Julianna Margulies stars in The Good Wife as Alicia Florrick, who appears to be just that to her cheating politician husband played by Chris Noth. Margulies doesn’t shrink away from the fact that the recent developments in Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer’s sex scandals could find a place in her show’s upcoming season.

“I would never want to benefit from someone else's pain,” Margulies told E! News. “But I have been emailing [our producers] for two weeks now. It is the gift that just keeps on giving. It is shocking that in our fifth season, this show is more relevant than ever.”

While the actress says her character would tell Weiner and Spitzer’s wives to, “Go back to work. Don’t open the paper. Don’t watch TV,” she wouldn’t give any advice herself. “I have absolutely no judgment. Standing up at the podium, I’m sure you’re having an out-of-body experience.… You’re not in a rational thought place.”

Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin recently stood by her husband while he admitted that he continued to send and solicit sexual messages from women after resigning from Congress, and after sitting down with People for an interview in which he said that he was diligently working on his marriage. The scene had similarities to The Good Wife’s first scene when Alicia took the stand to defend her husband.

As for Spitzer, who has stated he will not be casting a vote for Weiner for mayor, Marguilies believes his political redemption mirrors that of her onscreen husband. “It's funny that Peter Florrick [Noth] gets reelected at the end of last season and Spitzer goes back into politics,” she observed. “It's like, ‘You must be kidding! He must watch the show!' It really feels like at first, art was imitating life, and now life is imitating art.”


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