When watching Sex and the City, one thinks that certain storylines were totally made up, but no, says Cynthia Nixon, who played lawyer Miranda Hobbes. She insists that there was a rule that said unless something actually happened to someone in the cast, or the writers’ room, they wouldn’t include it in the show.
According to Vanity Fair, who still didn’t believe that was possible, they ran a few storylines by Nixon to see if it was really, well, real.
“Funky spunk? Real.”
“Sexy priest? Real.”
“Politician who likes to pee on people? Real, though maybe not necessarily the politician part?”
“Diaphragm that gets stuck, requiring a friend’s help? Must be real! (That one always seemed credible, though.)”
“Postage stamp erection test? Real.”
“Mario Cantone? Real.”
“Guy who only wants to have sex when his sports teams win? Real, stupidly.”
— IMDb (@IMDb) January 6, 2016
Jezebel reported that Nixon told IMDB in the “IMDB Asks” that the Sex and the City rule about real experiences could not be broken. When asked why she thinks fans are still obsessed, Cynthia Nixon thinks she knows why.
“Even though crazy and outlandish things happened in Sex and the City — fantastical things seemingly — they had a rule in the writer’s room that they couldn’t put anything in an episode that hadn’t literally happened to someone in the writers’ room or someone that they knew firsthand. It couldn’t be, like, my father’s brother’s sister’s shoe repair guy heard once — so the outlandish physical, sexual things that happened, they really happened. They’re not just tall tales.”
The storylines listed were actually a bit too racy to add here.
"The stories… they're all true” – Han Solo/Cynthia Nixon pic.twitter.com/CRYf9PEUKS
— Madison M. K. (@4evrmalone) January 8, 2016
Elle revealed that even the cast shared some of their stranger stories from real life, according to Nixon. The more outlandish something seemed, the closer to an actual story it was.
Perhaps the one that resonated with many fans out there was someone breaking up with you via post-it note.
“The reason why this was the greatest job known to mankind is that basically we spent the first weeks — and in general the whole job — just talking about our dating lives,” former Sex and the City writer Liz Tuccillo (who wrote the Jack Berger Post-it episode!) told Cosmopolitan in 2015. “We were all dating, so we would go out at night and come in the next morning and have some crazy story — or a story about someone else. In the writers’ room we heard some of the more shocking things that people could say about sex that we could imagine.”
— Indiewire (@indiewire) December 31, 2015
Realizing that the storylines, according to Cynthia Nixon, were all based in truth makes Sex and the City even more awesome. Though Nixon’s character of Miranda didn’t have the lion’s share of crazy creepy experiences (that award goes of course to Samatha, Kim Catrall’s character), she still got to comment on them when the ladies would get together for brunch and compare notes or give advice.
So the next time you binge on Sex and the City, remember there is some truth behind the story.
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