The Good Wife‘s enduring ‘Kaliciagate’ controversy followed Archie Panjabi to the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, where the Emmy winner was on hand to tout her new role on NBC’s Blindspot.
During a panel to promote Blindspot‘s upcoming second season, Panjabi was asked to set the record straight about the reason behind The Good Wife‘s infamous split-screened bar scene between her character Kalinda and Julianna Margulies’ Alicia. (It’s been alleged that real-life tensions between the actresses forced producers to shoot their aforementioned reunion scene with body doubles.)
“I loved playing the role of Kalinda,” she said. “I had such a great time. It’s something that’s very special to me. I’m so thrilled to be on another show. In terms of anything that happened on The Good Wife, I think it’s only respectful to let it stay on The Good Wife. It was time for me for many reasons to unzip the boots and step into another show. But I can tell you for those of you who miss the boots, I do wear a pair of knee high boots on Blindspot.”
Last October, Margulies brushed off talk of a backstage feud as “totallly gossip,” adding, “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 that led the two actresses to shoot last May’s anticipated Alicia-Kalinda reunion scene separately — an assertion Panjabi at the time quickly disputed. “The Fall was not even in production at that time,” she wrote on Twitter. “I was in New York ready to film the scene!”