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…
— Archie Panjabi (@PanjabiArchie) October 5, 2015
Thoughts? Are you buying what Margulies is selling? Hit the comments!