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Q&A: Matt Czuchry On Season Two Of 'The Good Wife,' & Thoughts On 'Gilmore Girls' Reunion

Danielle Turchiano Danielle Turchiano
January 25th, 2010 6:21pm EST
Matt CzuchryMatt Czuchry has spent a good deal of time on television dramas. Between Gilmore Girls for the WB-turned-CW and Friday Night Lights for NBC, he was a seasoned pro before winning the role of junior associate Cary Ago on CBS' The Good Wife. Though the show was announced to be getting a second season, Czuchry opened up to Starpulse about the possibility of Cary not returning and what else he could move on to. Gilmore Girls reunion movie, anyone??

Danielle Turchiano: In the pilot of The Good Wife, we learned that your character of Cary and Julianna's (Margulies) character of Alicia are in essence competing for one position at this law firm. Being that her character is the 'wife' in the title of the show, can you tell us how Cary gets to stick around for season two?

Matt Czuchry: You know, I haven't officially been picked up for that second season so anything is possible in regards to that contest. I will say that there are certain storylines where Cary falters under the pressure and where [he] rises above the pressure. A first associate is going to make mistakes, but you can also see his potential. There's also some stuff hinted at about them laying people off because of money situations and the economy, and that could collide...

The online fandom seems to write a lot about Cary and Kalinda's flirtation; is that something that was written or something you and Archie [Panjabi] decided to play around and have fun with?

That's something that kind of developed in the episode that Rod Holcomb directed-- the episode titled "Conugal" (which re-ran this past Tuesday). It was just something that wasn't necessarily on the page, but Archie and I and Rod talked about putting in there a little bit. Based off of what they saw, the Kings-- the writers-- [responded well] to that interaction and added more to it.

Can you give any teasers or any spoilers about their relationship? I am sure you guys have shot a bunch of scenes and episodes that we have not yet been privy to.

There's actually a couple of big plot points as far as that relationship is concerned, so I can't really hint at it without giving some major plot points away.

Fair enough. We've seen Cary be shrewd in the courtroom and relentless when it comes to research, but he's not so good with consoling witnesses, despite his charm. Logan Huntzberger from Gilmore Girls was just as charming but far less serious…unless you consider the seriousness with which he threw parties. What do you see as the major differences between these two characters that have become so popular?

I think the main difference was Logan was pretty lost and young, and he didn't really have any idea of who he was. He was spontaneous and would do whatever he wanted for him. Cary is essentially the opposite in that he's very focused, very driven, and you know, he went to law school young and is focused on what he wants to do with his career...Cary has a maturity about him and has his sh*t together when Logan didn't.

So I take it you're not playing Cary like he has this secret personal life where he's stealing boats and taking exotic cliff-diving trips!

Uhhhhh, no [Laughs]. There are certain things about Cary's life that are going to be revealed that are layers. There's an episode we just got finished shooting where a friend comes in from the Peace Corps, and that's a storyline there where we get to see a little bit more of his personal life in that way.

Matt Czuchry - The Good Wife

Julianna Margulies, right Matt Czuchry © CBS Television Network


And I have to ask, the rumors have been flying ever since Amy Sherman-Palladino left Gilmore Girls in the sixth season, if there IS a Gilmore Girls movie, and they want Logan to come back, would you do it?

I've seen things written about that on the internet, but just so everybody knows, I have not heard the first word about that-- not through my agents or managers or Amy...it hasn't even been brought up.

It's a big if.

As far as I'm concerned, it's not really anything real in my world, but that being said, anything that Amy writes is going to catch my eye, and I'm going to read it and take a look at it and see if it would make sense for me to be a part of. That was a great character to play. I care for Amy a lot; she's a great writer, so if she were to write something that's definitely something I'm going to pay attention to.

Danielle Turchiano
Story by Danielle Turchiano

Starpulse contributing writer



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