When someone mentions Cynthia Nixon, what image comes to mind first? Is she a suited and booted lawyer, ready to take on a case? Is she sprawled on her bathroom floor butt naked, being rescued by her BFF’s boyfriend? Is she yelling at sandwiches on the street, or out on the town with three of her closest gal pals? Whichever visual springs into your mind, the likelihood is that your first thought is connected to her Sex and the City character, Miranda Hobbes — the independent, headstrong, and fiercely loyal woman who, in 1998, became a household name.

In real life, Nixon isn’t so different from Hobbes — she, too, is immensely driven, intelligent and warm-hearted. Though, of course — and most importantly — she’s a real human! And she has much, much more to offer the world than her fictional counterpart. We’ve listed just some of those offerings for you below, because a little birdy told us we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this inspiring lady in the years to come…

Who run the world?

If you’ve only just begun to hear about Nixon’s dalliance with politics, then please take a seat: This woman has been politically informed and active for many years — and no, it’s not just because she shares a surname with former President Richard Nixon. In fact, her motivation has nothing to do with him, especially considering she grew up in a family who “hated him so much.”

Nixon first made political headlines back in 2011 when lobbying for the legalization of same-sex marriage in NYC. Since then, she’s publicly advocated LGBT rights, educational equality, sexual harassment, gun violence, and women’s rights. She believes that NYC Governor Cuomo proposes budgets that increase the poor-rich divide in the state, rather than bridge it. So, as of March 2018, Nixon aims to offer those citizens a liberal alternative to his (at that point in time) two-term reign. How, you ask? By running for candidacy herself, naturally.

After announcing that she’ll run for governor via Twitter, Nixon released a promotional video that is very fitting for this #MeToo and #TimesUp era, stating that she’ll do her utmost to work on the issues mentioned above (plus others, including public transport reform and mass incarceration), and put an end to inequality to NYC, replacing those in power who’re “letting [citizens] down.”

To quote Queen B, who run the world?

She survived the big C

Anyone who has watched Nixon grab a mic and speak out on public affairs will know that this is a woman that’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s inspirational, passionate and extremely driven. In 2006, though, one villain clearly did not get that memo, and that villain was cancer. Yet, as you would expect from a woman who’s well versed in the art of schooling evil, she beat the living crap out of it.

Per a 2008 report via ABC, Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer in ’06 but chose to keep the news private — which is understandable, really: Who would want paps turning up to the hospital? Yet, while those closest to her grew sick with worry, Nixon kept calm — she even scheduled her surgery for a Sunday so it wouldn’t conflict with the off-Broadway play she was performing in at the time!

Talking to Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden, Nixon said: “I want [women] most to hear me saying that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself … the only thing to be afraid of is if you don’t go get your mammograms, that’s the thing that’s going to trip you up.” So, ladies, to paraphrase this wise goddess: Check yourself.

Gotta catch ’em all (awards, that is)

There aren’t many people who can say they’ve bagged an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony award, but then — as you’re probably figuring out already — Nixon isn’t your average gal about town, despite HBO trying to convince us otherwise. Yep, this talented lady scooped up an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2004 for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in Sex in the City — an award presented to her by Donald Trump, no less. (Chances are he’s no longer a Nixon supporter, considering her political standpoint — she’s certainly not stoked about the fact that she received her first big award from him, that’s for sure.)

Two years later, Nixon bagged a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Rabbit Hole, a Broadway show that also won a Pulitzer Prize for drama. And in 2009, she was presented with a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album, which she’d worked on for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

Do you know what this means, folks? It mean’s that all Nixon has to do now is bag an Academy Award (what, like it’s hard?) and she’ll be a fully fledged EGOT — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony: A list that only 12 other human’s in history have made it on to!

She won a Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) for Worst Actress in 2011, too, but we won’t talk about that.


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