Nixon, who played Miranda in the film and TV franchise, recalled her reaction to the fans' reactions in an interview on The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday. President Trump's astonishing election win also partly inspired her run.
New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has cited the exclusion of a black female legislative leader from the state's budget negotiations as an example of where the Democratic Party needs to improve when it comes to promoting women leaders.
When the subject on the show turned to the legalization of marijuana, Nixon said she was "absolutely" for it.
Still, she adds with a laugh, "We love the clothes!" (All right, fine, the pair did discuss shoes - but only for a moment.) After quickly dispensing with the small talk, Williams, known for her no-holds-barred celebrity interviews, was all business.
"People talk a lot to me about being a celebrity entering this race, but I have to say when Andrew Cuomo ran eight years ago, he was a celebrity because he was the son of Mario Cuomo. and I think that for me, I am running as a New Yorker".
Nixon, who has never held an elected office, is challenging Cuomo for the Democratic Party nomination in September's primary. "We have such an appetite now, that's why I'm running. I'm running as a New York City subway rider; that's enough to make anyone want to run nowadays!"
Williams also brought up the recent police-involved shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California, asking Nixon, "Is this a black man thing?"
"They are the cornerstone, the backbone of the Democratic Party", Nixon said.
"If we don't like the direction our government is going in, we have to step up", Nixon said.
Williams then asked a pointed question that perhaps underscored Nixon's decision to appear on the former shock jock's show in the first place: "How can black women help you become governor?"