Before Bridget Moynahan became Erin Reagan, straight-and-narrow Blue Bloods Bureau Chief, she was Natasha, second wife of Mr. Big in Sex and the City. It was here that the former model made her big break on screens, rather than in magazines. Originally, Moynahan’s role was supposed to be relatively small – a brief appearance here or there as needed.
Soon enough, though, directors fell in love with the actress’ abilities just as Blue Bloods fans have, and she stuck around the set for much longer. Now, 21 years after her last appearance on the famed series, Moynahan has returned to her role as Natasha. In the 10-part revival series, And Just Like That, Moynahan relives her past days alongside Carrie Bradshaw and the rest of the gang.
During a recent interview with ET, the Blue Bloods star expressed her gratitude for the original series and its crucial role in her extensive TV and film career.
“They really, you know, kind of kick-started my career, right? Like that and Coyote Ugly started at the same time so they always have a special place in my heart,” she said.
At the time of her appearances on Sex and the City, Moynahan also starred in Coyote Ugly as the tough-as-nails character Rachel. Starkly different from bland and boring Natasha, it was during this time that the future Blue Bloods actress demonstrated her versatility with roles.
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Moynahan also shared her excitement for the upcoming HBO revival series while trying her best not to reveal any secrets.
“Well obviously, I can’t say anything about the show, but for me looking out on the other side of that window and seeing the girls coming down that Soho street in those costumes with the hair, it just made me like, ‘Oh my god, it’s back!’ So I am so thankful to be part of it,” the Blue Bloods actress said. “I am so happy they asked me to come back. And it was so fun. It was like going back to a family.”
Still, the celebration is bittersweet for many Sex and the City cast members as they mourn the loss of co-star Willie Garson, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s close friend Stanford Blatch. Garson passed away last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Moynahan admitted that she wasn’t particularly close with the talented actor. However, she did have the chance to work with him on several occasions.
“I worked with him a couple of times on that show, but I know how loved he was in that family and also in the Hollywood family,” she said. “His career was expansive, and he really was a good human.”