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I Love Julianna Margulies…I Hate Her Show Being So Real

August 16, 2010

She is left-handed. She grew up in Spring Valley, New York, near NYC. Her father wrote the classic Alka Seltzer jingle “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is.” She danced for the American Ballet and lived in Paris and England with her family. She earned a B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College -yep, definite idol material.

I love Julianna Margulies. She is such a classy, sophisticated woman who we can all admire. She chooses roles that have substance and purpose, who you want to get to know better-though she may have erred with Snakes on a Plane, with Samuel L Jackson. She has been nominated for awards and won them, because she is good at what she does. She won an Emmy Award her first season on ER, and was nominated every year after for the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama until her departure from the show. She also won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for her new role on The Good Wife, and has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series, making this her seventh Emmy nomination.

I loved her on ER; I grew up wanting to be a nurse because of her but I never had the stomach for the bodily fluids. She played such an honest role, never overdoing it in the normal soap-operaesque dramatic way. Her character had normal everyday issues, and she continues to choose roles in the same vein. Her newest role is Alicia Florrick in the CBS series The Good Wife, and let me just say this show brings real life to the small screen. She plays a mother of two who had to go back to work to support her family while she is going through a divorce from a cheating politico and is doing it in the public eye. It is a show that has taken a popular scandal and turned it into a how-to-get-back-on-track for the cheated on wife.

She is absolutely gorgeous in the new issue of Redbook out August 24th. The pictures of her taken by Gilles Bensimon are breath taking, and you would never guess she just turned 44 and has a 2 ½ year old. She talks about her new role in The Good Wife, and “opens up about the role, her personal life, meeting her husband, and motherhood”. She answers some off-beat questions, such as:  Which is Worse-when your husband tells you how tired you look or when no one seems to notice? She said “When my husband tells me,” and Not sleeping for a day or not talking for a day? She says “Not sleeping for a day. I think the whole world should try not talking for a day.”

I hate her show being so real. There are so many reports of male Governors, Presidential hopefuls, Senators, former speakers and the speaker-elect for the House of Representatives doing it-no pun intended-that it is getting to the point of expectation. How are we supposed to trust our political leaders to do the right thing for our communities and country, if they can’t keep their marriages intact or at least private? Are we just supposed to forgive and forget? Did anyone do that with Clinton when his stupid scandal came out?  It is so publicized now when a politician is caught cheating it is like old hat to the media. Shouldn’t we just kick them to the curb, and get someone better for the job without fawning all over them giving them more attention?

I hate that politicians use their power like a shield, thinking they won’t get caught because people won’t talk about it. Are you kidding? People will do anything for money; media will pay any amount to get dirt on not just elected officials but celebrities too-Tiger Woods and Jesse James anyone? It is crazy how many official leaders are cheating, not even getting caught but cheating. What about the wives and families of the cheaters? Shouldn’t we put more of our attention into them, giving them the sympathy and support they deserve? The betrayal and public humiliation the families feel when they find out must be unbearable, but they go out and stand by the men as if it is still their duties.  

It is sad that a show about a cheating and supposed upstanding man is so popular. Don’t get me wrong, I watch it also and really enjoy it, but just like Law and Order, the circumstances are just all too real sometimes. I wish there wasn’t a need for shows that were based on true stories. And I am kind of thankful that it is men cheaters, and not women-we don’t need the bad press. Julianna Margulies says the reason that men are the ones caught in cheating scandals is because women have too much going on in their days that they are too tired cheat. That is a good thing, because I don’t think as mothers you would want to look your children in the eye and explain why everything was falling apart.

Be sure to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on August 29th on NBC to see if Julianna Margulies gets the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series-and let’s just put it out there that her competition is fierce.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2010 7:03 am

    Nice site. Theres some good information on here. Ill be checking back regularly.

  2. Linda permalink
    August 16, 2010 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the great article! I agree that there’s way too much ‘real life’, but where better to find the great scripts than from the headlines. Unfortunately there are plenty of humans out there doing ‘whatever’ with little regard. But, more fortunately, there are many more good people who know to do the right thing (men and women).

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