‘The Good Wife‘ has a very good day when nominations were announced for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. In all, CBS’ freshman hit collected nine nods, including bids for Outstanding Drama Series and Lead Actress Julianna Margulies.
Also earning some Emmy love were Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski, both of whom got nominated in the Supporting Actress category. Fancast spoke with Panjabi about her first-ever Emmy nod, and also seized the chance to debrief her on a certain sizzling season-ending clinch.
Congratulations on your Emmy nominations! I was definitely among those pushing for you.
And thank you very much for that. I was very excited. Very excited. And it was most unexpected. I didn’t carry my Blackberry, so when I came back the phone was ringing and there were a lot of emails on my computer.
Who was your first call?
My mom. My mom. She was just jumping for joy. From a very young age, she always said to me, “I’m behind you all the way.” Some parents are not encouraging of this profession, which is understandable, but she always said to get an education “and then Ill support you all the way.”
Does she watch ‘The Good Wife’?
She does. They’re based in England, and they’re a few episodes behind, buts she’s enjoying this one, yeah.
What is your favorite thing about playing Kalinda?
As an actor you get so incredibly comfortable in the roles that you play, and with Kalinda I never know what she’s going to do in a scene. I get slightly nervous, but its more about adrenaline running than nerves – and that excites me.
Plus she’s pretty badass.
She’s tough, she’s strong, she’s intelligent, and playing somebody like that is challenging.
You told us at the spring Paley Center event that the season finale would settle the question of which “team” Kalinda plays for. But her obstructed “moment” there with FBI Agent Lana (played by ‘Royal Pains’ Jill Flint) still left things a bit ambiguous, don’t you think?
But in Kalinda’s words, she would say, “Well, that was an answer. It wasn’t a whole answer, it was an ambiguous answer.”
The ladies’ footwork, though, strongly suggested they were getting… closer… behind that storage shed door.
Is it a relief to have that question out of the way?
[Laughs] It’s interesting because actually nothing [physically] happened when we were filming [the scene]. It’s more about conveying what [series creators] Robert and Michelle [King]‘s intention was. And that goes back to the excitement of playing her, that even as they film it and put it together, we learn more about our characters.
Would you like to see Kalinda have a steady romance, or do you like her “floating around” out there?
I like the idea that she’s unpredictable, that just when you think you may have understood her, she does something which challenges the mind even more, as far as what this woman is about.