EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Morrison Defends His Villainous 'Good Wife' Role and Why the Series Is 'Going Out on Top'
By Leanne Aguilera
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From the classroom to the courtroom -- Matthew Morrison is ditching his dancing shoes for legal briefs on The Good Wife!
Before his sure-to-be dramatic debut on this Sunday's all-new episode, ETonline called up the former Glee star to get the inside scoop on everything we need to know about his new villainous role and why he believes The Good Wife is "going out on top" in its final season.
"He's a tough guy, he's very smart, and he won't take a bribe," Morrison said of his recurring character, assistant U.S. attorney Connor Fox. "He's passionate about the law and he's taken down few governors in the past."
"Peter Florrick is someone who we all know is not the nicest of guys and he's done some bad things in his career," the 37-year-old actor said. "He's put his hand in a lot of cookie jars that he probably shouldn't have, so Connor is going to do his best to take Peter Florrick down."
Morrison confessed that he was "ecstatic" when he discovered that he had snagged a role on the hit CBS series because he's never missed a single episode. "My wife [Renee Puente] and I are huge fans of the show and it'll probably go down as one of our favorite shows of all time," he gushed."
Filming alongside his favorite small-screen characters was an "out-of-body experience" for Morrison, and the oppertunity only became even more surreal when the news was revealed that season seven would be the series' final one.
"I came in [to the show] before they announced it. I had a talk with Julianna [Margulies] and she was like, 'Yeah, next week we find out what happens,'" Morrison recalled. "But I think everyone was really ready for whatever happens. They all feel like they did a great job and I feel like there is a feeling of kind of going out on top, which I love and I agree with as a fan."
"I think it's been an amazing seven years and I think it's been one of the best seasons yet," he added.
Thanks to his six-year stint on Glee, Morrison "definitely" knows what The Good Wife cast is feeling as their time together comes to a close. "For me, when Glee was done, that show was so tough and so exhausting, so it was kind of like a breath of fresh air," he revealed. "Also, when you do a character for so long, you're kind of looking to explore something else and be creatively challenged."
So how does Morrison's Good Wife character, Connor Fox, compare to his musically-inclined character on Glee? "With Will Schuester, he was a very happy-go-lucky guy who was trying to please everyone," Morrison said. "With this guy, a lot of people are going to think of him as a villain, but I don’t think that he is. He's very strong-willed, and he just is a big believer in the justice system."
Morrison continued, "I think he has a lot of passion and pride for his job -- and it's a tough job -- and I have a lot of respect for this guy." And apparently, so does Margulies!
Morrison dished that the Good Wife's leading lady even coined a special new nickname for the new AUSA. "A funny little on-set thing is she's kind of spread this new name for my character and it's kind of caught on a little bit," Morrison said sheepishly. "So I’m not Connor Fox any more. I'm 'Foxy Connor.'"
Catch Morrison's first episode as "Foxy Connor" on The Good Wife on Sunday, March 6 at 9 p.m. on CBS.