The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies says last week’s news that New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner had continued sexting a year after resigning from Congress for same, is like a gift that keeps on giving for her CBS drama series. Margulies, appearing at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, was asked her thoughts on Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who appeared by his side at a news conference in which he acknowledged the latest revelations. That scene, captured by cable news cameras, closely mirrored the first episode of Margulies’ long-running CBS drama, in which her Alicia Florrick character was seen standing faithfully by her husband’s side after he steps down from office because of a public sex and corruption scandal. The critically acclaimed CBS drama series, from Robert and Michelle King, was inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal and other political sex scandals.
“She had the exact look that I tried to capture in the pilot when you first meet the Florricks and you see her standing behind her disgraced man,” Margulies said of Abedin. “She had such a soul-less look. Her body was empty, her soul was somewhere else and she was just going through the motions.” The actress said she had “complete compassion and empathy” for Abedin. Margulies confessed that when she saw a New York City newspaper headline with “Tips from Alicia Florrick” for Weiner’s wife (don’t read newspapers, don’t watch TV, be a Teflon pan) “I felt proud,” Margulies said. “We’re starting Season 5 and it feels like it’s brand new.”