Julianna Margulies on Hollywood feminism and her unease with fame

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Julianna Margulies has a long, Emmy-laden TV career, encompassing such critically acclaimed series as ER and The Good Wife, and she believes the current “golden age of television” presents more exciting opportunities for female actors than ever before.

“Women are realizing that the most challenging and interesting things written for them are now on TV,” she tells Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. “Until five years ago, TV catered to male leads. I wouldn’t say it’s equal, but it’s getting there.”

She also says she sees change in the air when it comes to the entrenched sexism in Hollywood. “There is a generation coming up that understands equal rights,” she says in the interview. “People fight for what they believe in — equal pay, gay rights, all of these things that should have happened years ago. [But] we have a long way to go.”

Having been a television fixture since the mid-1990s, Margulies admits she’s still a bit uneasy with being famous.

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“I never think of myself as a famous person,” she says. “I think of myself as a working actor who happens to be in a show that everyone watches. I can’t control other people’s opinions of me; all I can control is my reaction to it. Someone in Idaho may hate me, but I don’t have to know about it!”

You can read more of Margulies’ interview in Net-a-Porter’s The Edit.

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