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Not Worshipping Nancy Reagan Helped me Understand Her Character: Cynthia Nixon

Press Trust Of India

First published: October 7, 2016, 1:43 PM IST | Updated: October 7, 2016
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Not Worshipping Nancy Reagan Helped me Understand Her Character: Cynthia Nixon
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Los Angeles: Sex & the City star Cynthia Nixon says she found it easy portraying Nancy Reagan in new TV movie Killing Reagan because she wasn't a big fan of the woman or her husband.

The actress surprised many when she signed on to play the late First Lady in director Jon Lurie's retelling of the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, because she's such a staunch Democrat - and the Reagans were
Republicans.

But Nixon said the fact that she didn't worship Nancy from afar helped her get into the role, reported Entertainment Tonight.

"In some ways maybe it's harder to play someone you actually worship because you feel the distance between you and
them is so great," she said.

"There's liking someone and then there's disapproving of them. Let's say you're playing a character that you disapprove of - one of the dangers is that you condescend to that character and you do a more caricature-y version of them because you don't respect them."

It's not the first time the actress has portrayed a First Lady - she played Eleanor Roosevelt in the 2005 TV movie Warm Springs.

Killing Reagan, the adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency, will air in America later this month. Tim Matheson portrays Ronald Reagan in the TV movie.

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