“I simply need to make this very clear,” Cathy Ang says by way of a match of laughter over the cellphone, “Rising up, I used to be not allowed to observe Intercourse and the Metropolis.” That didn’t cease her from ultimately catching up with the HBO collection that follows the exploits of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha when she moved from the Bay Space to the east coast to review at New York College. “I’ve skilled a whole lot of the issues that they skilled within the authentic present, and I do not assume I’d’ve understood a whole lot of these issues or how they navigate by way of their relationships till now, so I believe I really picked a good time to observe.”
Now, 26, Ang finds herself an integral a part of the Intercourse and the Metropolis universe. She performs the position of Lily Goldenblatt, Charlotte and Harry’s adopted teenage daughter, on And Simply Like That… the HBO Max revival of the unique collection. Followers of the franchise keep in mind Lily because the one who ruined Carrie’s authentic marriage ceremony plans with Massive within the first Intercourse and the Metropolis film, when she hides Carrie’s cellphone in a cute little cupcake-shaped purse. The irony that Lily is, as soon as once more, in some way on the heart of heartbreak between Carrie and Massive within the first episode of And Simply Like That… shouldn’t be misplaced on Ang (who additionally says that her favourite Carrie Bradshaw boyfriend is Aidan Shaw, not Mr. Massive). “I do know,” she laughs. “Any person despatched me a meme about that. Possibly that’s Lily subconsciously placing out within the universe that I believe Carrie can do higher than Massive! Possibly Lily is a bit devious.”
However even when Lily is somewhat “devious,” her mother would by no means discover. She’s the apple of her mom’s eye—a distinction to her sibling, Rose, who was born on the finish of the primary Intercourse and the Metropolis movie, and is now questioning their gender identification. Longtime viewers will discover this is only one a part of the various overcorrections And Simply Like That… is making an attempt to make on this new chapter of the collection. “For Lily, the matter of gender identification shouldn’t be an enormous deal. Lily thinks that Rose will get to be whoever they wanna be, and naturally, it’s tough for Charlotte, the planner,” Ang says. “[Series creator Michael Patrick King and I] mentioned Lily and her place within the household, and I believe we’re very conscious that Lily loves her household a lot, and she or he is actually, actually grateful to have been adopted. Harry and Charlotte are great mother and father, and even after they’re experiencing one thing new, and so they could stumble, they’re making an attempt. I believe Lily is at a degree in her life the place she will respect that and assist the entire household really feel seen and heard, and likewise assist her mother.”
Ang studied music at NYU, however with a focus on vocals. “I’m Chinese language Filipino and due to our Filipino heritage, we had karaoke at each single celebration and my entire household sings,” she says. However that implies that Lily’s spectacular piano recital scene within the first episode of And Simply Like That… was no stroll within the park. “I’d not say that piano is my forte,” Ang jokes. “Making ready for episode one, I principally gave myself carpal tunnel as a result of it was a very laborious piece! I really like enjoying the piano, I’m simply not as robust as a classically educated pianist, however for me that was such a enjoyable problem.”
Naturally, Ang can’t say a lot about what the collection holds for Lily, however as for that Oscar de la Renta robe she wears in episode one, the actress hints that “vogue will probably be a key factor in Lily’s storyline.” She will’t spoil, precisely, what huge vogue moments there will probably be, however she does promise some Miu Miu, Zimmerman, Staud, and Chanel.
Ang has additionally discovered that working with tv titans like Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Sarah Jessica Parker has given her extra of a crash course in making a present than something she discovered in faculty. “I simply really feel very fortunate as a result of while you get to work with ladies who’ve been doing this for thus lengthy, they wanna assist the brand new era,” she says of her time on set with the present’s lead trio. “When you’ve got a query, you may ask them, and that may span a whole lot of completely different matters, however they’re open and so they need to assist.”
After lending her voice to the starring position within the Oscar-nominated animated movie, Over the Moon, and her time as Lily on And Simply Like That…, Ang will quickly be seen in a horror movie, My Greatest Buddy’s Exorcism, with Elsie Fisher. “I like thrillers, however something with demonic possession? Nope!” Ang jokes. “I used to be advised that being on a horror set will make it simpler since you perceive how every thing works. I’m undoubtedly gonna have nightmares if I watch, however in fact I’ll watch our film.”