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CHRIS NOTH
Noth at last year’s Boisdale Cigar
Smoker of the Year awards. Top
left: Noth with (from left) Ambhar
Tequila founder Jaime Celorio,
cigar impressario Daniel Marshall,
and Boisdale’s Ranald Macdonald
“You guys have
Brexit; we’ve got
Trump. We all
have our problems
– but we all need
tequila!”
and delicious, and I don’t get hangovers
after drinking it. So I figured, ‘why not?’”
He does seem impressively bright-eyed
after the previous evening’s celebrations,
while my head is pounding. But does he see
any rivalry between himself and another
tequila-producing silver fox, George Clooney
– co-owner of the Casamigos brand?
“He broke the glass ceiling, but I don’t
drink his – I doubt it’s as good as mine,” he
laughs. For Ambhar, he says, the emphasis
is firmly on quality: made in small batches
from 100 per cent blue agave, it’s a
connoisseur tipple. “I want to change the
perception of tequila and offer people an
ultra-premium spirit. Ambhar is the first
tequila I’m excited about drinking and trust
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me, I’ve drank a lot of it.”
Talk of Mexican spirit brings up the
subject of Donald Trump’s plans for a
border wall – though Noth says that, right
now, he’s relieved to be away from all that.
“The wall? F__k no! You guys have
Brexit, we’ve got Trump. We all have our
problems, but we all need tequila!”
You said it, Chris. The conversation
moves on, somehow, to the last US
president to face impeachment
proceedings. “Bill Clinton got screwed by
political correctness,” Noth says. “There are
no perfect human beings. The worst is the
mistrust between men and women.”
Noth, it turns out, once had his own
run-in with the famed casting couch.
“A female casting director once
propositioned me, I just got the fuck out the
hotel room. She was unattractive... I might
have had she been hot, I am a Scorpio after
all…” he says. At that moment his publicist
tells us the interview is over and ushers him
back into the bar. “See ya later, kid,” he
says, shaking my hand before he disappears
back into the room, those broad shoulders
slowly enveloped by the baying mob of
adoring women. I keep onto the butter dish
as a memento.
G E TT Y
at Yale to study drama, before landing roles
in Hill Street Blues and Law & Order, finally
hitting the big time in Sex & The City. He
now lives in New York with his wife Tara
Wilson, and their ten year old son Orion.
I’ve been warned not to ask about Sex &
the City – like that would happen, but
inevitably the subject comes up and Noth
talks willingly about the feud between the
show’s female stars, Sarah Jessica Parker
and Kim Cattrall, that had erupted months
before. Cattrall, who played nymphomaniac
Sam on the show, publicly lambasted
Parker for offering her condolences after
Cattrall’s brother died. Writing on
Instagram, she told Parker to ‘stop
exploiting our tragedy to maintain your
nice girl persona’.
Noth is exasperated. “The gossip
surrounding the Sex & the City girls is all
bullshit. I know that. People get bored and
they have to make up stuff,” he says. “What
Kim did was unfair, but I think that came out
of resentment that surfaced after the show
wrapped. I was on the show for six years, I
never saw a drop of that between them.”
When Sex & the City ended, Noth
appeared as Peter Florrick, the ‘bad
husband’ to Juliana Margulies’ titular Good
Wife in the CBS political drama.
At the time of our meeting he’s preparing
to star opposite Isabelle Huppert in an
Off-Broadway production of Florian
Zeller’s play, The Mother (the play, earlier
this year, received mixed reviews).
But his chief focus he says, is his
premium tequila brand Ambhar, for which
he became the majority shareholder in
September 2018. So why would he want to
enter the tequila business?
“A friend of the owner brought a bottle
over and we drank it, and I was like ‘this is
fucking good’, this is the type of tequila I
can have a cigar to,” he says. “It’s smooth





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