14 Times Samantha Jones Was the Most Iconic 'Sex and the City' Character
Kim Cattrall is coming back!
When Kim Cattrall gave a hard no to returning to the And Just Like That... reboot of Sex and the City, fans mourned the loss of one of the most iconic characters in television history, Samantha Jones.
Samantha was a strong-willed and sex-positive character whom Cattrall said would "live forever in DVD land" when the reboot was initially happening.
However, things have changed, as Samantha Jones is slated to make an appearance in the season finale of the upcoming second season of And Just Like That...
To celebrate, we've put together a list of Samantha's 14 most iconic and memorable moments and storylines from the original show!
Her brazen sexual nature
From jump, Samantha Jones presented herself as a sexy and confident woman who could essentially have sex with anybody she wanted. With a partner list that would make Blanche Devereaux blush, Samantha's brazen sexual nature proved that women could enjoy sex just as much as anybody else.
When she boldly declared herself as a "try-sexual"
Right off the bat, in the first episode of season one, Samantha lets us know of her sexual nature mentioned above when she declared herself a "try-sexual," which clued us in to her adventurous sexual spirit from the start.
When she essentially coined the term "pansexual"
Okay, we know she didn't actually coin the term IRL (that honor is usually attributed to Shulasmith Firestone), but Samantha Jones was still way ahead of her time, knowing that the new millennium would be less about labels and more about just loving whoever you wanted to love. Prior to the term gaining popularity, Samantha introduced viewers to the term "pansexual" and manifested that into reality.
The way she owns her own skin
When Samantha Jones wants a man (or a woman), Samantha Jones gets what she wants. Part of that comes from her confidence, which exudes every time she graces the screen. She knows her own worth and value, and she lets that be a defining aspect of her personality.
When she doesn't let age stop her from being sexy
Adding on to that confidence, Samantha not only ages gracefully, but embraces her age as she gets older. When a store clerk attempted to get her to buy a more "modest" dress, she reminded the clerk who the boss was and wore exactly what she wanted.
When she doesn't let breast cancer stop her
Samantha's breast cancer came as a shock and was one of the more emotional storylines we watched her go through in the series. That said, not even cancer could stop her from living her best life and simply being who she is, and she ultimately beat the cancer in the end.
When she's confronted with her intimacy issues and briefly dates a woman
In the sixth season, Samantha briefly dates a woman, Maria, whom she said was "someone she actually liked." She met her at Charlotte's gallery and entered a relationship with her, proudly proclaiming herself as a lesbian when she informed the rest of the group.
When she fights HIV stigma by getting a test
Truthfully, these days, Samantha would likely be the one convincing her friends to get tested to stay on top of their sexual health, but it took her some convincing to go get an HIV test in season 3. As this was a time long before PrEP and with HIV still being stigmatized, Samantha following through with the test helped fight the stigma to prove that being sexually positive doesn't always result in terrible consequences, but it's important to know your status all the same.
When she did a naked photoshoot for herself (and herself only)
Talk about being confident and owning your skin. When Samantha has a naked photoshoot in season four, it wasn't for anybody but her — and that's a confidence we all need to carry. She teaches us that, although it's fun to love men and play around with them, there's no need to have their approval for anything.
"I love you, but I love me more"
One of the best lines that ever came out of her mouth. It's important to love whoever you're with, of course, but the most important thing you could ever love in this life is yourself, and her love of herself is exactly what we love so much about her.
Her use of the word "fabulous"
She's just too fabulous for this world.
When she shuts down slut shaming
Samantha's sexual nature is a main focus of her personality, but she refuses to let anybody shame or demean her for doing what she loves. After Carrie walks in on her going down on a delivery guy, she reminds her that she can do whatever — and whomever — she wants so long as she's alive.
Her understanding of the gay community
Samantha basically thinks she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body as it is, and she understands exactly what's important: clothes, compliments, and cocks.
Her general "IDGAF" attitude
We can all learn a little something from Samantha, whether it's embracing our sexual nature, being confident in our own skin, or generally just not caring about what anybody else thinks. She's an icon, a role model, and a status all within herself, and whether it's one scene or one hundred, we can't wait to have her back.