play Che Diaz, a non-binary, queer, stand-up comedian that hosts a podcast on which Carrie is regularly featured. These additions fulfill King’s earlier pledge to add several women of color to the cast, in an effort to address the original series’ glaring lack of diversity.
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The caveat, of course, is that Cattrall, who played the sex-obsessed Samantha Jones in the series, will not be joining her former co-stars, who, in addition to Parker, who plays Carrie Bradshaw, include Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes) and Kristen Davis (Charlotte York).
Instead, the trio will front the upcoming mini-series, titled And Just Like That, on their own.
While the exact plot of the new show is not known, it was recently confirmed that protagonist Carrie Bradshaw’s two former flames, Aiden Shaw (John Corbett) and Mr Big (Chris Noth), will both be making an appearance.
Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramírez will portray the show’s first non-binary character, a witty podcaster named Che Diaz.
Despite the plot being kept under wraps, thanks to some recently released on-set photographs, we are starting to get some of the most pivotal details about the show: what will the characters be wearing?
As any SATC aficionado will know, the cult series was famed for its fashion, which was carefully curated by revered costume designer, Patricia Field.
Sadly, Field is not involved in the styling for And Just Like That, having previously told WWD that she wouldn’t have been able to make it to New York City in time for filming due to being in Paris working on Emily in Paris, the Parisian-based show created by SATC creator, Darren Star. Instead, Field has passed the baton to her protégée Molly Rogers.
But judging from the photos we’ve seen so far, Carrie Bradshaw and co will be just as sartorially savvy as ever.
In one shot of all three main actors - the only one we’ve seen so far - Carrie channels a preppy look in a a high-waisted full gingham skirt by Norma Kamali, paired with a cream silk blouse, a Monrowe hat slung over her shoulders, and some black platform Celine heels.
Meanwhile, Charlotte has gone for a polka-dot Carolina Herrera blouse by worn off the shoulder with a high-waisted black pencil skirt and a Lady Dior handbag, and Miranda has channeled a European vibe in a pair of white wide-legged Vince trousers with a checked long-sleeved lilac and white blouse.
In other photographs, we see Carrie opting for a more grown-up look than usual (she was known for her avant-garde and flamboyant choices in the TV series), choosing a pleated knee-length dress and a blush pink jacket, which looks surprisingly office-friendly given she has never once worked in an office.
Another image of Parker in the role of Carrie shows her channeling a more typically eccentric look. On Tuesday, the American actor was pictured wearing a vintage Claude Montana linen jumpsuit with a zany floral jacket, and a feather hat.
In a classic Carrie twist, she was also spotted carrying not one, but two handbags.
Both bags were worn across Parker’s body, with one made from a silver chain mail material, while the other added a pop of colour to the look given its bright teal shade.
Another photo of Nixon shows her channeling another strangely Mediterranean-inspired look, comprising a multi-coloured striped dress by Dries Van Noten cinched in with a red belt and some teal canvas wedges.
Meanwhile, the second photo of Davis sees her wearing a classically feminine Charlotte York aesthetic in a blue pleated polka dot skirt by Balenciaga and a white puff-shoulder top by Stella McCartney. The look is completed with some excellent co-ordination by way of a mustard belt and matching stilettos by Manolo Blahnik. She was also using a Burberry leash to walk her English bulldog.
That might be all we’ve seen so from from the wardrobe department of And Just Like That so far, but consider our interests piqued for what’s still to come...