[This story contains spoilers for HBO Max’s And Just Like That.]
Sex and the City fans could not help but wonder why Steve Brady does not seem to be thriving in HBO Max’s sequel series.
And just like that executive producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, who both wrote for SATC, talked to Vanity Fair in a story published Thursday in which they recently addressed criticism from business and social media users over the bumpy road for Steve (David Eigenberg) on the new show. And just like that viewers have been surprised that Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has been in touch with Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez), who works with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), with Steve kept completely in the dark.
Zuritsky rejected the idea that the writers could have some sort of vendetta against Steve. “Everyone on the show, every single person, loves David Eigenberg as a human being,” she explained. “We love him as an actor. We love Steve. We’re really invested in his Steve heath. He’s so full of life, and Steve’s out there are good guys.”
Rottenberg followed up by reasoning that Miranda’s relationship development was meant to reflect what some real couples endure. “But Miranda’s journey represents a different reality out there that many people go through – reevaluations and transitions in life,” she said. “Adult couples grow apart and people come to revelations about what their spouse is or does not fulfill for them. Miranda’s story was very representative of a particular path that many women find themselves on.”
Among the recent articles on the question of how the authors treat Steve can be mentioned Vogue ‘s “What Happened to the Men of Sex and the City” and The cut ‘s “Steve deserves better.” In addition, author Roxane Gay asked on Twitter about the series’ team, Steve hates and adds, “They have not given his character one good scene.”
Zuritsky suggested that criticism of Steve’s path could reflect a “skewed gender issue” in which viewers “feel angry at her and more protective of him.” She also gave her assurance that there will soon be a scene where Steve will share his feelings about the situation, and both writers agreed that part of the motivation to revisit these female core characters was to stir up a little in their lives.
In addition, Zuritsky explained that the motivation for getting Steve to deal with partial hearing loss came from Eisenberg himself, who wore hearing aids and shared this with showrunner Michael Patrick King during their first meeting to discuss the character of the new series. “It actually ended up being Steve’s tone about his aging [in the show],” she said.
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