Julianna Margulies is a new addition to The morning show this season, but joining the cast actually felt like “going home” for the TV icon. On the one hand, she has worked with directors Leslie Linka Glater and Mimi Leder before IS and The good wifeand, on the other hand, it’s a small reunion with Jennifer Aniston, who starred in the Apple TV + drama. Although they have never shot any projects together before, Margulis and Aniston have worked side by side in the Warner Bros. studio. IS and Friends, respectively and had large breaks at the same time.
“[The] The band on Thursday night was the golden night of television. It was a television to be seen, that’s where it came from. And it was IS and FriendsMargulies remembers with glowing eyes when she called Zoom from LA. She remembers that to celebrate the joint success of the show, Warner Bros. he put up a “huge poster” that boasted millions of spectators and actors. Then he began to strike her.
“You go from absolute obscurity to this kind of overnight recognition,” she explains of the shared stage in her and Aniston’s careers. “When you both experience it at the same time, it’s a story you’ve had with each other your whole life, isn’t it?” Because this will never happen again. This is something that happens once in a lifetime. So to finish the whole round and finally work together was great. ”
On top of that, be attracted The morning show was proof to Margulies that women like her could still get significant roles for decades in their careers. “Also, yes, women,” the first Good woman says the star. “I mean, [Aniston] and I’ve been on this for a long time. And this show seems so fresh to me, and these characters seem so fresh to me. And I just thought, God bless all those writers who wrote these parts to play them.”
For the three-time Emmy winner, her new role is Laura Peterson, a veteran journalist who became famous as a local reporter after being broadcast live on television as a former Morning show the host. In Season 2, Episode 3, she arrives to host a prime-time interview with Aniston’s Alex Levy. Although there is a palpable tension between the two, sparks fly between Laura and the current Morning show star Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon). She takes Bradley under her wing as they cover the presidential campaign together, but by the end of the episode, Laura and Bradley’s mutual respect and admiration grow into something more: The two kiss in the back of the car, a moment that begins as a surprise. but it becomes a real thrill.
In an interview with ELLE.com, Margulis described his arrival in detail The morning show, Bradley and Laura’s relationship and the significance of Laura’s background.
Can you describe what your first day on set was? Which scene did you start with?
It was really wonderful because my first scene was the scene where you see me for the first time, where you see Laura Peterson for the first time as she prepares to interview Alex. The scene was with Corey Ellison, Billy Krudup, and of all the actors there, although I knew people somehow peripherally, I knew Billy quite well. Although we never worked together, in the New York theater community, I mean, we lived two blocks apart. I’ve moved since then, but we’ll see each other, we’ll have mutual friends, we’ll see each other at every play, reading.
I was nervous the first day because the second was published, you feel committed to it, the way you played it. So with someone like Billy, who I knew and felt comfortable with and was so incredibly generous with, it turned into a really fun day working with an incredibly brilliant actor. And that was kind of an introduction to the show. It was an easy way to make it easier.
I would like to dive a little into Laura. She is a superstar, a veteran journalist. What preparation did you make for the role? Did you watch a lot of TV interviews and Diane Sawyer?
I did it, I looked very different, because Kerry Erin, the host of the show, had already given me this really rich 20-year story of who Laura Peterson was, where she came from, what happened to her and why she was where she was, when we meet her on the show. Which is a rarity on TV, especially when you enter the second season of a well-oiled machine to make the showrunner take so much time and effort to write a story about this character. This is usually the job I do. So, I knew Laura was publicly featured on television when she was Morning show co-host. And then because of that she was fired. And then she had this long journey to get to where she finally was.
In this way, she came to terms with who was sexual. She cut out people in her life who didn’t support her or who frowned at her sexuality, or who told her she would never work in the industry again. And instead, she went back to field work, she became a field journalist, and she really did the hard work and reporting from God knows where, and she really went back to her love of journalism, not the ratings that go wrong this morning. And this way, [she] came back and became a news anchor at night, then eventually the star of the network with his own show. When you meet her, she is exactly where she wants to be. She has nothing to hide, no skeletons in the closet and is at the top of her game. To play such a character, the reporters I felt she embodied the most with this rich story and writing, I took a little from each.
She had the height of Diane Sawyer and such grace, but the sand of Rachel Maddow and, I suppose, you would call it the courage of Christian Amanpour, who goes out on the field where the battle is actually fought. I tried to take a little of all of them and merge them into one. You see it the way he wears his jewelry. Everything she wears is the same every day, but these are small artifacts she has collected during her travels, including her apartment. I talked about it with the amazing Sophie [De Rakoff]who is a costume designer and then a set designer. We talked about [how] every single thing in her apartment is part of who she is on this journey she has crawled through to deal with who she is in her own skin.
At the end of the episode, Laura and Bradley kiss and this is the first time we see Bradley explore his sexuality a little more. What conversations did you have with Reese to build that connection between your characters?
So this kiss comes from me, asking her, “Are you really checked for this job?” And it’s not recorded. Laura really likes Bradley and really sees that she is lost, but she has a talent for this profession. So when he asks her that, in the script, Bradley panics because he doesn’t want anyone to know she hasn’t been checked. So instead she throws herself for a kiss. But Reese said, “Wait a minute, if I was a man and I did, it would be considered sexual harassment. And our whole show is about that. How can we do this when just because they are two women makes it different? Which was a great moment. I thought, “Wow, that’s why you’re so good at your production job, Reese Witherspoon.”
We tried several different ways and the director was Leslie Linka Glater. So Leslie and I sat down, and Reese said, “Well, what if I come in and kiss you and then say, ‘I’m sorry,’ and I said, ‘Great, do this.’ And then I will come in and let you know that everything is fine. That way, the kiss will actually matter more. And there will be no feeling that you are attacking me and this is a kiss with consent, not harassment. So, we created it in choreography and it didn’t take long to invent it and that solved the problem.
I’m so glad she was sensitive to that, because why is It’s different if they’re two women, you know? This can just as easily be sexual harassment. So, we all learn, but I love this scene because I think Bradley is really trying not to let Laura know the truth at first, but in the end I think Bradley falls in love with Laura more than he does. question that Bradley is gay. I think Bradley really falls in love with Laura. Laura is a refuge for Bradley. She is the peace in all this madness. I think Laura is fascinated by this, but Laura will never be forgotten in every situation. So she lets him go on for a while until she says to herself, “Hey girl, you gotta get your shit together. Don’t let people define you. You define yourself. And then, if you can’t handle it, you’re leaving. “That’s what I love about Laura.
This interview has been edited and shortened for clarity.
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