Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.
The Good Wife is known for its superb Rolodex of guest stars, but in the same vein, the writers like to infuriate us with characters we love to hate. See: Michael J. Fox’s Louis Canning, Matthew Perry’s Mike Kresteva, or Martha Plimpton’s Patti Nyholm. Joining their ranks for season 4 was the Tony- and Emmy-winning Nathan Lane, who appeared in nine episodes as number-crunching trustee Clarke Hayden. Even Lane himself isn’t so sure what to think of his character.
“I think he’s sort of a damaged soul, but it’s hard to tell what’s going on,” Lane says of his character. “One of the nicest compliments I would get very often on the street is people would say, ‘I love you on The Good Wife. I just can’t tell whether I should like you or hate you!'” Here, Lane talks about signing on for the role — which almost went to someone else — and building a backstory to better understand his character.
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