Julianna Margulies, who plays Alicia on The Good Wife, spoke about working on the CBS legal drama and if she was worried about burning out as she goes into her sixth year on the show, at a SAG Foundation panel on June 17.
Michael Ausiello of TVLine hosted the event and spoke to Margulies about the rewards and challenges of playing Alicia on the show. Margulies, who is also a producer of the show, spoke about how she felt going into the next chapter of the legal drama.
"I'm never worried about burning out. I'm worried about exhaustion. I think if I didn't love the character so much and if I didn't love the material so much I probably would worry about burnout," she said. "And there are days that are harder than others. And then there are days where it's just so fulfilling that it outweighs the fatigue."
She went on to talk about her regular work day on the show and coming home to her husband and feeling incredibly satisfied by the work they did and the talented people she was surrounded by.
"I remember coming home after a 15-hour day and my husband said, 'Why are you smiling?' And I said, 'Because I was shooting scenes with Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski and Alan Cumming and all these incredible actors,'" she said. "There's an incredible fuel that happens. This doesn't mean you're not tired, for sure, but it's an exciting energy and it's fulfilling."
The finale of season 5 concluded with Eli Gould (Alan Cumming) proposing Alicia (Julianna Margulies) become a candidate for State's Attorney. A few other big changes were afoot, with Diane (Christine Baranski) deciding to join Florrick/Agos.
The finale, titled A Weird Year, aired on May 18.
Watch the promo for the finale here: