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The HBO series Sex and the City ended in 2004, but it never really went away: first there was the hit 2008 movie, then the (critically panned) 2010 sequel, and soon, a young-adult series about Carrie Bradshaw promises to keep the characters forever young. There's also a real possibility that a third Sex and the City film will materialize. But let's face it: at some point, the four actresses best known for SATC will have to move on to other things. Of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon, who has the best chance of coming out from under the Sex-y shadow of her famous character?
Our bet is on Cynthia Nixon. Prior to her role as type-A lawyer Miranda, Nixon was best known for her stage work. She achieved recognition very young, making her Broadway debut at age 12 and appearing in two hit Broadway shows simultaneously (she ran between theaters during performances!) when she was a college freshman. Like many theater actors, Nixon was often relegated to small character roles in movies and TV shows (although she scored one juicy role as a teenager, starring opposite Matthew Broderick in Manhattan Project). After Sex and the City made the actress a household name, she continued to gravitate toward character parts, although she was now offered better ones: her performance in Broadway's Rabbit Hole earned her a Tony, her guest spot on Law & Order: SVU scored her an Emmy, and her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in the TV movie Warm Springs received wide acclaim (and another Emmy nomination).
With all of her projects, Nixon has shown remarkable range; she's very good at making a character distinct, memorable and believable in just a few minutes of stage or screen time. Now we learn that she's accepted a recurring guest spot on Showtime's buzzy mid-August series The Big C, starring Laura Linney as a woman diagnosed with cancer. This could be the start of a great new TV career for Nixon, who will be joining the network that gave Edie Falco Nurse Jackie, Mary Louise Parker Weeds and Toni Collette The United States of Tara. Given the right vehicle, we think Nixon could easily shake Miranda loose and leave her behind.
As for the other SATC ladies: Sarah Jessica Parker has the most impressive before-and-after resume, but she's so well-known as Carrie Bradshaw that it may take a while for her to find a new niche. Kristin Davis seems to have a more limited range, but could do well on another series (maybe a sitcom?). As for Kim Cattrall, who had a thriving film career in the '80s and early '90s: we wonder if she'll pretty much be pegged as oversexed cougar Samantha forever. But she seems to be making the best of it -- her performance as an over-the-hill stripper in the upcoming indie comedy Meet Monica Velour is already winning critical raves.
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