Most of us knew her as Miranda Hobbs on the hit HBO series Sex and the City. But Cynthia Nixon is trying to take over New York City in another way: becoming governor. In March she announced her campaign for Governor of New York and had been nominated as the gubernatorial candidate for the Working Families Party.
While she’s been politically active for years championing gay marriage and public education, many fans were unaware just how deep her passion was for politics. Well, here are a few more things you probably didn’t know about the actress-turned-politician.
Unfortunately, quite a few people in politics these days have rap sheets from before their time in office. Some are even racking up new charges while still in a seat of power. Well, Nixon is no different. She was arrested in 2002, but for a good cause.
The former TV lawyer was handcuffed and brought to the First Precinct for blocking the entrance to City Hall and singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to cut $350 million out of the Board of Education’s budget.
Nixon shocked fans in 2004 when it became public that she was dating a woman after having a long romance and two children with schoolteacher Danny Mozes. Having never been open about her sexuality before, Nixon admitted that she met and fell in love with Christine Marinoni at a gay rights rally. And the two seem like the perfect political pair as Marinoni is also a political activist and former adviser of Bill de Blasio.
The redhead didn’t reach uber stardom until 1998 when Sex and the City, which landed her three Emmy nominations and one win. But she was acting long before her starring role. She started acting at 12 in the 1979 ABC Afterschool Special called The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid and made her feature film debut just two years later in Little Darlings with Kristy McNichol and Tatum O'Neal.
We bet you never knew the 52-year-old was a triple threat! But it’s true. Nixon won a Best Actress in a Leading Role Tony for her part in the Manhattan Theater Club production of “Rabbit Hole.” She took home an Emmy for her guest appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in the final season of Sex and the City.
Oh, and that Grammy? No, she’s not some secret rapper or pop star. She won the award for her spoken word on the “Inconvenient Truth” album.
Although Nixon is diving head first into politics, her love of acting was as strong. During the 80s she performed in not one, but two Broadway shows—“The Real Thing” and “Hurlyburly”—at the same time. And she did while being a freshman at Barnard College. Now that’s dedication.
Ok, don’t freak out. Nixon is not a redhead. Yes, her fiery hair was one of the reasons fans loved her so much on Sex and the City, but it’s all fake. "I am not a redhead, I'm a blonde," she told Marie Claire when she debuted golden locks on a red carpet in 2010. "Right now, this isn't my natural blonde color. I had to dye it to get the red out of it."
The reason for the switch? "The recognition factor is so much higher when I'm a redhead,” she said. “So, when I'm a blonde I can pass under the radar a lot more easily.”
As someone who became more politically active over the years, Nixon felt it was necessary to tell a personal story to highlight her championing a woman’s right to choose. She did so by penning an essay for Time in 2016 about how her mother had an abortion over 50 years prior when it was illegal and unsafe.
Although Nixon has been open to many parts of her life, she kept her 2006 breast cancer diagnosis and treatment a secret until 2008. "I didn't really want to make it public while I was going through it,” she said on “Nightline. “I didn't want paparazzi at the hospital, that kind of thing.”
She later opened up about her experience and became an official spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.