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Cynthia Nixon: 'I was a shy teen'

Cynthia Nixon: 'I was a shy teen'

Actress Cynthia Nixon suffered with painful shyness as a child.

In the film A Quiet Passion, the 49-year-old plays prolific American poet Emily Dickinson, who was famed for her unconventional style and reluctance to appear in the public eye.

Cynthia, a former child actress, told The Independent that she felt an affinity towards the poet from a young age due to her introverted nature.

“As a child, a teenager and a young person, I was very internalised,” she revealed. “I was a person who didn’t feel extroverted, I didn’t feel able to present myself but I tried to give the world the impression that there was something really fascinating over here if you would just take the time to look. When I was a kid, I really identified with that painful shyness.”

Though the film is in stark contrast to her most famous role as Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City, Cynthia hopes A Quiet Passion will appeal to at least some fans of the cult television series, particularly in view of gender issues.

“Sex and the City fans really span a whole gamut of people. Of course, Emily’s world is very different than the world of Sex and the City and I don’t think she would recognise those women. I don’t think she would know what to make of them," she smiled.

Cynthia also reveals that she isn't too bothered by media interest in her private life, including her same-sex marriage to Christine Marinoni as well as her battle with breast cancer, with which she was diagnosed with in 2006.

“There are things in my life that I don’t necessarily think should be secret,” she stated. “I want to reveal them in their proper time. I don’t want the world to know I’ve got cancer when I have just been diagnosed and am undergoing treatment. That doesn’t seem appropriate or helpful. But once I’ve had it, I don’t think it is bad to keep it a secret but I don’t need to keep it a secret.

"Or when I am starting to date a woman for the first time, I don’t want a photographer there at the first date but I feel that once we are a solid couple and we are living together and stuff, I don’t know how one would try and hide that."

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