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.
Did you do a lot of healthy cooking while the girls were growing up?
I did as much as I could as a working actress. One thing that I did do was require the children to eat at the table as a family. And there was no television or other distractions. That communal cooking and eating really instills a sense of family. It's still very precious to us as a family. We love getting together to cook in the kitchen and sit around the table and eat and talk.
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 stereotypes.