After much whisper and speculation, it has been confirmed that Nicole Ari Parker is slated to replace Kim Cattrall on the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That, as the necessary fourth member of the New York group. According to the Mail, our girl will play Carrie Bradshaw's new best friend, documentary-maker Lisa Todd Wexley--a role she accepted after the backlash that accompanied the news that the era-defining show's most iconic character was done with the series.
But listen, this is exactly why we cannot wait for Ms. Nicole to show up and out!
Nicole is known for starring in Soul Food, Chicago PD, most recently, Empire, and a variety of other gems. But what's even better, in addition to the news that she is the newest cast member, is that the entire cast is slated to be a part of this one too--including the infamous Michael Patrick King--talk about moving on without you, whew!
Nicole has been mostly on some if-you-mention-it-then-I'll-mention-it tight-lipped vibes regarding the project, but based on the outfits and pictures that have been released from both Sarah Jessica Parker and the show, we are ready, mkay!? And why wouldn't we be? Our good sis has been giving us good acting for years!
On 'Empire', she was the prestigious, Giselle Barker:
Giselle was a go-getter, a hustler who worked her way up from knowing nothing about the music business, to owning the building the record label was stationed. She was ruthless, maybe had a few skeletons, but was completely unfckwithable. Of the character, she told Wendy Williams:
"I'm having so much fun, because I get to play a character that you love to hate, you know? And to work with Terrence, who I've known for almost 20 years and Taraji, we all came up together. I play one of these women...you could say I'm evil. But I represent these women who got into an industry, started at the bottom, and took advantage of her situation. Yes, she can be a little ruthless, but it's so much fun."
She played Teri Joseph on the television series of 'Soul Food':
This role, based on Vanessa Williams' character from the movie version was dynamic and huge for Parker's career. She went on to receive five NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nominations. Five! She recently revealed to REVOLT that playing Teri was one of the most empowering roles she's ever played.
"Soul Food was great and that was a great example of Black women behind the scenes in decision-making positions because the stories that were told were given a lot of depth and humanity, and weren't this one-sided strong Black woman narrative. There was a strong Black woman who hurt, a strong Black woman who loved, a strong Black woman who's not always strong. That really trained me and it was really eye-opening for me about how television can do it when it wants to."
Come through! Soul Food is also where she famously met her husband, actor Boris Kodjoe. The two even re-enacted their very first scene together, on the show's 20th anniversary (above)!
She even hilariously played herself on 'Real Husbands of Hollywood':
And sis brought all the comedy to hit parody series, showing she has the acting range to keep up with the best of them!
Details of Parker's role have been kept mostly under wraps, with more to be released. The 10-episode, half-hour series began production in the Big Apple last month and is set to premiere on HBO Max in late 2021.
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