Sex and the City star Willie Garson had confided in co-star Sarah Jessica Parker about his illness while filming new spin-off And Just Like That
Before that, he’d only told Sarah Jessica Parker.
The actor, who played Stanford Blatch, the best friend of Sarah’s Carrie Bradshaw, died from pancreatic cancer in September at the age of 57.
He’s currently appearing in the new episodes of the show as Carrie, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) reunite without Samantha (Kim Cattrall, who is not returning).
Cynthia has opened up about working with Willie once more and how he kept his illness quiet on the set.
She told Deadline : “[Sarah] was the only one that knew he was sick when we were filming until things became undeniable and then we were told.
“Thankfully we were able to shoot with him not just before he was sick but after so it could be something we could discuss and listen to him about.
“I know that was very important for us and I think it was something that was important to him, too – not to be hiding that from us anymore.”
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Willie’s death was confirmed by his son Nathen in an emotional tribute.
He wrote on Instagram : “I love you so much papa. Rest in peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you.”
Fans of the show were left sobbing after seeing Willie on screen once again.
Cynthia said in another interview with Vanity Fair: “We’re also very grateful that we had a few days with him knowing that he was sick, and we could talk to him about it and he could talk to us about it. And that was a really important thing for all of us.”
Meanwhile, Samantha’s absence from the series was explained by the revelation her character had moved to London after falling out with the group.
Carrie said Samantha had “fired her as a friend” after she told her she no longer needed her as a publicist.