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Julianna Margulies Talks 'The Good Wife' And Politics (VIDEO)


Posted: 01/09/12 02:15 PM ET

Julianna Margulies' character on "The Good Wife," Alicia Florrick, knows her fair share about the dark side of politics. In Season One of the acclaimed drama, Florrick's husband, a Chicago state's attorney, was involved in a sex scandal that resulted in a firestorm of controversy. Margulies stopped by the newly-reformatted "CBS This Morning," (weekdays, 7 a.m. EST on CBS) where she talked to Charlie Rose, Erica Hill and Gayle King about how she approaches acting in "The Good Wife," and gave some of her thoughts on politics.

Margulies believes that one of they keys to keeping the drama on "The Good Wife" feeling authentic is that she not know too many details about her character's journey in advance. "For r the most part, I don't want to know specifics because when you do television, it's just a train you're on, there's no beginning, middle and an end, so I can't form an arc for her, I need to keep every moment fresh and in the moment. So I try not to know too much so I can form it in a real manner rather than having it too practiced," she explained.

When Charlie Rose asked if she enjoyed politics, Margulies gave an answer that sounded as if Margulies had learned a few lessons from Alicia's experience. She said that although politics makes for great spectator sport, but it's "a very difficult world and not something that I'd want to be a part of." As it turns out, Margulies also had a real-life role-model who echoed that wisdom, her father-in-law Kenneth Lieberthal, who served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia at the U.S. National Security Council during the Clinton Administration.

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