Emmys 2012: 'The Good Wife's' Archie Panjabi Excited for Fans to Meet Kalinda's Husband

The actress celebrated her third nomination while getting her "hair and makeup done" early Thursday and expressed excitement over the new season.
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It was a bit of good news, bad news for The Good Wife.

The CBS drama received seven nominations Thursday, but was shut out of the drama series category -- which was dominated by cable's Boardwalk Empire, Homeland and Mad Men. Several of The Good Wife's supporting players recognized last year, Alan Cumming and Josh Charles, were similarly out of the picture in the supporting drama actor race. But one constant was Archie Panjabi, who received her third straight nomination.

"I was having my hair and makeup done and all the hair and makeup people are all very close friends of mine. The news came, I just jumped for joy," Panjabi recalls to The Hollywood Reporter. "I was really happy. Everybody had a very big group hug."

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Panjabi, who surprised everyone by winning an Emmy for her portrayal of Kalinda Sharma, laughed off the notion that nominations are old hat for her.

"The Academy is the people that vote, people from the industry so even after winning the Emmy in 2010, you can never take it for granted that you would ever get a nomination in your life. Period," she says. "To receive that nomination, I am ecstatic for them for recognizing my work on what I consider to be a very very special production so I am very grateful."

For Panjabi, Kalinda's arc at the tail-end of season three wasn't easy to execute.

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"I felt last season, particularly towards the end, the stuff that [the writers] gave me was emotionally very challenging and taking Kalinda into an area we've never been to. As an actress, I was taken out of my comfort zone," adds Panjabi. "We see her being vulnerable, we see her being fearful which are areas we very rarely see in Kalinda. It's that very challenge that excites me."

A key piece missing from Kalinda's back story will be filled in when season four kicks off Sept. 30, that of her potentially dangerous husband (played by Marc Warren).

"I think the stuff with him is exciting, edgy and extremely entertaining, so I look forward to seeing the audience's reaction 'cause everything you do with Kalinda is such a risk," Panjabi, who has shot three episodes with Warren, "you never know how the audience will react."

Panjabi also praised the recognition recurring guest players like Martha Plimpton, Michael J. Fox and Dylan Baker as well as casting director Mark Saks received.

"It's really nice to see the show as a whole, three years on, is still receiving quite a number of nominations and that's a huge credit considering it's a network TV show," she says.