Sarita’s character, Seema, forms a close bond with Carrie (Picture: HBO Max)
While fans of the original show were excited to be reunited with some of their favourite characters (sans Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones), And Just Like That has attracted some negative reactions to various storylines, particularly over Miranda’s affair with Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez).
When asked how she feels about the criticism And Just Like That has received, Sarita admitted that she feels ‘so excited by it all’.
‘I know that sounds weird. I feel there’s something very alive going on in the conversation,’ she told the Los Angeles Times.
‘I’m shocked by some of the criticism only because it’s really hard to add four new characters and do a good job. You’re naturally going to fail somewhere.’
Sara Ramirez was also introduced as a new character in the show, Che (Picture: HBO Max)
The actor said that she was ‘impressed’ that the new characters were given ‘full lives’ in the narrative, as often ‘when you’re added to a show, it’s usually just to help progress the protagonist’.
‘But in this show, I don’t feel like I’m ever doing that,’ she added.
Elisa Zuritsky, a writer on And Just Like That, recently spoke out over anger regarding the treatment of Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), Miranda’s husband, in the show, as one fan remarked that it was made to seem as though Miranda ‘never cared for or loved Steve’.
Fans have not been happy with the breakdown of Steve and Miranda’s relationship (Picture: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO Max)
‘This isn’t Miranda Hobbes anymore. This is just Cynthia Nixon playing herself. And Steve deserves better than this,’ another viewer wrote.
In response, Elisa said: ‘Everyone on the show, every single person, loves David Eigenberg as a human being.’
Speaking to Vanity Fair, she continued: ‘We love him as an actor. We love Steve. We are really invested in the Steve-ness of him. He’s so full of life, and the Steves out there are good guys.’
The writer suggested that the criticism may stem from a ‘lopsided gender issue’, where audiences ‘feel angry at her and more protective of him’.
‘But Miranda’s journey is representing another reality out there, which a lot of people go through — the reevaluations and transitions in life,’ she stated.
‘Grown couples grow apart, and people come to epiphanies about what their spouse is or isn’t fulfilling for them. Miranda’s story was very representative of a certain path that a lot of women find themselves on.’
And Just Like That is available to watch on Sky Comedy and NOW.
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