Sam Smith will apparently be making some sort of appearance in the second season of HBO Max’s And Just Like That…
On Wednesday, the Grammy-winning singer posted two photos from the set of the Sex and the City reboot to their official Instagram account.
“Up to something unholy on set,” Smith captioned the pics, with the show’s official Instagram tagged.
Unfortunately, the photos don’t reveal much about the nonbinary singer’s role in the new season. One shows Smith peeking out of a trailer and flashing a peace sign. In the other, they’re seated outside the trailer in a director’s chair wearing sunglasses and a chunky grey sweater with a huge pink pocket — a notably subdued look both for Smith and for a show known for its outrageous fashion.
As PinkNews notes, Smith is a friend of the show’s star and executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker, who interviewed them for V Magazine in 2018.
Smith has been spending more time in New York recently, following their historic win and controversial performance with Kim Petras at the 2023 Grammys. Earlier this year, they opened up about feeling freer to dress as they like and be themself in New York, compared to London, where they say people have spat at them in the street since coming out as nonbinary in 2019. But recently, video emerged of an unhinged woman hurling anti-LGBTQ+ slurs at Smith in Central Park.
Smith is not the first nonbinary actor to appear in And Just Like That… The show’s first season introduced a new character, comedian and podcaster Che Díaz, played by nonbinary Grey’s Anatomy alum Sara Ramírez, as part of its efforts to diversify the original series’ entirely white and cisgender cast. The character proved unpopular though, even with queer and trans fans who criticized, well, pretty much everything about them, from their terrible comedy and nonsensical podcast to their relationship with Cynthia Nixon’s character, Miranda.
Díaz even inspired a ton of memes, most notably one in which the character’s very name sparks fear.
Here’s hoping Smith’s character fares better than Che!