Cynthia Nixon has Sandra Bernhard to thank in part for her role as Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City. Turns out the comedienne had first dibs on the part!
Sandra Bernhard explained how Cynthia Nixon was able to land the coveted spot during a recent interview with Howard Stern.
“First of all, you have to understand, when I was offered that role they were paying everybody $7,500 a week,” said the 56-year-old. “The original script was terrible. Never in a million years. It had nothing to do with selling out; it just wasn’t any good.”
Sandra Bernhard elaborated on her reasoning for turning down the Sex and the City offer with a blow at lead actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw — best friend of Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda Hobbes.
“I would have had to play third or fourth fiddle to Sarah Jessica Parker and put up with her s***? It would have been hideous to work with her,” she said. “Ask any of those ladies on that show. Nobody gets along I don’t think… But that’s not why I didn’t take it; it was the script and the money…”
“Had it been a good script, had I thought it had legs, I would have done it,” concluded Sandra Bernhard, who failed to mention if she regrets passing on the offer in hindsight. “I was making a lot more on Roseanne and all I had to do was drop in a few times.”