Julianna Margulies sees real-life parallel to 'Good Wife' in Weiner case

Julianna Margulies participates in "The Good Wife" panel at the CBS Summer TCA on Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The revived scandal surrounding New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and his sexual tweets to women has given an unexpected relevance to CBS' “The Good Wife.”

The hit drama revolves around a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.

“I feel guilty that it's the gift that keeps on giving,” said “Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies at the Television Critics Association press tour Sunday in Beverly Hills. “We're going into our fifth year, and it feels like something new.”

But Margulies said she also saw painful parallels between her fictional character, Alicia Florrick, and Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, as she awkwardly stood by her husband during a press conference last week.

“My initial thought was that she had the same look I tried to capture in the pilot,” Margulies said, recalling a scene in which Alicia stands next to her husband, Peter (Chris Noth), at a press conference about his downfall. “She had a soulless look. Her body language was empty.”

Added the actress: “She was on automatic pilot. ... I felt complete compassion and empathy for her.”

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