Julianna Margulies Tries to Shut Down 'Good Wife' Feud Rumors, Archie Panjabi Fires Back

by Stacy Lambe 6:33 AM PDT, October 05, 2015
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Despite rumors of a feud that, in part, led to Archie Panjabi's exit from The Good Wife at the end of season six, Julianna Margulies says there's no bad blood -- at least on her end.

"There's no animosity on my part," the 49-year-old actress said during an appearance at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday.

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"I've heard about [the feud]. Who says that? It's totally gossip," Margulies told The New Yorker's Joshua Rothman when he brought up the rumors of an off-screen feud between the two actresses and the final scene with their characters, Alicia Florrick and Kalinda Sharma, that left many fans unsatisfied. "There's no story there, sorry. I actually had heard [that rumor] and I feel that it has been talked about and answered. I feel people just like to have gossip or make something into something that isn't there."

Margulies even posited that if it were two males, there wouldn't be the same frenzy surrounding the on-screen relationship. "It's a shame, because I wonder if it was two men, when one finds out that he f**ked his best friend's wife, if it would get that same attention, you know what I mean," she asked Rothman.

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As for how the controversial final scene was filmed, Margulies would only say that "it was shot the way Robert [King, the show's co-creator,] wanted to do it."

"I went along with whatever he asked me to do," she said, asserting that Panjabi was already filming the BBC series,The Fall, at the time.

Panjabi herself has remained evasive. "All I can say is this: the decision-making process is not something I'm privy to," she told E! News over the summer, telling ET that it was "a question you have to ask the producers."

But the actress -- possibly provoked by her former co-star's comments -- responded on Twitter. "The Fall was not even in production at that time and I was in New York ready to film the scene!" Panjabi posted.

The response suggests that the feud is far from over.

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While that story was seemingly shut down, the Emmy-winning actress did get candid about the wigs she wears on screen, what she really thinks of Alicia and presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:

Why She Wanted to Wear a Wig:

"I insisted on a wig for the show because I wanted to be able to take her off at the end of the night," Margulies said of playing Alicia, who she ultimately finds to be "sad and lonely," adding: "She's a very lonely woman -- and I'm not talking about boyfriend stuff -- there's some damage that's been done there."

On Clinton:

"I was so happy that she was genuine. I was thrilled that she watched the show and that she was not lying," Margulies said when shown one of Clinton's emails asking what time The Good Wife aired. Margulies revealed that she had met Clinton before and that she was a fan of the series.

On Trump:

"It's insanity -- he's a crazy person," she said after reading a New York Times profile about the real estate mogul turned politician.

The Good Wife airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on CBS.