Alicia Kalinda The Good Wife

Good Wife's Julianna Margulies Breaks Silence on Alleged Backstage Feud, Archie Panjabi Responds

In her first public comments on the matter, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies is denying that real-life tensions between her and former co-star Archie Panjabi led to that years-long onscreen estrangement between their respective characters Alicia and Kalinda, as well as their infamous split-screened reunion.

“Right, I’ve heard about [the feud]. Who says that? It’s totally gossip,” Margulies said in an interview with Vulture. “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 f—ed his best friend’s wife, if it would get that same attention, you know what I mean?”

Margulies went on to suggest that it was Panjabi’s commitment to the BBC drama The Fall — and not an alleged feud — that led the two actresses to shoot last May’s anticipated Alicia-Kalinda reunion scene separately. “It was shot the way Robert wanted to shoot it, and the storyline, too,” she said. “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.”

UPDATE: Panjabi has taken issue with Margulies’ claim that a scheduling conflict was behind the split-screen imbroglio, saying via Twitter…

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