Pleasure has been constructing for HBO Max’s Intercourse and the Metropolis revival, And Simply Like That…, for months, and we lastly bought our first have a look at the follow-up sequence with its premiere on December 9. The gang’s all right here—properly, principally, as Kim Cattrall’s Samantha is notably lacking. Solely this time, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) have transitioned into their 50s and are dealing with an entire new set of life and relationship challenges. There’s a familiarity to the present that followers of the unique will little doubt recognize, like Carrie’s voice-over narration (this time by way of a podcast as a substitute of her newspaper column) and sufficient jaw-dropping trend moments to fill a museum, however there’s additionally a component of freshness by way of some impeccably dressed newcomers. 

On the time of my interview with Sarita Choudhury, not a lot was recognized about her character Seema Patel or the sequence for that matter. All I needed to go on was the smattering of paparazzi photographs shared on social media and the not too long ago launched teaser. HBO Max has been protecting particulars tightly underneath wraps, so Choudhury herself should be discreet in what she reveals. “I can let you know she’s very totally different from me,” the actress says, pausing to consider carefully about easy methods to elaborate additional. “She’s a really savvy businesswoman however has a really—I hope—fast humorousness, if I pulled that off.” Seema is a powerhouse. There's a cool confidence about her, each in the best way she carries herself and in how she attire.

A self-proclaimed jeans-and-T-shirt gal, Choudhury admits she was shocked when she first acquired the decision for the present. “Actually? Do they know who I'm?” she laughs, replaying the dialog. She had not too long ago returned to New York after spending the final yr overseas in lockdown and was wrapping one other venture when the script got here her method. The glamorous world of Intercourse and the Metropolis was removed from her actual life, which made her query whether or not she may even pull it off. However a dialog with Michael Patrick King, the showrunner, was all she wanted. “He's so shiny and charismatic that the one ideas I used to be having had been, ‘Oh my God, this man has been concerned with this for thus lengthy. He has created so many of those characters together with Darren Star, who initiated it,’ and I noticed the brilliance behind it, and I used to be very excited,” she says. 

Like many, Choudhury is a fan of the unique sequence, having devoured it multi functional summer time years in the past. Once I ask which character she resonates with most, she struggles to land on one particular person. She says she’s been somewhat bit of every of them at one level or one other. She has positively been a Carrie when going via a troublesome breakup but in addition views herself as an mental, so there may be some Miranda there, too. And when she aspires to be actually free, properly, she is certainly a Samantha. 

The truth that audiences may actually relate to those characters and the very actual situations they discovered themselves in is the brilliance of Intercourse and the Metropolis, and it’s one thing Choudhury was relieved to see carried via in And Simply Like That…

“While you flip 50, you're feeling like no matter you're forged in it’s not written for you. You are attempting to place your self in it. Whereas, this was written for our age. I can’t let you know how relieving that's. We didn’t have to cover the very fact we turned 50. There was such pleasure in that. And in addition to be in scenes with ladies your age, it was a lot enjoyable. I liked it,” Choudhury says. “And also you’ll see we speak about it on a regular basis, the age and our emotions and our insecurities, but in addition feeling oddly robust at this age and the way we're perceived versus how we really feel. It’s very sincere, and I’m glad they went that route as a result of I assume it’s the one route to actually go, however they had been actually courageous in doing that. There's quite a lot of courageous stuff on this season.”

Moving into the sneakers of Seema Patel, a self-made Manhattan actual property dealer, felt like a courageous second for Choudhury. When you may argue she’s performed all of it throughout her 30-year appearing profession—every part from drama to comedy to motion and leaping from artsy unbiased movies to main movie and TV franchises—she has by no means performed a venture of this model and tempo earlier than, not to mention performed a personality fairly like Seema. “I’ve at all times had a concern of enjoying energy and magnificence as a result of you'll be able to’t mess up,” she says. As a way to good Seema’s nonchalant perspective, Choudhury studied actresses from movies within the ’40s and ’50s and the best way through which they might put on garments with a sure je ne sais quoi and sit casually with a cigarette in hand. She additionally began carrying heels round her home. Glam and wardrobe performed a giant half, too.  

Engaged on a venture the place the wardrobe is a personality in itself made fittings with the costume staff extra pleasurable for Choudhury. “In entrance of you, you’ve bought Valentino and Chanel and classic Yves Saint Laurent, and all of it makes you look good,” she says. Very similar to her on-screen counterparts, Seema doesn’t maintain again in the case of her sartorial decisions. Highlights embrace a velvet swimsuit with an animal-print sample, a sharply angled bright-blue costume, and a pair of dark-pink trousers that match completely. From head to toe, Seema is luxurious. “My style began to actually open up with this character,” Choudhury laughed.  

Having simply wrapped episode 10, Choudhury can already really feel that she goes to overlook the character. What was a frightening activity on day one is now pleasurable, and Choudhury is absolutely leaning into the variations between herself and Seema. 

In anticipation of the present’s premiere, I ask what she is most trying ahead to having audiences see with this revival.Regardless that it’s ladies now of their 50s, I hope it being 2021 and what we’re doing with the present will make everybody really feel like they've a chunk in a roundabout way. And I simply hope they love us as a result of it’s a present about friendship, and it helps you not really feel lonely.”

And similar to that… We've got our new TV obsession. 

And Simply Like That… is now streaming on HBO Max.  

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