John Corbett is back in New York. He’s here to talk “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” but being here means reminiscing about another undying phenomenon in which he played a romantic lead: his stint as Aidan, Carrie Bradshaw’s on-off boyfriend on “Sex and the City” from 2000 to 2001.
“I lived in a little apartment on 66th and Broadway,” Corbett wistfully recalls. “I had a nice little balcony that overlooked Juilliard. I was single and I walked the city and I got drunk at night.” Because he was just playing a boyfriend, he would often have four or five days off a week, all while the four leads worked constantly. “It was a great time. I’ll be 55 soon. I remember turning 40 here.” (He also remembers leaving the city after his last day the day before September 11, so there’s that, too.)
Corbett is a fixture of films and shows revolving around female characters: not just the “Greek Wedding” films and “Sex and the City,” but also “United States of Tara,” even the Kate Hudson vehicle “Raising Helen.” Right now he’s a co-lead on the FX show “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” opposite Denis Leary, which is super-macho.
“When I show up on set, Denis says, ‘Look who it is: It’s America’s a—hole and American’s boyfriend!’” Corbett says.
He’s fine with being called that, and he points out that he hasn’t been called on to play many villains. He’s fine with that, too.
“I’m not an actor who’s dying to show his range,” Corbett admits. “I could care less on lots of levels. I didn’t always feel that way. I remember reading that Marlon Brando didn’t see things he had done. I found that so hard to believe when I was starting out. I’d see f—ing anything I did, three times. But I totally get it now. There’s some things I never bothered to go see. It just happens as you get older.”