Saturday 16 December 2017

Sex and The City's Cynthia Nixon never dated or kissed a woman before meeting her wife

Actress Cynthia Nixon attends The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
Actress Cynthia Nixon attends The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
Cynthia Nixon attends the "Divorce" New York Premiere at SVA Theater on October 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Actress Cynthia Nixon, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Sex and the City", poses with her Emmy backstage during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
(L-R) Actresses Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis arrive at the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation to promote their new film, "Sex and the City 2" at the Paris Las Vegas during ShoWest, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, March 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Cynthia Nixon and her ex-husband Danny Mozes (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Actor Cynthia Nixon (L) and wife Christine Mariononi attend HBO's Post Primetime Emmy Awards Reception at the Pacific Design Center on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Cynthia Nixon (L) and wife Christine Marinoni attend the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner reception pre-party at Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)
Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon attend the "Divorce" New York Premiere at SVA Theater on October 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
(L to R) Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall of Sex and the City in 2010

Francesca Gosling

Sex And The City star Cynthia Nixon has told how she had never dated or kissed a woman before meeting her wife Christine Marinoni.

Nixon was previously in a long-term relationship with her male high school sweetheart Danny Mozes, with whom she had two children.

"I had never dated a woman before or even kissed a woman or anything," she told the Radio Times.

"So when we started seeing each other, Christine kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, for me to panic about what this would mean - to my career or to myself - as if somehow I just hadn't noticed that she was a woman.

Cynthia Nixon (L) and wife Christine Marinoni attend the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner reception pre-party at Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)
Cynthia Nixon (L) and wife Christine Marinoni attend the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner reception pre-party at Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)

"And then she met my mother and that was when she stopped worrying about it."

But while the 50-year-old said she had never planned to get married, she was the first to feel comfortable being a "wife".

"She (Christine) protested a lot at the beginning and wanted a more gender-neutral term, like "my spouse".

"I said, 'You think I'm doing that, you're crazy!'"

Cynthia Nixon and her ex-husband Danny Mozes (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Cynthia Nixon and her ex-husband Danny Mozes (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

"Marriage was never a goal of mine ... But it seemed like Christine and I did fight really hard for it and we had a lovely wedding ... Why wouldn't I have done it?"

Nixon plays poet Emily Dickinson in next month's movie A Quiet Passion, but she is still best known for playing career-driven redhead Miranda Hobbes in the hit HBO series.

But while she shared the limelight with co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis for six series and two film specials, she criticised the show for the pressure it put on women.

"I wish that women would understand - or understand more - that it's a fictional TV show," she said.

(L to R) Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall of Sex and the City in 2010
(L to R) Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall of Sex and the City in 2010

"No one should be expected to walk around looking like that in life - other than on the red carpet."

Parker, she added, who played fashion-obsessed columnist Carrie Bradshaw in the show, is even blamed by her husband Matthew Broderick when they walk past highly dressed up women in the street.

Actress Cynthia Nixon, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for
Actress Cynthia Nixon, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Sex and the City", poses with her Emmy backstage during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

But if you are going to dress up, she advised, always go for quality and especially when it comes to shoes.

"High heels are high heels - if you buy expensive ones they're okay and if you buy cheap ones, you won't last an hour in them."

:: Read the full interview in the Radio Times, out now.

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