‘My daugh­ter re­cently be­came a lawyer. She re­ally is the young Diane’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... - WITH THE GOOD WIFE’S CHRIS­TINE BARAN­SKI

“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

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