Cynthia Nixon explains how “being no longer fertile” affects her career

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Cynthia Nixon is famed for playing lawyer Miranda Hobbs on HBO’s Sex and the City – and, in the show, viewers witnessed how becoming a mother to son Brady impacted her career.

Now, speaking in a new interview, the 50-year-old has revealed that “being no longer fertile” has had an impact on her acting career, namely the roles she now gets offered.

Speaking to Metro, Nixon – who has children Samantha, 20, and Charles, 14, with ex-husband Danny Mozes, and Max, six, with wife Christine Marinoni – says: “I am supposed to be of an age where I've raised my children already – the fact I haven't isn't nature's fault, it was my decision.”

Nixon continues: “But even though I'm still in the mommy space [with young children], being no longer fertile means I am not offered roles that are to do with being a mother, which is freeing.”

Nixon went on to explain that, while some roles have been closed off to her as a result of Hollywood ageism, it has – on the whole – proven to be a positive thing. Particularly because the role of a “non-mother” in productions is “far more complicated and interesting”.

She said: “Being someone's mother in real life is wonderful but, in dramatic terms, non-mother roles are far more complicated and interesting.”

Nixon is not the first Hollywood star to flip Hollywood ageism on its head: Jennifer Lopez, in a recent interview with W magazine, said it’s actually men who have far more to worry about as they grow older.

“Men in their 20s are very confident and cocky, and women are super insecure,” she said. “And then it flips – men get super insecure, and women get comfortable in their own skin, in a way that makes them more beautiful.”

Similarly,  presenter Claudia Winkleman said that she, too, had worried about ageing in the spotlight, and that at one point she considered cosmetic surgery.

“I am 45,” she said in January. “And at this point my face is actually falling off.

“I had a go with Botox but looked both scared and surprised at the same time. I don’t like to be either.”

Now, however, she has ditched the injections in favour of her iconic and “unapologetic” fringe – and embraced the ageing process. “My 20s were painful,” she said. “You had to go out to nightclubs.

“I love not having to pretend to enjoy those things anymore.”

Meanwhile Nixon, who has always been fiercely private about her personal life, recently opened up about the moment she fell in love with Marinoni, whom she married in 2012.

“I had never dated a woman before or even kissed a woman or anything,” she said. “So when we started seeing each other, Christine kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, for me to panic about what this would mean – to my career or to myself – as if somehow I just hadn’t noticed that she was a woman.

“And then she met my mother and that was when she stopped worrying about it.”

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.