Julianna Margulies is not an infidelity expert, but she plays one on TV as a betrayed wife on CBS’s hit show The Good Wife. In the September issue of REDBOOK, Margulies opens up about cheating, life as mom to 2-year-old son Kieran and her TV career.
On the time when she felt like a great wife: “There was one perfect day recently when I got up at 5:30 with the baby, went to work at 6:30 for 12 hours, grocery shopped, cooked dinner, and then later, my husband and I made love. We both looked at each other that night and said, ‘This day will never happen again!’”
On why we don’t see more women in the news as cheaters: “The answer is simple: We are tired! With all of the things we do in our lives, what woman has the time to fit in an affair?”
On cheating: “I think that when you have gotten things out of your system, you are less tempted by distractions. My only temptations now are chocolate and martinis. I think the hardest thing about cheating would not be the physical act; it would be the trust you break. If you decide to take that person back, you have to make a deal to trust again. I’m very happy with where my life is, but for someone like Alicia, whose husband has jumped in bed with a sexpot, the temptation of being sexually desirable is huge.”
On how her TV career began: “ER was my breakout role. I auditioned on a whim. When I got that part, my character was originally supposed to die. At one point George Clooney called me and said, ‘I think you are going to live.’ And I was on the show for six seasons.”