Excitement has been building for HBO Max’s Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That…, for months, and we finally got our first look at the follow-up series with its premiere on December 9. The gang’s all here—well, mostly, as Kim Cattrall’s Samantha is notably missing. Only this time, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) have transitioned into their 50s and are facing a whole new set of life and relationship challenges. There’s a familiarity to the show that fans of the original will no doubt appreciate, like Carrie’s voice-over narration (this time via a podcast instead of her newspaper column) and enough jaw-dropping fashion moments to fill a museum, but there’s also an element of freshness via some impeccably dressed newcomers.
At the time of my interview with Sarita Choudhury, not much was known about her character Seema Patel or the series for that matter. All I had to go on was the smattering of paparazzi shots shared on social media and the recently released teaser. HBO Max has been keeping details tightly under wraps, so Choudhury herself must be discreet in what she reveals. “I can tell you she’s very different from me,” the actress says, pausing to think carefully about how to elaborate further. “She’s a very savvy businesswoman but has a very—I hope—quick sense of humor, if I pulled that off.” Seema is a powerhouse. There is a cool confidence about her, in the way she carries herself and in how she dresses, that is wonderfully effortless and a joy to watch, making her easily one of my favorite new characters.