Carrie Bradshaw enjoyed a series
of torrid flings and committed romances during six seasons of Sex
City, but none proved more lasting (or
frustratingly complicated) than her on-again, off-again relationship with John
James Preston, better known as Mr. Big.
As mysterious as he is emotionally
unattainable, Big is everything that his larger-than-life moniker implies –
cool, supremely self-confident and wildly successful, with an insatiable
appetite for expensive cigars, Armani suits and, ultimately, Ms. Bradshaw, whom
he wins back for the umpteenth time during a fortuitous rendezvous in Paris.
So how would a man with such
sophisticated tastes (and a seemingly unlimited budget to match) envision the
perfect date? Just ask the man who knows him best: actor Chris Noth, the
ruggedly handsome Wisconsin native who scored his career-defining role on Sex after a celebrated five-year stint on NBC’s Law &
“It would certainly be different
than mine,” he says. “His romantic sensibilities are kind of corny. For him, a
carriage ride through Central Park on a spring night would be incredibly
romantic. To me, that’s tourist crap. But Big would say, ‘Pack your bags, we’re
going to Rome for the weekend,’ and he’d take Carrie to some amazing restaurant
she’s never heard of for a candlelit dinner. He likes grand, expensive
gestures. He likes to sweep a woman off her feet.”
For Noth, who met longtime
girlfriend Tara Wilson at his New York bar, The Cutting Room, date nights are a
much less elaborate affair. At 53, he welcomed a son, Orion Christopher, in
January, and between juggling his paternal duties with Wilson, who lives in Los
Angeles, and his hectic filming schedule – his latest Dick Wolf-produced crime
drama, Law & Order: Criminal Intent,
is currently shooting in Manhattan – there’s not much time for romantic
getaways to the Eternal City.
Still, Noth doesn’t
out the possibility.
“Going to Rome? That’s something I
would enjoy too, just as soon as I get paid,” he says with a gruff chuckle.
“I’m a little more grounded in my romanticism these days, to be honest. But the
idea of an unexpected trip to a beautiful city, that certainly appeals to me,
and to Big.”