‘Sex and the City’s’ Nixon lives her own New York

* Cynthia Nixon’s real life at odds with ‘Sex and City’

* Same sex relationship has not hurt her career

By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK, May 26 (BestGrowthStock) – She is best known for her role
as one of New York’s stylish single girls prowling for men, but
in reality “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon’s world is
all about family life with her female partner and a lifestyle
removed from the city’s glamor.

Nixon, a rising gay rights activist, returns as Miranda in
the “Sex and the City 2” movie which opens on Thursday. She
reprises her character from the long-running television show, a
self-deprecating workaholic lawyer in a foursome of women
friends who bond over nightlife, fashion and pursuit of men.

The real-life Nixon, 44, is more likely found in her New
York neighborhood, clad in yoga pants with a child in tow, a
far cry from “Sex and the City’s” glitter.

“That’s hard for me sometimes because I feel like it’s not
my New York,” Nixon said, adding that she hopes women take away
a message of “look your best, not necessarily to catch a man,
but because of the way it makes you feel. Use it as a form of
self expression.”

The sequel has Miranda married with a child, struggling to
break through a glass ceiling in the workplace and sharing
experiences of motherhood.

In real life, Nixon plans to marry Christine Marinoni with
whom she is raising two children that she had with a former
partner, a man. A breast cancer survivor, Nixon serves as a
spokeswoman for cancer research and works in support of New
York’s public schools.

Her openness about her gay relationship has not jeopardized
the roles she has been offered since the hit “Sex and the City”
television series ended six years ago, she said.

“A lot of people know that I am with a woman, but I feel
like that is not the front and center perception they have of
me. The front and center perception they have of me is ‘Sex and
the City,'” she said.

“I am much more likely to be offered a corporate lawyer
than I am to be offered a lesbian of whatever ilk.”

‘NOT A SPRING CHICKEN’

Hollywood used to be hostile to publicly gay actors for
fear it might put off audiences. But Nixon, who is among a new
crop of entertainers who openly talk of dating the same sex,
say such fears are groundless today.

“There have been gay actors playing straight characters …
as long as there has been Hollywood,” said Nixon, who has been
lending her voice in support of gay marriage since making
headlines in 2004 when she began dating Marinoni.

“I don’t feel like actors should have to pretend that they
are something they are not in order to be believable,” she
said.

Age may play a bigger part in the roles she lands, she
joked, adding: “I am not a spring chicken, I am not going to
get cast as like the 25-year-old girl in the movie opposite,
whoever, Jake Gyllenhaal.”

Nixon, a native New Yorker who first appeared on television
at age 12, has won Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards for her work.

She would like most to be known for a life of acting that
extends well past the “Sex and the City” juggernaut.

“Laurence Olivier said the best thing for a young actor to
learn is how to become an old actor, and that’s what I want,”
she said.

“One of these days ‘Sex and the City’ is going to be gone,
but I am still going to be here,” she said.

“Sex and the City 2” is distributed by Warner Bros, a unit
of Time Warner Inc. (TWX.N: ).

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(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

‘Sex and the City’s’ Nixon lives her own New York