Q&A: Julianna Margulies
The Hollywood Reporter: The life of your character, Alicia Florrick, is lived in public. Is yours?
Julianna Margulies: There's not a lot of my own personal life that's out there, except that I have a baby and a husband (attorney Keith Lieberthal) and I'm happy. My husband and I take tremendous pains to make sure our son is never photographed--and he usually isn't. As much as I have to do publicity, I try my hardest to talk about the work.
THR: Your husband's a trial attorney?
Margulies: My husband is now general counsel for a clothing company. He was a Wall Street litigator and he knew that if he wanted to see his family, litigation wasn't the way to go.
THR: Does he critique the show?
Margulies: Not really. He loves it. There are moments when he'll say, "Oh, that wouldn't have taken 20 minutes," and I'm like, "Yeah, but we have to finish the case!"
THR: Were you surprised the show received immediate praise?
Margulies: My initial surprise was that the network picked it up. I felt that network television had mostly embraced reality TV or franchise shows with a formulaic approach. As much as I thought the writers were trying to incorporate a procedural, Alicia was a very complex character in a multilayered, dramatic series.
THR: How do you stay connected to that character?
Margulies: With television, you have to be OK with not knowing the answers to everything and relying on your acting chops to find the flow of a scene. I had such a great training-ground in "ER," because it was so fast. I had to rely on gut instincts.
THR: "The Good Wife" wasn't your only TV credit last year. You also did "Sesame Street."
Margulies: Yes! Now that I have a kid, I watch it with him and I can't believe how many people are on it--Robert De Niro did "Sesame Street"! It was wonderful--just Big Bird and me. I was a doctor and fixed his wing. It took exactly an hour and I was home.