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Cynthia Nixon Updates Sarah Jessica Parker After Stepfather’s Death: ‘It’s Really Tough’

Cynthia Nixon tells fans how Sarah Jessica Parker is doing now that her beloved stepfather, Paul Giffin Forste, has died. The 56-year-old former “Sex and the City” star told exclusively at PaleyFest NY, “I think it is really, really hard.”

“It is hard not only for her own loss, but also for her mom [Barbra Forste],” she said. It was informed at the end of last month that Parker, 57, dropped out of the 10th Annual Fall Fashion Gala for the New York City Ballet because of a “sudden and devastating family situation.”

Later, the actress’s family said in a sad statement that Paul had died suddenly at the age of 76. He had been with Parker’s mother for 54 years when Parker was born.

“Paul will be remembered for his faith in loving kindness, his special joy in his 13 grandchildren, and his strong desire to make the world a more kind, tolerant, and beautiful place for everyone,” part of the statement said. Nixon also talked to Page Six about how the second season of “And Just Like That…” is coming together.

The character Che Diaz, played by Sara Ramirez, was Nixon’s first love interest in Season 1. Executive producer Michael Patrick King has said that Che Diaz will have a significant role in Season 2. Nixon said, “It is very, very, very exciting.”

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“I have been texting Sarah Jessica, Kristin Davis, and you a lot. We read the first two episodes out loud a few weeks ago, which was unique and exciting because it was the first time we had read them.

Nixon was at PaleyFest NY to talk about “The Gilded Age,” her other HBO show. She told Page Six that she loves the high fashion on “And Just Like That…,” but she can not say the same about her costumes for the late-19th-century historical drama.

“Everyone says, ‘Oh, high heels can be hard to walk in sometimes,’ but this is way worse,” she joked. “It is nothing compared to the corsets, the many layers of petticoats, and especially the gloves.”

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She also said, “I have to admit that the corsets are hard, but if I lived in the Gilded Age and had to wear leather gloves all the time, it would be my downfall.” Christine Baranski, Louisa Jacobson Gummer, Denée Benton, Morgan Spector, and Carrie Coon, who were all in the movie, were also there for the screening and Q&A.