Ellen: Julianna Margulies Good Wife, Potty Mouth & Matthew Perry


Ellen: Julianna Margulies & Matthew Perry

For three seasons, she’s played an embattled mom navigating an uncertain world in CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife. Now that the season finale has come and gone, two-time Emmy winner Julianna Margulies found a billable hour to catch up with Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen congratulated Julianna on her Emmy win last fall. Recently, Matthew Perry has had a guest role on the show as an antagonist for Julianna’s character. The two got to know each other when they shot ER and Friends next door to one another.


Ellen: Julianna Margulies Potty Mouth

Julianna Margulies had to keep her swearing habit under control while chatting with Ellen. (Image Credit: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

“I hadn’t seen him in a long time, and I was walking into a Halloween party, dressed up as Sally Bowles…from the musical Cabaret,” she said, and she ran into Matthew Perry, who was not in costume. He said he loved the show and wanted to be on it. That meeting led to his appearance on the show.

Though he was originally slated for eight episodes, he’s only appeared in two and he is starring in an upcoming comedy pilot, which could conflict with his work on The Good Wife.


Ellen: Julianna Margulies Son Kieran

Julianna talked about her four-year-old son Kieran, but not necessarily in the fondest of terms. She called him precious, but noted that he is overly observant and has what she called “a weird accent.”

She isn’t sure where his quasi-German accent originated, and he also has trouble with the letter R. “I can’t bear it when people say their kid is precious, because everyone says the same thing,” Julianna said.

Ellen: Julianna Margulies Potty Mouth

Early on, Ellen set the ground rules for the interview, reminding Julianna to watch her language. In an archive clip from February 2011, Julianna had some colorful interjections in a Last Word game, where they were naming phrases you say when you’re excited.

Julianna Margulies admitted that she’s been trying to work on her swearing, but she gets into trouble when she’s around the crew on the set of her show.

She recently worked with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken for an upcoming movie. “It was like a master class in acting,” she said. “And within, I would say, five hours on set, every other word coming out of my mouth was a swear word…. It just feels natural and it feels good.”


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