Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.
The mystery surrounding The Good Wife‘s Kalinda Sharma, a role that has already earned Archie Panjabi two Emmy nominations (including one win), reached a fever pitch in April’s season 3 finale when Kalinda sat herself down in a chair facing the door to her apartment, loaded a gun, and awaited a knock that viewers assume was her estranged husband. “I had phone calls from around the world asking me, ‘WHO IS AT THE DOOR?!’ I said, ‘Pizza delivery,’” Panjabi says, laughing. “It was like a ‘Who shot JR?’ moment. I never anticipated the response to be that great, but obviously, I was really thrilled. People are really excited to see who it is and what he’s going to be like.”
When we chatted with Panjabi earlier this week, she said she still hadn’t heard if Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King have cast the part, which they’ve said will require a strong, sexy, and intimidating presence. (Panjabi approves of our pick, Idris Elba, but worries the arc would be too long for his movie career, should he even be interested.) “People always say to me, ‘Why is she tough and strong?’ And I say, ‘People are normally like that because they’ve been dealt certain cards in life, and it’s a way of surviving,’” Panjabi says. “I think through her husband, we’ll really get to learn why Kalinda is the way she is: Why she’s so hard and so sexual, why she turned to Peter Florrick [Chris Noth] to get her name changed and escape her past, why she’s so distrustful of people. Something so dreadful must have happened if she wanted to leave the firm and just run. She made the decision to stay and knows that there’s a huge cost but is prepared to take it.” Watch a clip below. Panjabi takes us inside another season 3 scene that showed a new side to Kalinda. READ FULL STORY