“I truly had no expectations after ER,” she said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “For me, it was about finding the right roles. Television is such a fantastic medium for women, and in an industry obsessed with youth and celebrity television, it allows actresses to have these interesting characters to have a life to grow.”
She certainly found the role of a lifetime as Alicia Florrick on CBS’s The Good Wife. “There’s something attractive when you get to play a character who has been so sheltered from the reality of her life, to be able to climb out of that and find herself….I love that this network drama has a lead character who doesn’t actually talk that much,” she said. “Actors shy away from television because they worry about making it mundane and commonplace. But this was a character I could envision 10 years from now.”
Margulies doesn’t let the fame and success go to her head, despite having won two Emmys and a Golden Globe.
“I was a coat check girl, a bartender, a waitress. I stuffed envelopes in a real estate office,” she recalled. “I know what it’s like to struggle. At the end of the day I always felt: Were you kind? Were you truthful? Did you solve problems rather than cause problems? I’m not saying I never have a bad day, but it never bothers me. My assistant gets upset if we walk into a store and they don’t know who I am. I love it. It means I’m regular. For me as an actor, the well I draw on is being able to watch human behavior. I had good times in LA, but I felt lonely that I couldn’t see the world from a different perspective. I don’t want to be locked up in a little bubble.”