The Good Wife is simply better than ever, so it’s fitting that GQ and Tommy Hilfiger would celebrate Josh Charles aka Will Gardner as one of their “Men of New York” last night. You could say we’re major fans of the show here at Daily HQ. We asked Charles about his history as a New Yorker and why, exactly, he loves the Big Apple.
Congrats on your “Man of New York” honor!
I’m flattered they asked me. Tommy is such an iconic figure and GQ is such a great institution. I love the magazine. It’s also great they’re doing such great work for The Fresh Air Fund, which I’ve just become familiar with. It sounds like they do fantastic stuff for underprivileged kids, by getting them out into the country.
Do you know any of the guys you’re sharing the honor with?
I don’t! I may have met Carson [Daly] once many moons ago, but I don’t know any of them.
How long have you lived in New York for?
I first moved her in 1987. I lived here for awhile and then moved to Los Angeles and came back. I’ve been solid here for the last 11 years.
What is it about this town?
I love the people, the arts community, the architecture, the food. I love everything about New York. It’s such an intense city. You definitely need to decompress from it from time to time. There’s not much I don’t like about New York City.
The Good Wife is killing it this season. What kind of reaction are you getting from people on the streets about the show lately?
There are always interesting reactions from people on the street. There’s something about a television show: Because you’re in people’s homes, they have no qualms about grabbing you on the street to tell you what they think…which I like. Most people are really respectful, and are enjoying the show this year. The storylines that they set in motion on the finale of last year reinvigorated the writers, the actors, and the crew. In the fifth season of the show, for us to be hitting such a stride feels great. I feel really blessed to have been a part of it for the last four and a half years. I’m excited about the work we’re going to do.
How much longer do you think you’re going to stay on the show?
Josh went to the Tommy Hilfiger And GQ To Honor The Men Of New York At The Tommy Hilfiger Fifth Avenue Flagship event yesterday. Added 4 pictures in the gallery.
Amazing episode last night. Josh was amazing.
As a teenager, Josh Charles stole hearts in Dead Poets Society. In his 20s, he stole scenes in Threesome and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. And by 30 he stole entire shows (think Aaron Sorkin’s late, great Sports Night). Little wonder, then, that in his 40s he’s one of the best characters on TV: legal eagle Will Gardner of The Good Wife, a role that has earned him an Emmy nomination, a critical mass of critical acclaim and more than one blog devoted exclusively to his will-they-or-won’t-they relationship with Julianna Margulies’ character, Alicia Florrick. Earlier this year, Charles opened up about what’s next for Will and Alicia, what really happens between takes, and whom he gets mistaken for. (Hint: He’s also on CBS.)
Watch!: Did you honestly have any idea the show would be this successful?
Josh Charles: You never know. Hollywood is like Vegas sometimes—particularly TV shows—what’s going to stick or not. But I certainly thought the writing was really strong and knew it had potential. The question with any show is, can that writing sustain itself? And I think that’s been one of the most amazing things: doing it on a network schedule, 22 times a year. The writers just keep turning out excellent material.
Watch!: Let’s talk Will and Alicia. What do you think her defection will mean for their relationship—and for the show in general?
Josh: I think it stirs things up in a really good way. Since Alicia has been named a partner she’s seen some of the dark side of management, and that hasn’t really thrilled her. So I think her leaving the firm is part of that, part wanting to do things on her own, and part wanting—or needing—to create distance from Will because of their relationship, or whatever it is. And it’ll be interesting to see how that all plays out.
Watch!: Do you think it creates the possibility of more romance, or does it put up more of a wall?
Josh: My feeling is that she believes it will give them more space not for a relationship, but to prevent a relationship. To sort of stop what’s happening. She needs to have distance to do that, combined with wanting to start on her own and do things her own way.
Watch!: Do you have a personal desire to see them go one way or the other?
Josh: As long as it’s interesting and feels honest and authentic. … What’s interesting to me is that you’re dealing with a relationship that has a tremendous amount of passion and conflict.
Watch!: Do people just walk up to you on the street and offer their unsolicited, expert opinions about it?
Josh: Yeah, I mean that’s the beauty of New York, you know? [Laughs.] It’s one of the amazing things about this city: People are just willing to talk to you. But also, when you’re on a television show, it’s a different experience than with other media. People really feel like you’re in their homes on a weekly basis, and there’s a different kind of connection with audience members than when they see you in a film or a play.
Added new pictures of The good Wife in the gallery. Thanks to Claudia.
Added screencaps of last night’s episode of the good wife in the gallery.
Josh was at the 12-12-12 New York premiere on November 8. I’ve added a few pictures in the gallery!