Premium- Sex and the City -Sara Ramirez Joins The 'Sex And The City' Revival As The Show's First Non-Binary Character
Callie Torres hive, now is our time! Sara Ramirez has been cast in the Sex And The City revival, And Just Like That. They'll be playing a brand new character, introduced in part to help fill the gap left by the loss of Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall). And, while there's no replacing Cattrall, there's really nobody else I'd rather see take over that coveted fourth seat at the bar. (And I'm not just saying that because someone once told me that Ramirez was my celebrity doppelgänger.)
Ramirez, whose preferred pronouns are she/them, will play Che Diaz (they/them), described by HBO as a "non-binary, queer, stand-up comedian." Che is a podcast host that likes to invite Carrie Bradshaw on as a regular guest. Per the character description, "Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular."
Based on the description, it sounds like Che will be taking over some of Samantha's role in the original series. After all, Samantha was always the most sexually progressive (not to mention active) of the group. And as a stand-up comedian, they won't be afraid to grab the spotlight, something Samantha was definitely known to do.
But, more importantly, Ramirez's casting and character marks a long-overdue step forward for the franchise in terms of diversity. When Sex And The City premiered in 1998, it was groundbreaking. But, looking back 20 years later, the flaws are glaring. The show has often been criticized for focusing on four heterosexual white women — something the 2008 Sex And The City movie attempted to change by introducing Jennifer Hudson's Louise. But it's fallen short of course-correcting. Louise didn't have anything particularly interesting to do in the film other than be Carrie's personal assistant. And the sequel, Sex And The City 2, involved a xenophobic and racially insensitive (to say the least) girls' trip to Abu Dhabi.