"Sex and the City's" Nixon lives her own New York

Wed May 26, 2010 11:57am EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - She is best known for her role as one of New York's stylish single girls prowling for men, but in reality "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon's world is all about family life with her female partner and a lifestyle removed from the city's glamour.

Nixon, a rising gay rights activist, returns as Miranda in the "Sex and the City 2" movie which opens on Thursday. She reprises her character from the long-running television show, a self-deprecating workaholic lawyer in a foursome of women friends who bond over nightlife, fashion and pursuit of men.

The real-life Nixon, 44, is more likely found in her New York neighborhood, clad in yoga pants with a child in tow, a far cry from "Sex and the City's" glitter.

"That's hard for me sometimes because I feel like it's not my New York," Nixon said, adding that she hopes women take away a message of "look your best, not necessarily to catch a man, but because of the way it makes you feel. Use it as a form of self expression."

The sequel has Miranda married with a child, struggling to break through a glass ceiling in the workplace and sharing experiences of motherhood.

In real life, Nixon plans to marry Christine Marinoni with whom she is raising two children that she had with a former partner, a man. A breast cancer survivor, Nixon serves as a spokeswoman for cancer research and works in support of New York's public schools.

Her openness about her gay relationship has not jeopardized the roles she has been offered since the hit "Sex and the City" television series ended six years ago, she said.

"A lot of people know that I am with a woman, but I feel like that is not the front and center perception they have of me. The front and center perception they have of me is 'Sex and the City,'" she said.   Continued...

<p>Actress Cynthia Nixon poses for a portrait during a media day to promote the film "Sex and the City 2" in New York May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>