Julianna Margulies: I Was Cast in 'Good Wife' After Two Actresses Passed (Video)

After learning she was "sloppy thirds" following offers to Helen Hunt and Ashley Judd, the actress almost decided not to take the role in the hit CBS drama.

It's tough beign sloppy seconds. But sloppy thirds?

That's how Julianna Margulies jokingly describes herself regarding her role in CBS' The Good Wife, which she landed after Helen Hunt and Ashley Judd passed.

"I wanted to hate it, because you know, "F-- you! You didn't want me to begin with,' " she says. "The [Good Wife] writers always say: 'No, we always wanted you. It's just the studio wanted Helen Hunt!' But my agent said a great thing: 'No one will know when they watch this show that Helen Hunt was offered it before you.' "

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