Kim Cattrall Returning to And Just Like That Amid Years of Feud Rumors
Samantha Jones appears to have returned in a flash.
A representative for Max (formerly known as HBO Max) confirmed to the New York Post on May 31 that Kim Cattrall, who did not reprise her role on Sex and the City for the first season of its revival And Just Like That…, will make an appearance on the upcoming second season of the show.The 66-year-old filmed her cameo on March 22 without interacting with the cast or showrunner Michael Patrick King, according to Variety, citing sources. She reportedly will only appear in one scene.
News of Cattrall’s return comes less than a month before AJLT’s season two premiere. The show stars SATC’s three other original actresses—Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis—and serves as a continuation of the events from the beloved HBO show and its two spin-off flicks.
For years, Cattrall has expressed her indifference in returning to the franchise. “It’s a great wisdom to know when enough is enough,” she told Variety in May 2022. “I also didn’t want to compromise what the show was to me. The way forward seemed clear.”At the time, Cattrall said she was “never asked to be part of the reboot,” though she noted that she had already made it pretty clear that she had no intention to return after 2010’s Sex and the City 2 movie.
“Can you imagine going back to a job you did 25 years ago?” she continued. “Everything has to grow, or it dies. I felt that when the series ended, I thought that’s smart. We’re not repeating ourselves. And then the movie to end all the loose ends. And then there’s another movie.”And then there were also rumors of a fallout between Cattrall and Parker, who has denied that the two are in a feud.
“There is not a ‘fight’ going on,” Parker, 58, told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast last June. “There has been no public dispute or spat or conversations or allegations made by me or anybody on my behalf.”
While Cattrall was absent for AJLT’s first season, writers kept her character in the show through text exchanges with her now-estranged friend Carrie Bradshaw (Parker). In the season one finale, Carrie reached out to Samantha, who now lives in London, to meet up.
“It’s odd, isn’t it?” Cattrall told Variety of the writers’ decision to keep Samantha in the storyline. “I don’t know how to feel about it.”
Kim Cattrall—who starred on all six seasons of Sex and the City and its two spin-off movies, but did not reprise her role for the first season of And Just Like That…—will make an appearance on the revival’s second season, a rep for Max (formerly HBO Max) confirmed to New York Post on May 31.
A Rekindled Romance?
If you just couldn’t help but wonder what’s going on with Carrie and Aidan, this February 2022 photo of Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett acting out a scene for season two might give you an idea.
The Return of Aidan
In August 2022, Deadline reported that John Corbett—who played Carrie’s boyfriend Aidan on seasons three and four of Sex and the City—would be returning for “a substantial, multi-episode arc” on season two. In January, Max officially confirmed Corbett’s season two casting with first look photos.
Tony Danza Is Che Diaz’s Dad…Kinda
Corbett won’t be the only fresh face in season two, as Tony Danza is also joining the cast as the actor playing Che’s father in her sitcom pilot.
A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor
Charlotte’s beloved dog Elizabeth Taylor was noticeably absent in season one, which left some fans befuddled. Charlotte did have a new bulldog named Richard Burton, but it didn’t quite feel right that the legacy and impact of Elizabeth went unaddressed.
In season two, a wrong appears to have been righted. In a Nov. 15 Instagram post, costumer designers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago shared an oil painting of Elizabeth Taylor wearing a Burberry sweater, writing, “On charlotte’s hallway wall.”