Hilary Duff and Kim Cattrall Had a ‘Sex and the City’ Connection Before ‘How I Met Your Father’

Hilary Duff and Kim Cattrall didn’t meet for the first time on the How I Met Your Father setIn fact, they were photographed as far back as 2003 during the Toronto International Film Festival, chatting it up like old pals. 

The Sex and the City star and Lizzie McGuire actor are connected via one person. And Duff has only nice things to say about the woman she shares the role of Sophie with.

Hilary Duff and Kim Cattrall have both starred in one of Darren Star’s creations

(L-R): Hilary Duff and Kim Cattrall looking at each other
Hilary Duff and Kim Cattrall met years before ‘How I Met Your Father’ | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

The Sex and the City link between Duff and Cattrall is none other than TV writer and producer Darren Star. Star created Sex and the City, which premiered in 1998. The series helped elevate the careers of its stars, including Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones

Almost 20 years later, Star would create another hit series: Younger. In this hit series, Duff took on the role of Kelsey Peters, alongside stars like Sutton Foster (Liza Miller), Debi Mazar (Maggie), and Nico Tortorella (Josh). 

Star’s work is celebrated in the TV industry. Sex and the City earned many award show nominations, scoring several Primetime Emmys. Younger also earned him another 14 nominations for notable awards. 

The actors share a character in ‘How I Met Your Father’

In the HIMYM spinoff How I Met Your FatherDuff’s Sophie is the show’s central character, just like Ted was in the original. Following suit, the 2022 series showcases happy couples and singletons like Sophie who are just looking for love. 

The most significant difference is the role of the lead’s future self. In the original, Bob Saget narrated Ted’s story as his older self looking back, but viewers didn’t get brief clips of the actor throughout. On the other hand, HIMYF highlights Cattrall as the older version of Sophie in the pilot, suggesting viewers will see much more of her in the series.

Hilary Duff thinks Cattrall is ‘elegant’ and ‘clever’

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Duff said the experience was “overwhelming” to hear that Cattrall would play the older Sophie. She instantly questioned herself, “Am I worthy? I don’t know!”

“The name came out, and I was like, ‘Oh, I can totally see that,'” Duff continued. “When she said yes, I mean that was just a big day…We had a little bit of time, [but] when we heard it was a go, I think all of us had a little happy dance that we just had to do.”

“It was such a great name to add to the show,” the Younger star praised. “She’s just so elegant and like soothing and calm. Like, when she talks, we’re like, ‘ Oh my god, Sophie figured her life out. She got it together.’ And she’s also cool and funny… She’s warm, open, and clever. It was really cool to see her step into it.”

Since the part of Sophie would be so dramatically different from Samantha Jones, it will be great to see this new side of her. It seems the cast is confident she’s perfect for the role.

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