The universe of "Sex and the City
" is beginning to resemble the real-life New York
that it aspires to represent.
The actor, known for roles on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Madam Secretary,” will star as Che Diaz, a “nonbinary, queer, stand-up comedian
that hosts a podcast on which Carrie Bradshaw is regularly featured,” HBO Max
announced on Wednesday.
Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor
and progressive, human overview of gender
roles has made them and their podcast very popular, according to HBO's press notes.
In a statement, executive producer Michael Patrick King said he and the rest of the show's creative team were "overjoyed" that Ramrez had joined the cast, which also includes Sarah Jessica Parker
as Carrie Bradshaw, Kristin Davis as Charlotte York-Goldenblatt, and Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes.
“Sara is a one-of-a-kind talent, equally at home with comedy
and drama – and we are excited and inspired to create this new character for the show,” said King.
Before joining "Grey's Anatomy," Ramrez had a successful Broadway career, winning a Tony Award for the 2005 musical "Spamalot."
In August 2020, the actor came out as nonbinary, using both "she" and "they" pronouns
The announcement of Ramrez's casting comes on the heels of the widely publicized departure of Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones on all six seasons of "Sex and the City" on HBO and in the two subsequent films.
Cattrall, who had a public feud with Parker, suggested in a 2017 interview with Piers Morgan that the show's creators could recast her role with an actor of color or "bring in another character" entirely.
The New York Post's Page Six reported earlier this year that Chris Noth would not be reprising his role as Carrie's main squeeze, Mr. Big, in "And Just Like That...," which is set to be released in the fall. However, the actor later hinted on Instagram
that this may not be the case.
Both David Eigenberg and John Corbett have hinted that they have been approached to join the series, though neither actor's casting has been formally confirmed.