Actor Cynthia Nixon, best known for playing lawyer Miranda Hobbes on six seasons and one (fine, two) Sex and the City films has announced that she is running for governor of New York. The 51-year-old actor, who recently won praise for her role as Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion, is running for elected office for the first time.
Nixon will be running in the Democratic primary against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who is looking to win his third term. The actor may be new to the political race, but has been an advocate for education for years, teaming up with her wife and education activist Christine Marinoni to help bring funding to the public school system in New York. Nixon has also been an active supporter of same sex marriage legalization, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights, partnering in the past with Planned Parenthood.
And before any of the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Donald Trump comments begin flowing about whether we need another uneducated actor in politics, Nixon earned her undergrad degree at Barnard College at Columbia University. So cool it.
Nixon announced her decision to run for governor on Monday with an ad that, no big surprise, features the best voice over and most natural on-camera personality we’ve ever seen in a political video. She does have an Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe, after all.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018
For anyone who obsessively consumed all six seasons of Sex and The City and continues to watch reruns on a weekly basis (types this with one hand raised), you’ve likely noticed that Nixon isn’t that different from her SATC character, Miranda Hobbes. Both are successful business women raising young children in New York City. Both impeccable dressers (just saying) who take the subway, love New York, and don’t let anything stop them from achieving their goals. We couldn’t help but wonder, what tips would Miranda Hobbes give Nixon for running for governor of New York?
In politics and in life, you can’t please everyone.
Know the issues, including what the people of New York need to survive.
Living in New York doesn’t mean your only focus should be dating. Actually, that goes for living anywhere.
Talking about the tough issues can be difficult, but important.
Surround yourself with people of different backgrounds.
Put yourself out there, even if it’s scary. Like riding a mechanical bull.
Always have a strong opening line.
It’s good to keep a sense of humour about yourself, especially in politics.
And of course, have a great support system.