'Good Wife' scoop: Christine Baranski hoping for a younger love interest -- and has her eye on Hugh Grant

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Cameras started rolling on the third season of CBS's The Good Wife today, and while Christine Baranski, who just scored her second supporting actress Emmy nomination for the role of Diane -- her ninth career Emmy nod -- won't begin shooting until next week, she tells EW she's already hard at work on the show's casting director Mark Saks. "You may see another involvement with a guy, maybe a younger love interest. I don't know. I don't know," she says nonchalantly when asked what awaits Diane this fall. Her ideal beau? "You know what I keep whispering in Mark Saks' ear, because these English guys are now coming across the pond to do things, like Jeremy [Irons]

did Law & Order: SVU, I would love Hugh Grant,” she says, almost giggling. “He’s my dream. It would be wonderful to have cocktails with Hugh Grant.” After we give our approval, she continues. “He’s a little younger, but not so young where you go, oh come on,” she says of their eight-year age difference. “And he’s so witty. I could see Diane Lockhart mixing it up with a Hugh Grant-type. It would be heavenly.” 

As for what’s definitely in Diane’s future, look for her to show more ambition in season 3. “My idea, which the writers also had in their head before I even discussed it with them, was that Diane will become more involved in politics,” Baranski says, “because let us remember this show takes place in Chicago, and Obama’s presidential campaign is going to be based in Chicago and Rahm Emanuel is now mayor. So there’s a lot going on politically this year, and I think Diane, being this kind of passionate supporter of liberal causes, will be very much involved, maybe get her hands dirty in politics, and maybe have a bit more mixing up to do with Eli Gold, which I hope, because Alan Cumming is so much fun on- and off-camera.”

With the show earning a total of nine Emmy nominations on Thursday – for the series, Julianna Margulies, Archie Panjabi, Baranski, Josh Charles, Cumming, guest star Michael J. Fox, as well as Saks and director of photography Fred Murphy — the cast was definitely a happy one at yesterday’s pre-season CBS photo shoot. Since we always love a good “how did you hear about your Emmy nomination?” story, here’s Baranski’s: “It’s so funny. I had to be in the car by nine, and I think the phone call came in at about ten of nine, but I didn’t hear the ring because the water was running, because I had this white clay mask on my face and I was flossing. So that’s a very glamorous way to get the news,” she says. “When I finished, I got to my phone and saw a message from my manager, and I could hear from her tone of voice that she was happy and wanted me to call back.”

As appreciative as she is for the show’s nominations, there’s one more she’d like to have seen: “You know, the show won a Peabody Award, and [creators] Robert and Michelle King, I just think that their work is superlative. It pained me that they did not get a nomination for their writing. I think we’re all hanging onto their coattails, because that’s the first thing anybody says about the show is how well-written it is,” she says. “I just want to put in a word of gratitude and tribute to them whenever possible.”

Read more:
Emmys: Josh Charles talks first Emmy nomination — and friendly trash talk with fellow nominee Peter Dinklage
Alan Cumming talks Eli in the Spoiler Room

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  • Olivia

    I am wholly in favor of a Hugh Grant/Christine Baranski pairing. If HG was talking to about doing a US series, and apparently he’s interested, this would be a great way for him to “try it on,” so to speak.

    • MiaS

      I second that Olivia.
      Christine picked out the perfect guy for her character!

  • Kara

    What a classy lady. Love seeing people with actual talent who still know who to thank and are so grateful for where they are

  • googie

    Talented actress, love her!

  • MiaS

    Christine is correct about the writing-TGW is the best written drama on TV right now. Can’t believe they didn’t get a nod.
    LOVE CHRISTINE AND HER CHARACTER DIANE!

  • brenda white

    Ditto on the writing comments. The Kings were robbed! But, much as actors like to throw guys names out there, the thing I love so much about The Good Wife is how often it passes the Bechdel test. So many shows NEVER have even one scene that does, but, on TGW it’s a regular occurance. I hope they keep that up, as the Kalinda/Peter plotline ruined so much of it.

  • thinker

    Hugh Grant? Big Yuk. this is the guy who got a blow job from a prostitute and he was engaged. Good grief.

  • Kathy Mills

    They should have Hugh Grant come & sweep her off her feet while her current love interest, Gary Cole, is off for several weeks on an assignment. When he comes back there’s a big blow up, Hugh ends up dead & Gary is the main suspect. Of course, Diane will be torn & the firm will have to defend Gary. Okay I got a little carried away……

  • Sly Fox

    Kathy Mills I just sat laughing at the sheer idea of that happening, lmao best idea ever :)!

  • ESQ

    Absolutely love her…love the show. The cast does a fabulous job every week. She is gracious and wonderful!

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