That being said, Davis was aware the first episodes of And Just Like That… had bombshells fans maybe weren’t expecting. “I don’t know if worried is the right word, but I mean, I was like, ‘Oh, are people going to freak out?’” she says. “We’re not dumb, we understand. It’s a lot.”
But a lot happens to you once you’ve reached your 50s—which Davis says explains the show’s more emotional elements. “We’re doing a show about people in their 50s,” she says. “Not everyone, but the three of us. All of us who have lived this long and are still alive, have lost people; this is how it is. Life is this way. We’ve gone through a global pandemic; we’re still technically in it. It’s not all rosy.”
She adds, “I think the main point and the reason we’re called And Just Like That…, is that things suddenly change in ways you’re not expecting. Life isn’t all wrapped up and finished.”
And while both Davis and Nixon assure me lighter times are ahead—”I don’t think anything’s going to happen that will equal the pain of Mr. Bigs’s death,” Nixon says—And Just Like That… will still keep its feet planted firmly in reality.
“We are definitely, definitely going to get some laughs and lighten up and whatever you would like to call it,” Davis says. “But I think we’re also going to stay true to the reality of losing someone. We’re going to stay true to the fact that we’re grappling with some topics that aren’t simple. We’re going to grapple with the complexity of our cultural landscape right now.”
New episodes of And Just Like That… premiere weekly Thursdays on HBO Max.
Christopher Rosa is the entertainment editor at Glamour. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.