LYNNE O’NEILL

LYNNE O’NEILL

THE DARREN STAR TREATMENT

Fashion show director/producer Lynne O’Neill — the Executive Producer of this month’s Honolulu Fashion Week — recalls how her likeness inspired an iconic “Sex and the City” cameo.

“I’ve produced and directed around 700 fashion shows over the past 35 years, and, in 2001, consulted on the runway show scene in the ‘Sex and the City’ episode, The Real Me.

I met Executive Producer Michael Patrick King, who attended some of my New York Fashion Week shows, but it wasn’t until I saw a synopsis of the script that I found out he had included me as a character in it.

Sarah Jessica Parker, as Carrie Bradshaw, practices her runway walk on the “Sex and the City” episode, The Real Me; all other photographs by Eli Schmidt

Margaret Cho played my hard-edged, uncensored alter-ego, Lynne Camron.

As Darren Star, the show’s creator, warned, ‘this is a potty-mouthed version of you.’

I first met Margaret while she was rehearsing a scene dressed in a very conservative, black outfit. She took one look at my head-to-toe Comme des Garçons and asked if I’d wear what she was wearing.

I was standing next to Michael Patrick, so I had to say yes, even though I didn’t mean it.

Later that day, after rehearsing another scene, everyone on set gave Margaret a standing ovation.

She immediately looked over at me from across the room and flashed a victorious smile while giving two thumbs up.

I saw the finished episode at the show’s season premiere party in New York City, but it never even struck me I was being immortalized in a landmark television series until I heard it from friends years later.

— as told to The Thick

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