I don’t usually post about acting outside the theatre on The Drama Teacher. But, as we all know, many television actors the world over either start or finish their careers on the stage. So, even though there are differences between television and theatre acting … it’s still acting.
It struck me recently how fabulous Julianna Margulies’ performances are as Alicia Florrick on the American legal drama The Good Wife. Her acting is so seamless and believable, it’s an absolute feast to watch.
As we Drama teachers know all too well, our students don’t get out to the theatre that often to see fine performances. Sometimes this is for economic reasons (cheaper for a teenager to see a movie than go to the theatre) and other times the theatre may not be geographically accessible or even “cool” enough for our Drama and Theatre students to see on weekends.
This is where I believe we sometimes have to resign to the fact that even our most passionate Drama students would prefer to go to the movies ahead of the theatre. I’ve sent my students off to the movies before with recommendations on great film acting, but I can’t recall the last time I told them to watch a TV show for the same reason.
But, I’m so impressed with Julianna Margulies’ acting on The Good Wife, I’ll be telling my Year 12 Drama class to enjoy the show this weekend and take notes in their living rooms on how and why this actress is so impressive? Because in my opinion, Julianna Margulies is the best actress on television at the moment and it is my responsibility for my students studying acting to know that. I’m sure our post-show discussions back in class next week will be very worthwhile, indeed!