24 celebrities you forgot were in Sex and the City
Now that all 94 episodes of Sex and the City are available to stream on demand on NOW TV, we’ve obviously been spending all of our free time reliving our favourite moments of the razor sharp romantic comedy, which originally ran from 1998 until 2004. But asides from Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, we’ve been surprised by the number of familiar faces cropping up here and there in bit-roles whom we’d barely noticed the first time around. As you should know by now, few things give us more joy than watching celebrities making before-they-were-famous cameos, and the number of now-massive names who got their start on Sex and the City is truly delightful to behold. Check out some of these.
1. Bradley Cooper
Season 2, Episode 4: “They Shoot Single People, Don’t They?”
Carrie didn’t know quite what she was passing up when she turned down young ‘Jake’, who made her feel old and destined to remain single forever by laughing at her “Single and Fabulous?” New York Magazine cover. Watch the clip here.
2. Matthew McConaughey
Season 3, Episode 13: “Escape From New York”
Before he got all ‘serious about acting’ and stuff, McConaughey appeared on SatC as himself. Weirdly enough, he was trying to convince Carrie to sell him the rights to her book so he could star in its big-screen adaptation; as a male version of her.
3. Elizabeth Banks
Season 3, Episode 2: “Politically Erect”
The actress, director, producer and all-round female powerhouse that is Elizabeth Banks made a 15-second appearance as ‘Catherine’ – the wife of a man whom Charlotte’s hitting on. Talk about some fierce competition!
4. Alan Cumming
Season 4, Episode 2: “The Real Me”
Around the same time he changed the world with Spy Kids‘ Fegan Floop, star of The Good Wife Alan Cumming cameoed in SatC as ‘Orlando’; a member of the Dolce and Gabbana team who dresses Carrie for a fashion show and squeals “Me likey!” a lot.
5. David Duchovny
Season 6, Episode 10: “Boy, Interrupted”
The X-Files‘s Mulder made a memorable appearance as Carrie’s high school sweetheart, Jeremy, whose return to her life might have been more romantic, had it not been interrupted by his voluntary stint in a mental institution.
6. Jon Bon Jovi
Season 2, Episode 13: “Games People Play”
Jon Bon Jovi did what he does best in his swoonsome cameo as Seth, whom Carrie met in the waiting room of her therapist, slept with, and then found out he was visiting the therapist because he loses interest in women after sex. Oops!
7. Timothy Olyphant
Season 1, Episode 4: “Valley Of The Twenty-Something Guys”
Before carving out his badass Deadwood / Justified niche, Timothy Olyphant was Sam; the twentysomething guy Carrie considered dating until she woke up in his apartment to find out he had no toilet paper.
8. Will Arnett
Season 2, Episode 12: “La Douleur Exquise!”
The then unknown Arrested Development / BoJack Horseman star was hilarious as one of Miranda’s love interests, Jack, who had a particular penchant for sex in public places.
9. Donald Trump
Season 2, Episode 8: “The Man, The Myth, The Viagra”
Thankfully, that episode title had nothing to do with Trump, who made a passing cameo as himself attending a business meeting in a bar where Samantha sipped on a Cosmopolitan. “Samantha, a Cosmopolitan, and Donald Trump. You don’t get more New York than that”.
10. Lucy Liu
Season 4, Episode 11: “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda”
Back when she was oh so relevant, Lucy Liu appeared as herself, i.e. one of Samantha’s new clients. Samantha later took advantage of Liu’s star status in order to jump the five-year waiting list for a Birkin handbag. Who wouldn’t?
11. Bobby Cannavale
Season 3, Episode 9: “Easy Come, Easy Go”
In an unfortunate yet appropriately hilarious appearance as one of Samantha’s romantic interests, Vinyl / Boardwalk Empire star Cannavale played Adam Ball, AKA ‘Mr. Funky Spunk’, whose bodily fluids tasted unforgettably nasty, no matter how many shots of wheatgrass he’d been force-fed.
12. Justin Theroux
Season 1, Episode 7: “The Monogamists” and Season 2, Episode 15: “Shortcomings”
Before he was Mr. Jennifer Aniston, funny man Justin Theroux played two different characters one year apart in Sex and the City – and they thought we wouldn’t notice! First he was the jarringly dressed ‘Jared’, Stanford’s writer friend who’s recently made New York Magazine’s “30 Coolest People Under 30”, and then he was Vaughn Wysel, Carrie’s boyfriend whose mum was more lovable than he was.
13. Alanis Morissette
Season 3, Episode 4: “Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl…”
Gotta hand it to Alanis Morissette for becoming Carrie’s first (and only?) female romantic interest in the series when she appeared as ‘Dawn’ – a lesbian whom Carrie makes out with while dating a bisexual man.
14 / 15. Vince Vaughn and Carrie Fisher
Season 3, Episode 14: “Sex and Another City”
This “tall drink of water” provided an hilarious storyline when he appeared as Keith Travers – a guy who lied to Carrie about being Matt Damon’s agent in order to impress her into bed, when he was in fact Carrie Fisher’s personal assistant. Of course, Fisher makes her own cameo when she interrupts the new lovers and reveals Keith’s secret. Watch the clip here.
16. Heidi Klum
Season 4, Episode 2: “The Real Me”
Before she was getting wheeled out at Taylor Swift concerts, supermodel Klum stepped over a tripped up Carrie, who laid flat on a fashion show catwalk, as Stanford exclaimed, “Oh my god, she’s fashion roadkill!” Meow.
17 / 18. Amy Sedaris and Molly Shannon
Season 5, Episodes 2, 4 & 5 and Season 6, Episode 5
When Carrie scored a book deal (while also at an all-time low in her hair game), her new publishers were Saturday Night Live colleagues Sedaris and Shannon, who swiftly thereafter joined our wish-they-were-our-besties list.
19. John Slattery
Season 3, Episode 1: “Where There’s Smoke…” and Season 3, Episode 2: “Politically Erect”
Before he was Mad Men‘s Roger Sterling, John Slattery was a dashing politician with a fetish for golden showers – something that Carrie just could not and would not get into.
20. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Season 3, Episode 13: “Escape from New York”
SJP wasn’t the only Sarah with three names in town when Sarah Michelle Gellar stopped by to play ‘Debbie’, a member of a small Hollywood production company interested in turning Carrie’s column into a film.
21. Kat Dennings
Season 3, Episode 15: “Hot Child In The City”
Before she was Max in 2 Broke Girls, Dennings was already impressing Michael Patrick King and viewers alike with her performance as Jenny Bier; a precocious 13-year-old who hired Samantha (of all people) to plan her bat mitzvah.
22. Geri Halliwell
Season 6, Episode 10: “Boy, Interrupted”
Halliwell brought a little extra spice to the show when she appeared as Samantha’s friend Phoebe, who recommended the Soho House swimming pool as a prestigious oasis from the New York City heatwave.
23. Clark Gregg
Season 3, Episode 12: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
The man now known as S.H.I.E.L.D’s Agent Phil Coulson wasn’t so heroic when he lied to Miranda about being a surgeon when they met on a speed-date. As was later revealed by a bloody mishap, he was actually a manager at Foot Locker.
24. Gabriel Macht
Season 1, Episode 2: “Models and Mortals”
Who would’ve guessed that Carrie’s friend Barkley, a serial ‘modelizer’ who’s obsessed with acquiring models and secretly videotaping himself having sex with them, would turn out to be the charming Harvey Specter of Suits fame?
All 94 episodes of Sex and the City are available to stream on NOW TV with an Entertainment Month Pass.