A self-proclaimed jeans-and-T-shirt gal, Choudhury admits she was shocked when she first received the call for the show. “Really? Do they know who I am?” she laughs, replaying the conversation. She had recently returned to New York after spending the last year abroad in lockdown and was wrapping another project when the script came her way. The glamorous world of Sex and the City was far from her real life, which made her question whether she could even pull it off. But a conversation with Michael Patrick King, the showrunner, was all she needed. “He is so bright and charismatic that the only thoughts I was having were, ‘Oh my God, this guy has been involved with this for so long. He has created so many of these characters along with Darren Star, who initiated it,’ and I saw the brilliance behind it, and I was very excited,” she says.
Like many, Choudhury is a fan of the original series, having devoured it all in one summer years ago. When I ask which character she resonates with most, she struggles to land on one person. She says she’s been a little bit of each of them at one point or another. She has definitely been a Carrie when going through a tough breakup but also views herself as an intellectual, so there is some Miranda there, too. And when she aspires to be really free, well, she is definitely a Samantha.