It’s been a good morning for Julianna Margulies. Her hit CBS procedural The Good Wife snagged nine Emmy nominations, including drama series, lead actress (that’s her!), and supporting actress (for Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski). In this brief Q&A, Margulies reacts to all the Emmy love, bemoans some glaring omissions, and offers a non-spoilery preview of season 2.
Congrats! Must be nice to see so many of your costars nominated alongside you.
JULIANNA MARGULIES: Listen, if Josh Charles, Chris Noth, and Matt Czuchry had been nominated, then my feet wouldn’t be touching the ground. But I’ll take what I can get. And I have to tell you that I am so over the moon that Archie, Christine, Alan Cumming, and Dylan Baker all got nominated. Over the moon. But the biggest feat was the fact that [exec producers] Robert and Michelle King got nominated and the show got nominated. It’s a little dream come true for us because I think with a network show, a freshman show, a show that none of us thought would be picked up, it’s just a beautiful moment for all of us.
Who have you spoken to from the cast this morning?
MARGULIES: We’ve only been e-mailing each other because literally right after I learned I was nominated I’ve been talking to reporters. So, I will be calling all my castmates the second I get off the phone.
Does this add more pressure to season 2?
MARGULIES: I actually think it’s a boost of confidence more than pressure. I know the pressure will be to keep it in the same vein, to make sure that it remains a quality show, and that we don’t get lazy. But that would happen with or without a nomination. I think the only pressure that we’re all feeling is to make sure that the same energy and infusion of excitement in the first season comes to the second season. You know, the first season of any show is always a little bit tumultuous because it’s just uncharted territory. So, I think now, with this boost of confidence, on top of our great [premise]—we have a procedural with a personal story line and a political edge, so we really have our pick of story lines. It’s such a juicy idea that I’m hoping with the second season, it’ll become even more dynamic.
When do you go back into production?
MARGULIES: Well, I’m going for my wardrobe fitting today, and then we start next week!
And have you read the first script?
MARGULIES: No, and I think they were smart. I think they decided not to let the script out until after all of this brouhaha because I think I would spill some beans in all my excitement, and now I just can’t because I truly have no idea.