It was the split that few saw coming in Max’s reboot of “Sex and the City,” “And Just Like That….” Although Miranda Hobbes’ (Cynthia Nixon) relationship with Ché Diaz (Sara Ramirez) was a controversial move in the beloved franchise, the couple seemed smitten with their passionate romance.
But in this week’s most recent episode, they call it quits moments after Miranda finally decides to divorce her husband, Steve Brady (David Eigenberg).
In an interview conducted with USA Today Before the SAG-AFTRA strike, Ramírez, the non-binary actor who plays the non-binary on-screen comedian, spoke about the trajectory of Miranda and Ché’s tumultuous relationship that ultimately ended in heartbreak.
Calling Ché a “very truthful character,” Ramírez said: “They tell you the truth, whether you like what you hear or not. I think at that point they had some self-awareness, because they had experienced an emotional roller coaster of ego death, where they are left with an almost unrecognizable version of themselves that steps forward and says ‘Listen, the wheels are falling off this car. This is not working. I think it takes a lot of integrity to admit that to someone, whether they agree with you or not.”
In the series, Ché’s autobiographical television pilot fails before it airs, sending the character into a deep depression that has a lasting impact on his relationship with Miranda.
Ramírez added about the character of Nixon: “Miranda also has the conscience to recognize that it is not working. So she’s sad, but she’s relatable. A lot of people go through that.”
In the second half of season 2, Ramírez shared that Ché will begin to question his career path.
“They go back to a previous job working with a friend where they still have to deal with real life stuff, but they discover a new connection with someone,” Ramirez joked. “They are just trying to find their way back to who they really are. Does that include comedy? Does that include love? That’s the big question mark at the end.”
As for the backlash towards the Ché that came out in season 1, Ramírez admitted that they aren’t totally immune to backlash.
“As an actor, I have a very healthy limit around outside opinions. You can’t miss certain things, but I receive it with humor,” said Ramírez. “My hope is that in Season 2, just like we embrace the humanity of the women on the show, hopefully we continue to embrace the humanity of Ché Diaz. It’s important for us to remember that LGBTQIA+ people don’t have to be perfect, just like women don’t have to be perfect. We got to be imperfect, we got to be unlikable, and you can still support our humanity.”
New episodes of “And Just Like That…” air Thursdays on Max.
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