He’s got two ears and a heart, doesn’t he?
The series’ creator Darren Star revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his initial pick for the role was none other than the man who would go on to play 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy.
“I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially [in Sex and the City],” Star shared. “I don’t really watch Law & Order, but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect. I remember the first table read, how good he was. I’m not saying that Chris was Mr. Big, but he brought a lot of his own persona to the role ….”
And Big wasn’t Carrie’s only boyfriend who went through a few casting changes. Before settling on John Corbett for Aidan Shaw, Star said the crew was thinking about current Elementary star Aidan Quinn, but “he wasn’t available.”
“I loved John Corbett in Northern Exposure, and we were like, ‘Well, what’s John Corbett been up to?’ ” said Star. “He just had the laconic, dude-ish vibe. But we kept ‘Aidan’ because we loved the name.”
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Edelstein was set to take on the part, but only if Bradshaw passed first. She didn’t, and the rest is cosmopolitan-fueled history.