Julianna Margulies Talks Candidly About Working in Hollywood

During THR's annual Drama Actress Roundtable, 'The Good Wife' star discusses the narrow boundaries women in Hollywood face, and why her first big splurge was shampoo and conditioner.

The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies says she does draw a line when it comes to being offered roles ("no animal sex!"), questions whether her opinion truly matters on set and admits she has become a lot like her character on the CBS drama — all on The Hollywood Reporter’s Emmys 2016 Roundtable.

Margulies is one of six powerful drama actresses who dishes about the restrictions of being a woman in Hollywood, as well as on her first splurge after making it in the entertainment industry, at the roundtable.

“I get my first movie and they flew me out to L.A. and I didn’t know it was a first class ticket because I would’ve traded it in and gotten cash because I was so broke,” Margulies said. “When I got to the hotel, there was a wad of cash for the two weeks that I was going to be there and my heart started beating and I ran to the drugstore and I got Flex conditioner. Flex conditioner and Flex shampoo was the jam at that time.”

The Emmy-winner also opens up about how her character Alicia Florrick's sexual behavior is a journey she’s really proud of. “There is something great about seeing a woman in her 40s having sex with someone and not being inhibited,” she said. “It’s not about me, Julianna, it’s about the character. I’m doing it for her."

Read more about what Margulies and the rest of the cover stars think about nudity, women vs. men in Hollywood and more in THR's cover story.

More roundtables featuring comedy actresses, comedy and drama actors and reality hosts and producers will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables starting May 16, with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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