Archie Punjabi Responds To Julianna Margulies Comments About 'The Good Wife' "Feud" & Gets The Fire Going Again
In the world of entertainment, the personalities on film and television are big, so you can expect that some actors might not always get along. Dramas that ensue on sets are usually a PR nightmare, and are generally contained by everyone involved, but as we know in this day and age, it's nearly impossible to keep the truth covered. The Good Wife has been plagued the last few seasons with persistent rumors that its two female leads, Julianna Margulies (who plays titular Good Wife Alicia Florrick) and Archie Panjabi (who plays Kalinda Sharma) had some bad blood between them, but Margulies has recently denied the on-set feud with Panjabi. However, Panjabi very quickly responded to Margulies, adding fuel to the feud rumors.
Margulies told Vulture in an interview,
Right, I've heard about [the feud]. Who says that? It's totally gossip...I heard that question had been asked to Robert King. 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. There's no animosity on my part. It's a shame, because I wonder if it was two men, when one finds out that he fucked his best friend's wife, if it would get that same attention, you know what I mean?
Of course, fans might have a hard time believing this when the consider the now-infamous Season 6 finale, which included Panjabi's final scene on the CBS show. The two estranged characters and one-time friends (who had only spoken via telephone for the last few seasons) shared a final chat, only for it to be filmed via a painfully obvious split screen. As Vulture notes, the scene was very unnatural and didn't leave a very good case for the ladies' supposed "non-feud." Still, Margulies had comments regarding that final scene:
It was shot the way Robert wanted to shoot it, and the story line, too. You also have to remember, there’s difficulty … [Panjabi] was also doing another show, called The Fall. I went along with whatever Robert asked me to do and I did it happily.
This interview was on the morning of October 5, and Panjabi wasted no time in presenting her side of the story. It would seem, from Panjabi's tweet, that these two ladies might get along a little less than Margulies' statements suggest:
Panjabi is quick to point out that she was free and ready to shoot the final scenes, which means that scheduling was not the problem and leaves only a few options to explain why the scene wasn't shot normally and the big one is that these two women were simply not getting along. Now, my question is: Will Margulies comment back? Panjabi hasn't been one to hold her tongue, but in the past has been more diplomatic in her approach to the questions regarding their on-screen chemistry. When Us Weekly asked her about that final scene, she replied, "It’s not fair for me to answer those decisions. As much as I want to. But those decisions are made by the producers. I'm not privy to those decisions. All I do know is I'm very grateful to the Kings for making the decision to cast me."
At this point, I think I speak for most fans when I say we are ready for the truth to come out, once and for all. Of course, if someone could make the truth work out in a way where everyone's favorite characters weren't actually at odds IRL, that would be fantastic.