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
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
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