The Good Wife's Christine Baranski Talks About Good Living
Stage, screen, and TV actress Christine Baranski talks about her career, family, and healthy lifestyle.
Speaking of family, The Good Wife is about a woman who has to
rebuild her life following her husband's very public scandals. In contrast,
you've been married to your husband, actor Matthew Cowles, for 26 years. How
have you made it work?
Well, first of all I'm married to a wonderful man. He was very serious about
marriage. And when he took me off on his motorcycle, I got this sense of
destiny that this was the guy. Then we created these beautiful children, and
once you've introduced children to the world, the commitment just rises
exponentially. Both Matthew and I grew up without fathers around, and we
suffered because of it. Marriages are always challenging, but we wanted to
get through no matter what. We wanted our children to have the wholeness that
comes with two parents in the household. I really love my husband for putting
up with me, and he loves me for putting up with him.
You've done Broadway, television, movies. Do you find it hard to move
among all of them?
No, I find it refreshing. I haven't done too many heavy, dramatic roles, so
it's a great thing for me to be learning something new. I think women like to
see well-educated, dignified, grown-up women portrayed on television, which is
why I think The Good Wife is such a huge contribution to the
medium. There are millions of women out there now who are running Ivy
League institutions; we have a brilliant first lady and a brilliant secretary
of state (who also ran for president). We need to have television shows that
reflect the complexity of their lives and not just present them as
Do you make New Year's resolutions?
This year I'm going to commit myself further with women's issues: women's
education and maybe the issue of sex trafficking. I took my daughter to India
with the Catholic Relief Services and we visited places where women were being
rehabilitated after having been sold into sex slavery or sold into marriage at
an early age. We would solve so many of the world's problems if we would just
properly educate women, who would then teach their sons how to behave properly.
It would be so good for the planet for women to be empowered, and honestly,
women are still just suffering terrible, enormous
You're doing drama now, but you're brilliant in comedy. Did your comic
timing always come naturally?
I think it did. My forte as a performer is my sense of rhythm. I also grew
up watching all those great shows like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van
Dyke Show and I think I learned by osmosis.
You've danced in movies as well. Do you have any formal training?