The actress of Che Díaz, Sara Ramírez, reveals that they contemplated suicide

and just like that… star Sara Ramirez opened up about a mental health crisis they faced during the early stages of the pandemic that resulted in the actor contemplating suicide.

Ramírez, who previously came out as non-binary, using they/them pronouns, spoke with Variety about the incident, as well as the polarizing fan reaction to the character Che Diaz on the revival show Sex and the City.

“I remember calling the National Suicide Hotline for the first time,” Ramirez, 46, told the publication in a cover interview that ran Wednesday.

Discloser: And just as Sara Ramírez reveals that they contemplated suicide in the midst of a mental health crisis during the pandemic and addresses the polarizing reaction to the character Che Díaz

Discloser: And just as Sara Ramírez reveals that they contemplated suicide in the midst of a mental health crisis during the pandemic and addresses the polarizing reaction to the character Che Díaz

I called some people, but their phones were off and I thought, “Well, there’s a hotline…”

‘This person really talked me off a ledge and put me back in my body. I could acknowledge my feelings without becoming them, and it was really helpful. I was particularly vulnerable at the time and reached out for support.”

“I got that support, but it was a really tough year where, for the most part, I had to let go of all attachments to staying in all directions.”

It is not clear what triggered the incident.

Fight: Ramirez, who previously came out as non-binary, using they/them pronouns, spoke to Variety about her mental health crisis

Fight: Ramirez, who previously came out as non-binary, using they/them pronouns, spoke to Variety about her mental health crisis

Glamor shoot: The Tony Award-winning actor looked stunning in the shoot

Glamor shoot: The Tony Award-winning actor looked stunning in the shoot

The Mexican-American actor and singer received a strong backlash from fans when he joined And Just Like That… last year, with many fans objecting to the character’s romance with Miranda Hobbes (played by Cynthia Nixon).

But Ramírez said they deliberately deflected from reading either the negative or positive reactions. “Other people’s opinions of a character, that’s not something I can allow in my process,” they told the publication.

The show’s finale saw Che leave New York for Los Angeles to film a TV show, with Miranda ready to follow her there.

Teasing details about the second season, Ramirez said, “Season one was judging a book by its cover, and season 2 is about reading the book.”

The crux of the matter: Ramirez sported red makeup with a heart silhouette on her face.

The crux of the matter: Ramirez sported red makeup with a heart silhouette on her face.

Blocking him: Ramírez said that they deliberately deflected from reading any of the negative or positive reactions to the character Che Díaz.

Blocking him: Ramírez said that they deliberately deflected from reading any of the negative or positive reactions to the character Che Díaz.

Elsewhere in the cover interview, Cynthia Nixon, who came out as a lesbian in 2004, also contributed some quotes about the fan reaction to Miranda leaving Steve for a queer relationship.

Director Michael Patrick King is said to have asked her ‘Do you want Miranda to be a fag or not?’ to which Nixon replied: ‘Sure, why not!’

Nixon reasoned that Miranda “had a lot of queer, frankly lesbian qualities about her”, and that the character was “a stand-in for the gay woman we didn’t have”.

Referencing Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha, who was in a lesbian relationship in the original show’s fourth season, she said, “I think Samantha was a different kind of queer.”

Controversy: The character of Sara Ramírez caused a stir among the staunch fans of Sex and the City

Controversy: The character of Sara Ramírez caused a stir among the staunch fans of Sex and the City

King also spoke to Variety for the cover story and revealed, “One of my burning passions about Season 2 is Che.”

And he added: ‘I want to show the dimension of Che that people did not see, for whatever reason, because they were blinded, out of fear or terror. I want to show more of Che and not less of Che. Like really.’

He also shared an anecdote from his friend, filmmaker Gregg Araki, who apparently asked him, “How does it feel to have created the most controversial character in all 5,000 shows on TV?”

King has previously marveled at the hot topic of Che and the show, particularly when there are so many shows flooding the streaming market.

Araki, director of Smiley Face starring Anna Faris, noted that there are some shows that have ‘Vikings drinking children’s blood’, but ‘what everyone is worried about is a non-binary comedian today.’

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