Julianna Margulies Lines Up Second Post-‘Good Wife’ Role, And How Her Early Childhood Shaped Her Career

Julianna Margulies has been cast in a new Susan Seidelman-directed film, according to Showbiz 411. The 50-year-old actress, who has won three Emmy awards, has been cast in her second post-The Good Wife project.

It appears that Julianna Margulies had no time to miss her former role on The Good Wife. In addition to starring in 2018’s The Three Christs of Ypsilanti alongside Peter Dinklage, who has won two Emmy awards, the actress has just been cast in a new Susan Seidelman-directed film.

Seidelman, who is best known for her film Desperately Seeking Susan, wants Julianna Margulies to play an Orthodox Jewish woman in the upcoming film titled The Girl with the Pink Hair. The film will tell the story of Margulies’s character and her teenage girlfriend both surviving breast cancer.

Julianna Margulies, who won one Emmy award for her role in ER and two for her role in The Good Wife, which ended its seven-season run earlier this year, recently revealed a few details about her childhood in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Julianna Margulies revealed that her parents broke up a year after she was born, and she lived with her mother. The actress appreciated that the breakup of her parents was amicable, and they felt they had to remain close in order to raise their three daughters.

Julianna Margulies also recalled that she and her sister sometimes went to New York City to visit their dad for holidays and summer. And it was a “challenging time” for the family, as their mother didn’t have much money and had to look for new jobs.

Then in 1980, Julianna Margulies’s mother took her daughters and moved to a new city where she was hired as a teacher. The family bought “a quirky, modern, three-story passive-solar house made of granite and glass,” and the actress admits that she loved that house.

It was the first time Julianna Margulies and her sister had separate rooms. Julianna painted her room a gentle yellow to make it seem as if “the sun was always shining.” Little did she know, nearly two decades after painting her room, Julianna would become a household name for her role in ER.

And three decades later, she would be internationally recognized for her role of Alicia Florrick, the wife of a Chicago state’s attorney, on The Good Wife.

Julianna Margulies also recalls that when she was a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied for an arts degree, she took a master class with Harold DeFelice, the school’s most admired acting teacher.

And when DeFelice saw Julianna Margulies rehearsing for another play, he approached her and asked why she hadn’t auditioned for his play. But the actress thought his play was only for juniors and seniors.

But DeFelice wanted to get Julianna Margulies into his play at all costs, so he insisted she plays the lead role in his play. And it was DeFelice who talked The Good Wife star out of applying to Yale Drama School, which he had attended when he was a student.

“He took both of my hands in his and said, ‘I’m begging you not to.’ I asked why. He said, ‘Because you have something that you can’t learn in school.'”

And Julianna Margulies promised her first acting teacher that she would take a year off and work as a waitress while auditioning for film roles. But if it didn’t work out, she would apply to Yale Drama School.

“Within six months of waitressing, I landed my first movie role. Everything took off from there.”

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