Archie Panjabi did her best to put to bed The Good Wife drama that’s been lingering ever since that much-discussed controversial finale scene in May 2015.
Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick and Panjabi’s Kalinda Sharma, characters who had once been best friends, shared one final conversation during a three-minute scene in a bar in the final episode of season six. It was widely speculated that the two filmed their scene separately.
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“Look, I loved playing the role of Kalinda. I had such a great time on it. It was something that was really special to me. I’m so thrilled to be on another show,” Panjabi told reporters during Tuesday’s summer Television Critics Association press tour. “In terms of anything that happened on The Good Wife, I think it’s only respectful to leave it on The Good Wife.”
“It was time for me, for many reasons, to unzip the boots and step into another show,” she said. “But I can tell you, for those of you who miss the boots, that I do wear a pair of knee-high boots on Blindspot.”
Panjabi, 44, dives into the world of government conspiracies on the upcoming sophomore season of NBC’s action drama, which will see several new additions, including Luke Mitchell and Michelle Hurd.
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“I’ve always loved to do stuff that’s completely out of my comfort zone. I’ve always wanted to do an action TV show, so when the inquiry came in for Blindspot, my first thought was, ‘Oh gosh, I’m terrified to do something like that,’ which is why I decided I wanted to do it,” Panjabi said.
Panjabi addressed whether there were similarities to her Good Wife character, Kalinda, known and loved because of her mysterious backstory and demeanor.
“You’ll have to watch the series to see if there is a mystery or what the character is,” she said of her new role. “I really like the character. But I can’t give away too much. She is tough. She is tenacious. She’s unpredictable.”
Blindspot returns Sept. 14 on NBC.