Julianna Margulies slapped Chris Noth three times for the scene in the CBS pilot in which The Good Wife goes bad. In a good way.
The first time, she didn't hit him hard enough. The second time, the camera was off. The third time, she left a red welt on his face.
"Chris Noth is so great," she said at press tour for the Television Critics Association. "He's like, 'Oh, please, I've been hit so many times.' "
In the new CBS drama, Margulies plays a wife and mother who re-enters the work force as an attorney after her husband (Noth) lands in jail following an embarrassing political corruption scandal. Co-created by husband-wife team Robert and Michelle King, the series was inspired by recent political scandals, Robert King said.
"It was right after a flurry of scandals where the politician's trajectory seemed pretty predictable," Robert King said. "Usually there was a resignation and then a period of time when they reflected, and then they tried to get back right in the spotlight. So what interested us more was the politician's wife's trajectory because it seemed much less certain, much more interesting, because how do you really remake your life when everybody seems to have an opinion about how you should remake your life?"