One question fans keep asking is when “Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies will drop in to reprise her Emmy-winning role of Alicia Florrick. The 52-year-old actress got brutally candid to reveal why it never happened.
Speaking with Deadline at the Contenders Emmys event to promote her new Nat Geo miniseries “The Hot Zone”, Margulies insisted that she “really wanted to do it” but “the deal didn’t happen.”
The reason: “CBS wouldn’t pay me,” Margulies said, expanding on comments she made while attending the Series Mania festival in France last week: “The showrunners had found a nice way to reintroduce my character, a story that was to span three episodes. I was really excited about the idea but CBS refused to pay my [ask].”
In fact, Margulies told Deadline that she hadn’t held out for more money but simply asked for the same per-episode fee she had previously earned on “The Good Wife”. However, Deadline states that she was reportedly offered a substantially lower guest-star rate.
“I’m not a guest star; I started the whole thing with ‘The Good Wife’,” Margulies said, implying there was a sexist undertone. “I wanted to be paid my worth and stand up for equal pay. If Jon Hamm came back for a ‘Mad Men’ spinoff or Kiefer Sutherland wanted to do a ’24’ spinoff, they would be paid.”
Margulies’ comments, Deadline points out, echo her statements last week, when she said, “To be perfectly honest, I was shocked. I was more surprised than hurt. I thought, What are you worth? If you are worthless, if you are not valued for your work, then what’s the point?”
Back in February, series co-creator Robert King confirmed plans to bring Alicia to “The Good Fight”.
“We thought maybe about making a big episode where she would be at the resistance, Diane [Christine Baranski] and her face each other,” he told reporters “but that would be the end of the story. It felt like an asterisk.”