It was her mother, a devout Baptist, who introduced Harriet —who uses her middle name because a Hannah Hayes was already on the rolls of the Screen Actors Guild — to Christianity, taking her to church every Sunday.
By the age of six, Harriet was able to quote entire passages of scripture.
The character is loosely based on actress Kristin Chenoweth (who had dated Studio 60 creator Aaron Sorkin and starred in Sorkin's previous series, The West Wing, after Sorkin had left it); I think a lot of people thought, 'Oh, that's Kristin.' But it wasn't — it was very loosely based on me.
It was difficult for me seeing the character doing things like not believing in gay rights when I so do.
It's weird to see fights played out on TV that we had, but it was also an honor. He said 'I think you're one of the most wonderfully complicated fantastic women, and I think there's a character here.
Can I loosely '— and that's the key word, loosely —' base a character on you? Hayes describes much of her personal history to Vanity Fair journalist Martha O'Dell in "The Long Lead Story".
"Of course I want one," the former Sex and the City star has said about a relationship. But it's hard to find, just like it is for everyone else.
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“At the moment the two of them are just having fun together,” says one friend of the couple.
“She’s focused on raising her daughter, Gemma, and he’s working on his show.” Davis, who starred on "Sex and the City," began dating Sorkin, the man behind "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom," in the spring, with news of their relationship making headlines in May.
Before dating dated actress Kristin Chenoweth for several years.
Prior to that, he was married to Julia Bingham from 1996 to 2005. Kristin, who has never been married, adopted her first daughter, Gemma Rose, in 2011.
"They have actually known each other a while through mutual friends and would sometimes bump into one another at industry events, but it has only just turned into something more." Davis and Sorkin confirmed the dating rumors when they filled the red carpet with PDA at the premiere of "The Newsroom" in June.