And just like that … caused a sensation with its premiere on December 9th. Not only did it start with Mr. Big’s shocking death (still not getting over it), it also introduced us to two of our new favorite characters: Dr. Nya Wallace and Che Diaz.

Dr. Wallace, played by Karen Pittman, is a professor at Columbia Law School. She teaches Miranda’s (Cynthia Nixon) law class, and although their relationship starts off rocky, they eventually become friends. When we asked Pittman how she initially felt about joining the popular franchise, she admitted to POPSUGAR that “there was a nerve”. She added, “There is always a nerve when you go to work and walk out the door and there are crowds of people with their cameras … I still didn’t know what Nya Wallace would be like to work with and with writers and producers to vibrate [is] You just discover that in the process as you shoot the episode. “

However, when Pittman began filming, all of that nervousness disappeared. “You start to focus on the work that I feel like I’m doing great. I love to work hard. I love the challenge of reading a script, pulling out a character, and walking around – and the city of New York is so impressive, “said Pittman.” I’ve had great actors to work with, including Cynthia Nixon and LeRoy McClain. We had a great time helping each other and were hoping to create an interesting story for the people who are getting back into the game but also for the new people who are going to do it. “Meeting it. It was really a big one Thrill.”

Sara Ramírez was the first known addition to the cast on the sequel. Ramírez plays Che, a non-binary, queer comedian who hosts a podcast that often features Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker). Like Pittman, Ramirez was “both excited and nervous” about joining the franchise. “I’ve been a Sarah Jessica Parker fan for a while. I’ve always had a crush on her. I’ve been watching her ever since Square pegs“Announced Ramírez. “So when I met her on the first day of our first table reading, I really shared all of this with her. And I said, ‘I’m so sorry. If I make you feel uncomfortable, I stop right away. ‘ And she said, ‘No, you’re fine. You are OK.’ So we laughed well. She is so graceful and just an exquisite person. “

During the table reading, Parker asked Ramírez about their pronouns, which made them feel seen and supported from the start. “These people made it clear from the start that they were going to be deliberate, that they were going to value my life in the room,” explained Ramírez. “I just feel like it’s a combination of cast and support [director] Michael Patrick King and the authors’ room. And then we had a lot of queer and transgender people in front of us [and] also behind the camera. It’s important to feel like you’re not the only one. And in that sense, that felt really affirmative. And while we cannot create a safe space for everyone because someone inevitably feels left out, we can certainly strive to create safer spaces. And I felt like there was a lot of care and intent going into doing this for a lot of different people. “

And just like that … airs new episodes on HBO Max on Thursdays.

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