30 Celebrities You Forgot Were On Sex And The City

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It's been 20 years since Sex and the City, a little HBO show about four women in Manhattan, completely revolutionized how women talk about sex, consume fashion, and express their independence. And while there are many aspects of the show that have not aged well — the heteronormative plot lines and nearly all-white cast, to name a couple — it was undeniably groundbreaking for its time.
The show went on to make the careers of its leading ladies, making Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon household names. But if you re-watch the show as many times as we have, you'll notice some familiar faces you might not have caught before. Turns out, the SATC casting director had a true eye for talent, casting future mega-stars like Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and Justin Theroux in minor supporting roles. Theroux was even cast a second time as a completely different character.
The HBO series was also a fun guest star gig for big stars at the time: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Lucy Liu all made appearances.
Ahead, see the surprising celebrities you forgot were on the defining late '90s and early aughts show — and see if you can spot that fun Spice Girls cameo.
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Bradley Cooper

A long-haired Cooper is a sight for sore eyes in his first onscreen role.
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Justin Theroux

Theroux appeared as Jared, a pretentious and conceited writer who tries to chat up Carrie AND as Vaughn Wysel, a different writer Carrie is dating in season 1.
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Will Arnett

Arnett's Jack is into sex with Miranda. Lots and lots of public sex with Miranda.
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Elizabeth Banks

Banks is the lovable fiancée of a politician.
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Matthew McConaughey

Alright, alright, alright! McConaughey plays himself and ups that famous southern drawl.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar

The actress was still the leading lady of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when she appeared in this season 3 episode.
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Vince Vaughn

Umm, hi bae!
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Margaret Cho

Remember that famous Carrie catwalk episode? Well, Cho's character was responsible for it.
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Lucy Liu

Liu plays herself and really sticks it to Samantha.
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Kristen Johnston

Talk about an exit.
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David Duchovny

In which Carrie finds out some important information about the man she's dating.
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Jennifer Coolidge

"Owning a hot glue gun does not make you a hot purse designer." — Samantha
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Geri Halliwell

It's always fun when a Spice Girl drops by.
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Jon Bon Jovi

Prepare for the most charming few minutes of your life.
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Chandra Wilson

Before Grey's Anatomy, Wilson was patrolling the streets of New York.
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Alanis Morissette

The singer plants a kiss on Carrie during an adult version of spin the bottle.
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Andy Cohen

Of course the BFFs would bond over shoes.
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Kat Dennings

Dennings plays the most obnoxious 13-year-old Samantha has ever met.
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Bobby Cannavale

He of the famous "funkiest tasting spunk" scene.
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Heidi Klum

What's a show about Manhattan and fashion without the occasional supermodel appearance?
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Lin-Manuel Miranda

The other Miranda.
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Donald Trump

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John Slattery

If you sprinkle while you tinkle...you know the rest.
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Hugh Hefner

Hefner and three blondes.
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Carrie Fisher

When Carrie met Carrie.
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Bridget Moynahan

Mr. Big was an asshole to Carrie AND to Natasha (HIS WIFE)!
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Alan Cumming

This scene is just adorable.
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Ron Livingston

We can only imagine what the Berger breakup did for Post-It sales.

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