‘My daughter recently became a lawyer. She really is the young Diane’
“I AM enjoying the show more than I ever have. When the start of season six aired here in the US I just couldn’t believe how many people were coming up to me and so enthralled by the show.
People are really captivated – and for good reason because of the high standard of it. We (the cast) know what we have. It’s just a little exasperating when the show did not get recognised with an Emmy (in 2014) given how extraordinary it is and that we are really competing with cable shows on their level. The only way we felt cheated was when it came to the awards. I mean three actors were nominated because we were given such great material and I really do think the writers and the show itself certainly merited being honoured. There are so many strong female characters on TV but to have three on one show is … I love the fact that the three strong women have a lot to do with each other. When women get together that’s a terrifically strong force and more often than not women are portrayed as being in competition with each other or being catty or mean or suspicious. But on our show – I mean I love both Diane’s (Lockhart, Baranski’s character) relationships with Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies).
Diane was shaken by Will’s death (the character played by Josh Charles, was killed in the season five finale). He was her partner. I mean she recently married, but her life is her work. She created the firm with Will. It was their child, that firm.
It was a wonderfully-calibrated relationship. God knows, I just loved acting with Josh. The humour, and we could fight hard and also get past stuff.
The writers always said that ours was the happy marriage in the show.
When you go through catastrophic loss like that you’re in many ways in closer touch with what you really feel and what’s important to you.
That’s what we see this season is these women – especially Alicia and Diane – more in touch with the kind of rawness – and what their priorities are. The sense of ‘wait a minute – it’s my turn. I’m worth it’. It’s that thing that women are feeling in the culture now … ‘I’m not going to stand here off to the side and be the supportive wife or the second in line. I’m going to actually take the power. I’m going to call my own shots’.
My daughter (Isabel) recently became a lawyer. She took the oath in the State Supreme court in NYC and her husband and nine-month-old baby and I – we watched her. She’s working at the District Attorney’s office in Brooklyn. It’s utterly fantastic ... She really is the young Diane.” THE GOOD WIFE WEDNESDAY, 9.30PM, TEN
With Debbie Schipp