In May 2023, it was revealed that Kim Cattrall will be reprising her role as Samantha Jones in the upcoming season 2 of And Just Like That — the revival of the hit HBO series Sex and the City. The big revelation has hyped the excitement for the revival’s much-awaited sophomore run, but in a recent interview, the stars and executive producers of the show tried to suppress the enthusiasm surrounding Cattrall’s return, noting that it’s just a small yet meaningful cameo.
When will Kim Cattrall appear in And Just Like That?
According to Variety, Kim Cattrall will reprise his role as Samantha Jones in the eleventh and final episode of And Just Like That season 2, which is set to air on August 24, 2023.
Sources told the news outlet that Cattrall filmed her dialogue for her cameo on March 22nd, 2023 in New York City. Unfortunately for fans who are waiting for her reunion with the cast, Cattrall reportedly shot her part without seeing or speaking with the stars of the series, including Sarah Jessica Parker. Sources also noted that Cattrall completed her scene without talking to And Just Like That showrunner Michael Patrick King.
As for her look for the cameo, Cattrall was said to have been dressed by Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field.
What to expect from Kim Cattrall’s And Just Like That cameo?
Kim Cattrall’s cameo is part of a scene, in which Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw will have a phone conversation with Cattrall’s Samantha Jones, who in the show has moved to London.
Although Cattrall didn’t appear in season 1 of the show, her character, Samantha, still exists in the world of the show. In fact, in season 1, Carrie got in touch with an estranged Samantha over text, and in the finale, the two made a plan to see each other to patch things up.
Since Sex and the City is celebrating its 25 years this year, a lot of fans have high expectations about Cattrall’s return as Samantha. But Parker told Deadline that fans shouldn’t expect too much from the cameo because it’s just a quick one.
“Well, I won’t tease more than was already leaked, except to say that we had this idea that was a nice way of acknowledging the 25 years,” Parker said. “Samantha existed on the show in the first season, their friendship is conducted through text. She’s living in London and you’ll see more of that this season prior to when the face accompanies the text. It’s just a very nice, quick moment. A phone call that happens at a very opportune time in the story. It’s sentimental, it’s funny, and it is a perfect portrait of their friendship.”
Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes in the revival series, stressed that Cattrall’s involvement in season 2 is “a really tiny very tiny little cameo.” But now that it has been leaked, Nixon worries that some fans may find it underwhelming, as “much of the firepower of it was the surprise.”
Meanwhile, Kristin Davis, who plays Charlotte York Goldenblatt in the series, commented that she hoped people aren’t disappointed now that the cat is out of the bag.
What convinced Kim Cattrall to appear in And Just Like That?
Back in 2016, Kim Cattrall publicly announced that she was done playing Samantha Jones after she didn’t feel like the script for a proposed third Sex and the City film did justice to the character. “I would have preferred for all of us to have some kind of event to warrant a third film. That didn’t happen,” Cattrall shared in an interview with Variety in 2022.
Because of that public announcement, executive producer Michael Patrick King was delightfully surprised when he found out that Cattrall was willing to pop up in season 2 of And Just Like That as Samantha Jones.
“Something happened magically,” King said of Cattrall’s unexpected decision for a comeback during an interview with Deadline. “I don’t know whether it was because of the 25th anniversary or if it was the fans’ energy that shifted tectonic plates, but something happened where all of a sudden Kim was like, ‘Alright, I’ll play Samantha for a little bite.’ It’s fun because it’s a treat for the fans and it is magical. The only thing that makes me upset about it is that you know about it.”
Cattrall has yet to share what exactly made her decide to reprise her role as Samantha Jones, but Variety claimed in a report that Casey Bloys, the chairman and CEO of HBO and Max Content, approached the actress about putting her stilettos back on as Samantha, which led to her decision to say yes.
What will happen in And Just Like That season 2?
Major plot details about season 2 of And Just Like That are being kept under wraps, but you can get a glimpse of what’s in store in the new season in the trailer below:
And Just Like That season 2 release date
And Just Like That season 2 premieres on June 22, 2024, on Max.