“He has many failures of the feminist movement. He’s like white women with money fighting for empowerment,” said Nixon.
In his first round of interviews since he was nominated for the governor of New York last year, Cynthia Nixon has not been afraid of becoming a politician. Although she shot her new film before the campaign, the drama about human trafficking “Stray Dolls” is Nixon’s first acting project that has come out since she was defeated in primary by incumbent Andrew Cuomo. In an in-person interview before the Tribeca Film Festival premiere, Nixon was relieved to be able to speak freely.
“It’s nice to be questioned about things that are just my opinion, you can’t go wrong,” he said.
Leaning on that freedom, Nixon did not hold back when asked how she thought “Sex and the City”, the revolutionary HBO comedy that made her a household name, could be different if it were made today.
“Well, I certainly think we wouldn’t have all been white, God forbid,” he said. “One of the most difficult things for me – even at that time was – is to look back and see how focused it was on money, right? And how, Steve, mine [character’s] husband, he was like the closest to a boy in the working class, you know? It doesn’t matter a woman of the working class, does it? “
He will find no such excuse with “Stray Dolls”, in which Nixon plays an evil hotel manager who exploits his vulnerable clientele. It is the first feature film by Indian American director Sonejuhi Sinha, developed from a short film premiered in Cannes. Nixon sports a Polish killer accent in a counter-type role, and is the perfect film for the young protagonist of the film, a recent immigrant from India played by the imposing Geetanjali Thapa. It’s a fantastic part for a young black woman and Thapa is excellent in the role.
Looking back on “Sex and the City”, Nixon wished there were more nuances in the casting.
“Besides, I think we wouldn’t all look like this,” he said. “In similar terms, the factor of perfection. In terms of the always so incredible appearance. And I know it’s the fantasy element, and in terms of the show it was important. But I think there are many ways people can be visually irresistible without looking – quote a quote – perfect.
He sees that the failures of the show are commensurate with the failures of the traditional feminist movement, which activists and black women have criticized for prioritizing the needs of white and wealthy women over low-income women and black women.
“There have been many debates when [‘Sex and the City’] it turned out whether it was a feminist show or not, which I always thought was stupid – obviously it’s a feminist show. But I think there are many flaws in the feminist movement. In this she is like white women and with money struggling for their empowerment. In a little bubble. “