Actress Julianna Margulies said she was the third choice for the starring role in the CBS drama series “The Good Wife,” and almost passed after learning she was offered the role after two other actresses turned it down, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The other actresses were Helen Hunt and Ashley Judd.
“I wanted to hate it, because you know, 'F— you! You didn't want me to begin with,'" she said at THR's actress roundtable. "The [‘Good Wife’] writers always say: 'No, we always wanted you. It's just the studio wanted Helen Hunt!' But my agent said a great thing: 'No one will know when they watch this show that Helen Hunt was offered it before you.' "
Margulies won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role, and has been nominated for Golden Globes for "The Good Wife" every year since 2010, when she took home the trophy. She has received a total of three Emmy nominations for the role, among her nine Emmy nominations overall. She broke out in the 1990s on "ER," a role that earned Margulies six consecutive Emmy nominations and one trophy.