According to a recent interview on Howard Stern, Sandra Bernhard revealed that it was she, not Cynthia Nixon, who had been originally offered the roll of Miranda Hobbs in the franchise that won’t die, Sex and the City.
Despite the fact that the show went on to become a pop culture icon (we’ll disregard the second movie that really destroyed it for most of us), Bernhard claims that she has zero regrets in turning down the role. Her choice to snub it was due to what she claimed was a “terrible” script and a low paycheck. She went on to say it wasn’t a matter of selling out and simply because the project “wasn’t any good.”
The acid-tongue comedienne also took the opportunity to slam Sarah Jessica Parker who, had she accepted the role, would have been her co-star and was also the executive producer of the show.
“I would have had to play third or fourth fiddle to Sarah Jessica Parker and put up with her shit. It would have been hideous to work with her.”
It looks like Bernhard dodged a bullet then if that’s how she really feels about Parker.
It’s hard not to try to imagine how the role of Miranda Hobbs would have evolved if the brash, unapologetic Bernhard had played the somewhat conservative, Harvard educated attorney. Could she have been able to put her strong personality on mute just enough to have kept the role as we all know it, or would it have ended up being a completely different character and show all together?
In an attempt to put an end to such mystery, let’s match up some of Bernhard’s real life quotes with some of Miranda Hobbs’ situations on the show just to give us at least some sense of how things could have possibly gone down.