Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, And Cynthia Nixon Respond To Kim Cattrall’s Cameo Appearance On “And Just Like That..”
Kim Cattrall returning to the Sex and the City universe by finally reprising her role of Samantha Jones in the revival, And Just Like That…, is the only reason to watch season two I can think of. But that doesn’t mean that these tricks won’t pretend that this was a “leak” while they mitigate our expectations now that they’ve realized giving us Samantha-blue balls will probably just turn us off after we get a taste of her and are forced to move on. So Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon have all talked about how this is just a brief little thing, it’s just a taste, don’t be disappointed, blah, blah, blah. No, I will be disappointed, I’m already let down, and no one can tell me otherwise!
It was revealed at the beginning of the month that Samantha will end up on the second season of AJLT… after initially declining to ever be associated with SATC and SJP in any way, shape, or form. The other actresses have spoken up about Samantha’s return and how her cameo is really for the fans and is not a huge moment in the series. Translation: “Please, please, please, please, pretty please, don’t be mad when the best part of the show lasts for less than five minutes of screen time.” via Entertainment Weekly:
“Samantha is present in season 1 and more so in season 2 via text. It was just a nice nod to the 25 years [of Sex and the City] to add the face to the text,” Parker says. “And it’s a really opportune moment in the story, [a] consequential event happening in Carrie’s life, that Samantha rings and they have this quick, lovely, sentimental, funny call. And it just feels normal and really nice, and I’m glad that we could manage it and work it out and get it sorted time-wise and schedule-wise.”
“We had a conversation about it and we decided that it was right for the fans,” says Kristin Davis… “The fans miss Samantha. The fans love Samantha. Samantha’s a fantastic character. We get it…. It seemed like something that would be great to do… It also seemed like we had to honor the story… Sometimes people aren’t in your life every day, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not connected… I can’t give anything else away about the story, ’cause we’re trying to keep what secrets are left secret, but it makes sense for the circumstance that it’s in…”
“It’s such a bummer that the cat got outta the bag and that it was leaked, ’cause we went to so many lengths to try to hide it,” Nixon tells EW. “The thing that we were also really excited about was to have nobody be expecting Samantha and then have her pop in… I just hope it’s not just a tremendous anti-climax, to be frank,” Nixon says.
“Now that [fans] know about it, it seems like this very large thing, but it’s not really a very large thing,” Davis echoes. “So I’m hoping that people are happy.”
“We’ve been really thoughtful about the ways in which we’ve, you know, approached characters that hadn’t been around, the ways we have invited actors back and it’s been, you know, really fun and exciting and certainly nostalgic, but I think more than that, it’s been a lot of joy.”
And Kristin said:
“We just thought that, you know, it would be fun for the fans to have a little bit of Samantha because we know that they miss her and she’s a great character… I don’t know that we’re even trying for closure at this point, or resolution. I think we just thought you know, here is, you know, our character who’s been gone. And we know people miss her and Carrie misses her… And wouldn’t this be great to have a little bit of her, you know, that’s what we wanted. And then I think maybe hopes have been lifted, possibly higher than that. And that was not our intention. So I hope people aren’t disappointed.”
Kim Cattrall needs to realize the power she holds here. She needs to get her own spin-off–look at how excited we are by her and how her star power is now forcing the other three to tone her appearance down! She could be the lead on Samantha and the City, all about Samantha secretly living in New York City while avoiding Carrie at all costs. We would all watch that!