‘And Just Like That’ Writers Defend Steve’s Storyline Amid Criticism – The Hollywood Reporter

[This story contains spoilers for HBO Max’s And Just Like That.]

Sex and the city fans couldn’t help but wonder why Steve Brady doesn’t seem to be thriving in HBO’s sequel Max.

And just like that executive producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, who both wrote for SATC, spoke to Vanity Fair in a story published Thursday, discussing recent criticism from outlets and social media users about the bumpy path for Steve (David Eisenberg) on ​​the new show. And just like that viewers were surprised that Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has been in touch with Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez), who works with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), leaving Steve completely in the dark.

Zuritsky rejected the idea that the writing staff could be having some sort of vendetta against Steve. “Everyone on the show, every person, loves David Eigenberg as a human being,” she explained. “We love him as an actor. We love Steve. We’re really invested in the Steve-ness of him. He’s so full of life, and the Steves out there are good guys.”

Rottenberg went on to argue that Miranda’s relationship developments were meant to reflect what some real couples go through. “But Miranda’s journey represents another reality out there that a lot of people go through — the re-evaluations and transitions in life,” she said. “Adult couples grow apart and people come to revelations about what their partner does or doesn’t fulfill for them. Miranda’s story was very representative of a particular path many women walk.”

Among the recent articles to ask how the writers treat Steve include: Fashion‘s “What happened to the men of sex and the city” and the cutSteve deserves better. In addition, author Roxane Gay asked on Twitter or the show’s team hates Steve, adding, “They haven’t given his character one good scene.”

Zuritsky suggested criticizing Steve’s path could be a “skewed gender issue”, with viewers being “angry at her and more protective of him.” She also assured her that there will be a scene soon where Steve will share his feelings about the situation, and both writers agreed that part of the motivation for revisiting these core female characters was to spice up their lives a bit. .

Additionally, Zuritsky explained that the motivation for Steve to deal with partial hearing loss stemmed from the fact that Eisenberg wore hearing aids himself and had shared this with showrunner Michael Patrick King during their first meeting to discuss the character for the new series. “That eventually became Steve’s tone about his aging [in the show],” she said.

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