Julianna Margulies’ recent sitdown interview with Oprah Winfrey was in fact the result of “movie magic” — aka green screen technology.
The actress revealed that surprising fact on Instagram, sharing side-by-side photos of her remote, in-studio set-up (in Los Angeles) alongside Oprah’s outdoor arrangement for discovery+’s Super Soul.
“Movie magic,” Margulies noted in her caption, adding: “Thank you @Oprah for the great interview for #sunshinegirl” (as in her new memoir, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life). “What an honor it was to answer your thoughtful questions.”
Speaking of said questions, it is perhaps notable that Winfrey — especially under these filming circumstances, using green screen — did not bring up the matter of The Good Wife‘s Season 6 finale, in which Margulies shared a scene, yet didn’t, with exiting co-star Archie Panjabi. (Margulies and Panjabi did not shoot that bar scene together, TVLine reported nearly six years ago; rather, body doubles were employed for the single shots, and the two-shot was spliced together in post-production.)
Was Winfrey asked not to raise the long-eluded topic? Actually, TVLine hears that no ground rules were set for their recent sitdown; meaning, Winfrey simply chose not to broach the topic.
An OWN rep notes that all interviews this year for Super Soul (as well as Apple TV+’s The Oprah Conversation) have been conducted remotely — and that for the former, Oprah from her home in Maui points out that “through the power of technology, we are having this conversation.” The remote-but-not charade is similar to that used on daytime-TV’s The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Rewatch a clip from the interview above, and tell us: Does it all seem so obvious now, looking at the hard lines of Margulies’ hair and the absence of natural lighting?