All the Sex and the City Celebrity Cameos You May Have Missed
Sex and the City premiered 23 years ago this summer — and since then, some of the show's minor characters have gone on to become major stars
For two episodes in season 3, the ladies head to Los Angeles. While they are there, Carrie has a fling with Keith Travers, played by Vaughn, a Hollywood-dweller who pretends to be Matt Damon's agent. Actually, he's Carrie Fisher's house-sitter and personal assistant.
Fisher then makes a brief appearance in one of the L.A. episodes, where she plays herself, catching Keith and Carrie together in her bed.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
The L.A. episodes are (naturally!) full of celebrities. One of them is Gellar, who plays Debbie, a Hollywood executive who wants to turn Carrie's columns into a movie.
Rounding out the L.A. celebrity appearances is McConaughey, who also plays himself. He's floated as a potential backer for Carrie's movie, and the two have a meeting to discuss. It doesn't go off quite as planned, however, considering that McConaughey proclaims he is a bigger fan of Mr. Big than he is of Carrie. "I don't know anybody any cooler than Mr. Big," he tells her. "The only question is, 'What the f--- is Carrie's problem?'"
Liu also plays herself in an episode of SATC, as a potential client of Samantha's. However, Sam ruins that opportunity when she drops Liu's name (without her permission) in an attempt to buy a Birkin bag.
Duchovny guest-stars on the episode "Boy, Interrupted" as Jeremy, Carrie's high school ex-boyfriend who lives in Connecticut — in a mental hospital. Though Carrie thinks she could get past his unusual address at first, the high school sweethearts part ways again by the end of the episode.
Theroux plays not one, but two different characters on SATC. The first — Jared — is an author who's friends with Stanford. The second, as fiction writer Vaughn — with a perfect family and a few issues in the bedroom — who Carrie dates in the show's second season.
Coolidge plays the host of the show's infamous purse party, teetering on the brink of a breakdown after a breakup. (Particularly after she catches Samantha and Smith, who is working as one of the party's waiters, having sex in the stairwell.)
Remember Samantha's nude photo shoot? And the photographers who are seen sitting, dumbfounded, as she strips down? Hale is one of them, and his character is (apparently) named Tiger.
Lane plays Bobby Fine, the pianist the girls are convinced is gay — until they get invited to his bash of a wedding (to a woman named Bitsy von Muffling) in the Hamptons.
Carrie has a brief dalliance with being a political spouse (or at least, a political girlfriend) while seeing Bill Kelley, a man who is running for City Council, played by Slattery.
Carrie dates Mark, a bisexual man, during the show's third season. And while out at a party with Mark, she meets Dawn — played by Morrissette.
A then-barely-known Dennings plays the ultra-spoiled teen Jenny Brier, who hires Samantha to plan her Bat Mitzvah.
Jon Bon Jovi
Carrie heads to therapy in the show's second season, where she meets fellow patient Seth. They hit it off, though eventually realize that the reason each is in therapy — Carrie picks the wrong men, Seth loses interest in women after sleeping with them — is the reason they won't work out.
In season two, Miranda dates Arnett's character, Jack. However, he turns out to be a bit (putting it mildly) of an exhibitionist and she promptly breaks it off.
Another one of Miranda's guys, Doug (Gaffigan), is a guy who seems normal and nice. Well, except for the fact that he pees in front of her — something Miranda cannot get used to.
Sweltering in the hot and sticky New York City summer, Samantha learns of a tropical oasis — a rooftop pool — thanks to Halliwell, who plays Phoebe, a British woman who tips her off to the pool at Soho House. Samantha eventually ends up impersonating a woman, Annabelle Bronstein, when she can't cut the waitlist.
Banks makes a brief appearance as Catherine, the fiancée of a politician Charlotte attempts to woo before realizing he is married.
Carrie has an ill-fated runway debut in a "models and real people" fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Chosen to wear Dolce & Gabbana for the event, she heads to the legendary fashion house's office, where she meets Cumming's character Oscar, who eventually puts her in a pair of bejeweled panties.
Cannavale has a one-episode appearance on SATC as Samantha's love interest, the guy with the "funky spunk." Apparently, his character's name is actually Adam Ball. (Who wants to bet that last name was intentional?)
The future Dr. Miranda Bailey appears on SATC for just a few seconds, as a police officer who attempts to stop Samantha from passing out flyers in Richard's neighborhood, informing the residents and passersby that he's a cheater. When Samantha explains that that's her purpose, Wilson's character lets her go on ahead.
Fun fact: SATC was Cooper's very first acting credit. His character dates Carrie for one night before things quickly fizzle after he catches a glimpse of her infamous "Single and Fabulous?" magazine cover.
Sarah Jessica Parker's IRL BFF Cohen has a brief cameo as a shoe salesman at Barney's, where Carrie and Charlotte head to for an eye mask-clad Charlotte to practice what it's like to be blind to prepare for potentially being a guide.