Steve’s hearing loss on ‘And Just Like That’ is inspired by the actor who plays him

The creative team behind HBO Max’s revival of “Sex and the City” has made a clear effort to reflect the realities of aging. For actor David Eigenberg, it is a case of art that mimics life.

Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, two screenwriters for HBO Max’s “And Just Like That …,” told Vanity Fair this week that they incorporated Eigenberg’s real experience with hearing loss into his character, Steve Brady. In the series’ premiere episode, “Hi it’s me“Steve explains that he recently got hearing aids – a plot that is further developed in episode seven,”Sex and the widow“, which was broadcast this week.

“When [showrunner] Michael Patrick [King] reconnected with David Eigenberg about the show, the very first thing David said was, ‘I got hearing aids.’ That was literally what he brought with him, ”Zuritsky explained.

“Everyone on the show, every single person, loves David Eigenberg as a human being,” she continued. “We love him as an actor. We love Steve. We’re really invested in his Steve heath. He’s so full of life, and Steve’s out there are good guys.”

Cynthia Nixon (left) and David Eigenberg enter "And just like that ..." is now airing on HBO Max.
Cynthia Nixon (left) and David Eigenberg in “And Just Like That …”, now airing on HBO Max.

Compared to the original “Sex and the City”, Steve’s presence on “And Just Like That …” has been significantly diminished as his wife, Miranda Hobbes (played by Cynthia Nixon), is explore his sexuality and shows characters of alcoholism.

Although Steve has so far fared better on the new series than another one of its beloved male characters, his lack of screen time has not gone unnoticed of fans and critics. IN an article for The Cut published earlier this week, journalist Danielle Cohen argued that the show’s writers “[do] does not seem to be particularly interested in exploring how the very kind and patient young Steve has matured, “proclaimed later,” This is not the life Steve deserves! “

IN her chat with Vanity Fair, Rottenberg suggested that Miranda’s journey on the series – at least as far as her relationship with Steve is concerned – is meant to represent “the reevaluations and transitions of life.”

“Adult couples are growing apart and people are coming to revelations about what their spouse is or is not fulfilling for them,” she said. “Miranda’s story was very representative of a particular path that many women are on.”

“Even beloved people have crises,” Zuritsky added. “Even moral, generally wonderful people make choices that are not necessarily admirable or virtuous. But they do them anyway because they are going through something or they are working through a crisis.”

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