Now starring in CBS’ The Good Fight—a spinoff of the hit drama The Good Wife—Christine Baranski visited Stephen Colbert on The Late Show for Valentine’s Day.
Host Colbert asked why the actor hadn’t been back on the Broadway stage. “Because I’ve been doing seven years of The Good Wife and then we just went straight on in to The Good Fight,” she explained. She last appeared on Broadway in 2008 in Boeing-Boeing.
While Baranski has won two Tony Awards, for The Real Thing and Rumors, she admitted that doing Company was one of her most challenging experiences due to her fear of Stephen Sondheim “and then that ensemble stuff, you know, ‘Bobby, Bobby, Bobby come on over for dinner.’”
On the flip side, Baranski recently experienced one of her least challenging acting moments with The Good Fight.
“We were shooting the pilot just before, during, and after the election,” she said. “The pilot was written on the supposition that we would have a female president. We shot the pilot, but in editing, they realized they had an opportunity. So, they changed the opening of the pilot.” The late-night show screened a clip of Baranski as Diane Lockhart watching the inauguration of President Trump.
“The director said imagine that you’re shocked. I said, ‘No worry. I can play this.’”
Baranski earned six Emmy nominations for her work on The Good Wife; she won the award in 1995 for her portrayal of Maryann Thorpe on Cybill.
The Good Fight premieres February 19 at 8 PM ET on CBS before moving to CBS All Access, with new episodes available for streaming Sundays. The show also stars stage actors Cush Jumbo and Sarah Steele.