Wait, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis Were Asked to Audition for Carrie on 'SATC'?

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Anyone who has seen Sex and the City would agree that Sarah Jessica Parker was born to play the undisputed style icon and pun enthusiast, Carrie Bradshaw. But believe it or not, Parker wasn't the only cast member in the running for the role.

On an episode of the And Just Like That… The Writers Room podcast, showrunner Michael Patrick King sat down with Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis to discuss behind-the-scenes details like the most memorable scenes, deleted storylines and the biggest casting secrets. The most shocking revelation? That both Nixon and Davis were seriously considered for the role of Carrie.

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As it turns out, Nixon was called to audition for the lead role, but she didn't quite nail the part. She said in the episode, "They brought me in to audition for Carrie. I auditioned and they were like, ‘Yeah, not so much.’"

She added, "But, in the first two seasons, there were all these people who’d speak to the camera. I’m not usually this proactive but, at the time, it seemed like there weren’t four women—there were like seven. And I was like, ‘This is a show that shoots in New York—this never happens! There’s got to be one of those women I could play. Couldn’t they see me for somebody else?’"

Fortunately, the team allowed her to read for Miranda, which, surprisingly, took them a while to cast. Nixon said, They came back and they said, ‘Yeah, read for Miranda.’ They auditioned me a lot of times—I don’t know how many times—and then… nothing. After months of badgering them, my manager cried on the phone. She was like, ‘You guys are crazy. This is the person you want for the part.’ Then, they said yes.”

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As for Davis, she was asked to audition because she already knew Sex and the City creator Darren Star from her time on Melrose Place.

Davis said, “He sent me the script [for Sex and the City], the talk of the town at the time, and called me and said: ‘We really want Sarah Jessica but she may not do it so will you read for Carrie?’”

She continued, “In the original script, Carrie was much more like Candace [Bushnell, the author of Sex and the City]. She smoked and she swore. And I remember one line in the script: It said ‘Carrie has the body of Heather Locklear and the mind of Dorothy Parker.’ I was like, ‘That is adorable but I can’t play that part! What’re you thinking?’ I was like, ‘I can’t play Carrie. I can’t even read for Carrie. I am this other girl, who’s underwritten but I understand her.’ He was like, ‘Oh, okay.’”

We'll admit, it's virtually impossible to imagine a world where Parker isn't the one obsessing over shoes or randomly dishing out inspirational quotes. And lucky for us, we'll get to see even more of it in season two of the show's reboot, And Just Like That—premiering June 22 on Max.

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