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Sex and the City Producers Reveal How Mr. Big Got His Name

Whether you were a dedicated Sex and the City fan or not, you're probably familiar with the name Mr. Big.

He was Carrie’s longtime love interest who appeared consistently throughout the show’s run. But only die-hard SATC fans know Mr. Big’s real name. It’s John, and we had to wait until the very end of the show to learn it. The reveal comes when Carrie looks at her phone and the name “John” is flashing on the screen just as the series is about to come to a close.

Now one of the show’s producers is speaking out about where exactly the character’s real name came from.

Executive Producer Michael Patrick King tells Entertainment Weekly that the choice was a fairly natural one. “

I just went, ‘John.' I told all the writers and they were like, ‘What the hell?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, we have to say his name, because now he’s real.' If I was giving him a name, I wanted it to be the most generic, American, almost pilgrim name,” he said. “It’s just John.”

Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth star in "Sex And The City" ("Evolution" episode). 1999 Paramount Pictures

Whether you were team Aidan or Team Big, you have to admit that the moment you found out Big’s legal moniker was a crucial one in your fandom.

 

Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.