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Julianna Margulies Talks Playing an LGBTQ Character on 'The Morning Show': 'Who's to Say I Haven't Had My Own Gay Experiences?'

Julianna Margulies Talks Playing an LGBTQ Character on 'The Morning Show': 'Who's to Say I Haven't Had My Own Gay Experiences?'

Julianna Margulies is getting candid about her character on The Morning Show.

The actress plays Laura, an out television reporter who begins dating Reese Witherspoon‘s character Bradley on the Apple TV+ show.

In an interview with Variety, she discussed whether she was worried her casting on the show would get backlash, as well as what drew her to the character.

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When asked if she had any reservations about playing a LGBTQ character on The Morning Show, she replied, “Who’s to say I haven’t had my own gay experiences? We’re making assumptions.”

“You’ve got Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon playing these two very strong characters, and in the second season instead of bringing a man in to upset that balance they brought in a woman. Hats off to that, because the truth is women are more afraid of women,” she continued. “They dress for women. We don’t dress for men. We dress for each other. We want to impress each other much more. … It made so much sense, and I thought, ‘Ah, a show that gets women. This is great.’”

She went on to say she thought there was a possibility her casting would get backlash.

“I know there was some trepidation of ‘will lesbian actresses be angry?’ and I can tell you I would never, ever be angry if a lesbian played a straight woman,” she said.

Julianna said she appreciated that her character was “100% comfortable in her own skin” and didn’t have a “hidden agenda.

“She is probably the only character on that show that has no hidden skeletons in her closet… I view her in the midst of all this chaos that’s going around and all these secrets people are trying to keep it’s like all she has to do is stand still just to make a difference,” she explained.

She continued, ““It’s almost like she’s the lens of the audience and the audience gets to watch these people absolutely spiraling down in front of your eyes but you sort of see it through Laura’s and Laura’s done all the work on herself to get completely comfortable with who she is in her sexuality to have gone back to field work in journalism and really earned her stripes the right way to get to where she is in her career, which is at the top. It’s sort of a wonderful place to play, to watch people squirming and to say your life doesn’t have to be this hard. You’re making it much harder than it needs to be.”

Earlier this month, Julianna shared her thoughts on an ER reunion.

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