‘Sex and the City’ Star, John Corbett, Admits He Always Knew Carrie Would End up With Mr. Big

Sex and the City narrator, Carrie Bradshaw, had plenty of lovers during the show’s six-season run, but she only had two great loves. Carrie’s relationship with Mr. Big defined much of the series, but her love affair with Aidan Shaw was fascinating and intense in an entirely different way. Years after the series went off the air, fans are still debating whether Carrie belonged with Mr. Big or if Aidan was the right fit for the free-spirited writer. John Corbett played Aidan on the series, and he has an opinion. Corbett thinks Carrie ended up with exactly the right person. 

Most fans were happy to see Carrie Bradshaw end up with Mr. Big 

Most fans were happy to see Carrie and Mr. Big end up together, but that wasn’t the original plan. Mr. Big was based on a real person that Candace Bushnell, the author of Sex and the City, dated. Bushnell and the inspiration for Mr. Big, Ron Galotti, didn’t end up together, though. Galotti got married, left New York, and, presumably, hasn’t looked back.

Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big
Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big | Paramount Pictures/Newsmakers

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Bushnell admitted that she had assumed Mr. Big’s marriage to Natasha would be the last fans saw of him. After all, that’s how it played out in real life, more or less. By then, though, fans were too invested in Carrie and Big’s relationship to end it there. Darren Star, the man who created the HBO series, said that the show’s ending played too heavily into what fans wanted to see. 

John Corbett even thinks Carrie Bradshaw belonged with Mr. Big

While there is a portion of fans who strongly believe Aidan was the perfect person for Carrie, the actor who portrayed the character doesn’t agree. Corbett, in an interview with The Today Show in 2017, said that he always knew how the series was going to end, even as he was playing Carrie’s love interest. 

Aidan Shaw and Carrie Bradshaw share a kiss on Carrie's front steps
John Corbett as Aidan Shaw and Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw | Paramount Pictures/Newsmakers

When pressed on the topic, he told the audience that Mr. Big was the “New York” of men for Carrie, and someone like Carrie needed to be with New York. The sentiment was poignant and relatable. Carrie, herself, suggested Mr. Big was the Chrysler Building and that the Chrysler Building needed to be in New York when he revealed he was moving to California at the end of Season 4.  

Chris Noth has an opinion on Carrie and Mr. Big’s big love 

Corbett seemed resolute in his assessment of Carrie’s love life back in 2017, but perhaps his feelings would be different if a third film were to be made. Chris Noth, who portrayed Mr. Big for all six seasons of the series, has some strong feelings about how his character’s story played out on the series. 

Chris Noth as Mr. Big in 'Sex and the City: The Movie'
Chris Noth as Mr. Big | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

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In an interview with James Andrew Miller, Noth complained that the writers had gotten a little too sentimental for his liking. He said, “I really hate corny stuff, and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic. Like, the whole thing at the end of the movie in the shoe closet — hated it.” That doesn’t mean he doesn’t think Big and Carrie belonged together, though. Noth’s complaint is one shared by longtime fans. Mr. Big’s sudden grand gestures seemed very unlike old school, Mr. Big.