And just like that…star Sara Ramirez opened up about the mental health crisis they faced early in the pandemic, leading the actor to contemplate suicide.
Ramirez – formerly in a non-binary identity, using their/their pronoun – with type About the incident, and how polarized fans have reacted to the “Sex and the City” revival character Che Diaz.
“I remember calling the national suicide hotline for the first time,” Ramirez, 46, told the publication in a cover interview published Wednesday.
Revealed: Just Like That, Sara Ramirez Reveals They Contemplated Suicide During Mental Health Crisis During Pandemic, Addresses Polarized Reactions To Character Chediaz
“I called some people and their phones were off and I thought, ‘Well, there’s this hotline…’
‘This guy really took me off the ledge and put me back in my body. It really helps that I can acknowledge my feelings without being them. I was especially vulnerable at that time and I sought support,” they added.
“I got that support, but it was a very tough year and for the most part I had to release all my obsession with eternity from all directions.”
It is unclear what triggered the incident.
Struggle: Ramirez – formerly non-binary, using their/their pronouns – speaks to Variety about her mental health crisis
Gorgeous shot: Tony Award-winning actor looks stunning on set
The Mexican-American actor and singer received a backlash from fans when she joined And Just Like That last year, with many fans questioning the character’s romance with Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon).
But Ramirez said they deliberately altered reading any negative or positive responses. “Other people’s perception of the character — it’s not something I can allow into my process,” they told the publication.
In the final scene of the show, the car leaves New York for a TV show in Los Angeles, where Miranda is about to follow her.
“The first season is about judging a book by its cover, and the second season is about reading the book,” Ramirez said while teasing the details of the second season.
The heart of the matter: Ramirez wears red makeup and has a heart outline on his face
Stop it: Ramirez says they intentionally changed reading any negative or positive reactions to character Che Diaz
Elsewhere in the cover interview, Cynthia Nixon — who herself came out as a lesbian in 2004 — also cites some quotes about fans’ reactions to Miranda leaving Steve.
Director Michael Patrick King is said to have asked her “Do you want Miranda to be gay?” Nixon replied, “Of course, why not!”
Nixon considered Miranda “to have a lot of weird, frankly lesbian qualities” and that the character was “a stand-in for gay women that we don’t have.”
Referring to Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha — who had a lesbian relationship in season four of the original series — she said: “I think Samantha is a different kind of queer.”
Controversy: Sara Ramirez’s character creates buzz among die-hard ‘Sex and the City’ fans
King also spoke with Variety about the cover feature, revealing, “One of my passions for Season 2 is Che.”
He added: “I want to show the dimensions of Che that people can’t see, for whatever reason – because they are blinded, out of fear or fear. I want to show more Che not less Che …like, really.
He also shared an anecdote from his friend, filmmaker Greg Araki, who apparently asked him, “How does it feel to create the most extreme character on all 5,000 TV shows?”
King has been surprised by the popularity of Che and the show before, especially when there are so many shows flooding the streaming market.
Nobuyoshi Araki — director of Smiley, starring Anna Faris — noted that some shows have “Vikings drinking children’s blood,” but “everyone cares about a non-binary stand-up comedy right now.”