On Monday’s episode of “CBS Mornings,” the two-time Emmy winner spoke candidly about joining the cast of the Apple TV+ series for its second season, which debuted last month.
She portrays Laura Peterson (a veteran anchor) who is a lesbian. Bradley Jackson begins a relationship with her.Reese WitherspoonThis has sparked discussion among viewers, who believe queer roles should be played only by LGBTQ actors.
“I can understand that,” Margulies said, when asked about the criticism. “My response also would be we’re all making assumptions as to who I am and what my past is and what all of our pasts are.”
Catch Julianna Margulies’ full “CBS Mornings” interview below.
“I understand 100% that I can’t play a different race,” she continued. “But I am an actress, and I am supposed to embody another character. … Are you telling me that because I’m a mother, I can never play a woman who has never had a child? Or, if you’ve never been married, that you can never play a married woman? You have to be careful on where you’re drawing the line there.”
Margulies was married to Keith Lieberthal in 2007. Kieran, a thirteen-year-old boy, is the couple’s son.
A appearance on the “Just for Variety” podcast earlier this month, she offered a similar defense of her “Morning Show” casting. “I know there was some trepidation of, ‘Will lesbian actresses be angry?’ and I can tell you I would never, ever be angry if a lesbian played a straight woman,” she told host Marc Malkin.
Margulies, naturally, is one of the many actors to comment on the debate over casting LGBTQ actors in lesbian roles.
Darren Criss who won an Emmy for his portrayal of gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” said in 2018 that he will no longer play queer charactersIn order to allow for LGBTQ actors within the industry. Benedict Cumberbatch Kristen StewartHowever, there are different opinions.
Speak to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, “Morning Show” showrunner Kerry Ehrin revealed that she’d considered casting a queer actor as Laura. Margulies, she said, brought “the stature of someone who was actually the news icon of a network.”