Christine Baranski: ‘It’s a good time to be a strong lady of a certain age’

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Christine Baranski was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week. She came out in a fabulous grey coat with leaf sequins paired with fitted black pants and a black turtleneck. She’s promoting her role on The Good Fight, it’s in its third season. She’s been playing the role of Diane Lockhart, which originated on The Good Wife (2009 – 2016). Christine talked about her grandmother, who was a Polish actress active in the theater in Buffalo NY (I went to college there!) when Christine was a little girl. She also talked about her work in theater, and about her character. I like what she said about how strong women are kicking ass in politics especially, that’s why I made it the title.

On her character Diane
She’s intelligent, well dressed, accomplished lawyer. She knew how to wield power. Now she’s in The Good Fight and it’s a moment in time when women, that kind of woman, is moving into positions of power.

We have six women running in the presidential race, we have Ruth Bader Ginsburg and we have Nancy Pelosi. It’s a good time to be a strong lady of a certain age and say ‘get out of here, we’re taking over, cleaning up.’

What’s the key to projecting power?
Do nothing. This is something I had to learn playing Diane. You think you have to work hard projecting your strength or power. If you think about it, a king or queen they just sit there. Everybody has to come to them. When you’re Clint Eastwood, you don’t move. The camera comes toward you. All you have to do is say ‘make my day.’ The longer I’m on this show, the softer I talk.

On the story that Michael Sheen calls his p3nis ‘The Great Christine Baranski’
Michael Sheen told me. ‘You know about that line. I had nothing to do with that.’ His then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman put that on Twitter. It went viral. He said ‘I had nothing to do with it.’ He’s a marvelous actor.

[From The Late Show]

Also Christine is taking courses from Oxford this summer! She said she’s taking two, one on The Duke of Wellington and another on the meaning of life. That’s so cool. Imagine just taking college courses over the summer for fun.

They showed a clip of Michael Sheen on The Good Fight and now I want to watch this show damn. It’s streaming on CBS All Access. I don’t have enough Christine Baranski in my life and she’s fabulous.

Here’s the video! I would say that we now have seven women running for President as Gillibrand has since declared that she’s running, but it’s technically still six women among 16 declared candidates. I think she was prematurely counting Stacey Abrams.

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  1. LaraK says:

    I adore her and I’d watch her in anything.

    • Lightpurple says:

      And she can do EVERYTHING. Drama. Comedy. Musicals. She has done it and done it magnificently.

    • Kitten says:

      One of the best. The header pic of her is GOALS. Love that dress on and makeup are perfection.

      • SM says:

        I love her. I could listen to her talk all day long. I love her hair also. It always looks great

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      Yup, me too. If I know she’s in it–I will watch it, because she is ridiculously great in everything she does.

    • Anna says:

      Agreed! I absolutely love her, too, and am so happy to see her continue to work at the top of her game. She is gorgeous and fantastic in The Good Fight. I watch that because of her. I wasn’t sure at first because I wanted the Black characters to take center stage but now with Audra McDonald and the rest of the amazing cast (plus her super spicy t.v. husband, can’t remember his name but damn!), it’s amazing. Looking forward to this season.

      And I LOVE what she said about being the king. Oh yes! Words to live by.

  2. BaronSamedi says:

    Love her, love her show and I just want her to be in everything and get a really juicy film role soon so she can win the Oscar she should have!

  3. Jess says:

    I love her and want to watch this show but I keep forgetting about try another streaming platform.

  4. NWRose says:

    Love her. I subscribed CBS all access bc of her show!

  5. Alexandria says:

    I love her so much, it would break my heart if I had to cancel her for a good reason. Queen!

    • SK says:

      Why would you ever have to cancel her? I think it’s a bit depressing worrying about having to cancel people constantly. Don’t think about it! I also think we need to understand that people are human and make mistakes and sometimes it’s worthwhile to be cranky at people but to get over it and let it go. Obviously there are things that are unforgivable, but most of the time people are just having a lapse of judgment and it can be a learning moment for them.

  6. lana86 says:

    She’s great, and on point about power. Power projection is sitting in the armchair godfather style. Assuming you actually have power 😀

  7. Jerusha says:

    The Good Fight is one of the best shows on tv. I have to wait for the dvd each year-damn you CBS All Access. Christine Baranski makes everything she’s in better. I adore her.
    Shoutout to all AMC fans-I could hardly believe she was married to Billy Clyde Tuggle.

    • LivePlantsCleanAir says:

      I await DVD’s for all the show recommended here. AND I have to wait for the price to drop till it’s reasonably affordable without busting the food budget (the only part of the budget that isn’t locked down). Netflix was $7.99 a month when we started, and now it’s $13.99…..we’re in discussion as to whether it’s still affordable (I’m saying yes!!) but The Good Fight isn’t on (Cdn) Netflix yet. If I’m lucky, it’ll land there soon. Looking forward to it 🙂

      • Jerusha says:

        Every single person in The Good Fight is sooooooo good! It’s one of the few I’m compelled to binge. With others I’ll take a few days to watch all episodes.

    • manda says:

      I just can’t believe that people pay for all access for one show. I think they have two shows. It annoys the hell out of me. Who does CBS think they are?

      • Rosalee says:

        I just bought season 3 on Apple was $29.99 – I decided not to wait for Amazon.

    • Lightpurple says:

      And she was married to Billy Clyde Tuggle for decades until he died of a heart attack.

  8. adastraperaspera says:

    Amen! And may the best woman win the presidency!

  9. Fluffy says:

    Always have loved her acting….anyone remember when she was married to and divorced from Dr. D**k?

    • FHMom says:

      Was that on Cybil? She was so great on that show.

    • KidV says:

      I still use quotes from her character in Cybil. That was a good show, I was disappointed when it was canceled. And it was good because of Christine.

      Christine is one of my favorite actors. I’ll watch anything she’s in.

    • Lightpurple says:

      And she welded a harp to the hood of his Mercedes. Just the way she said his name was hilarious

  10. mycomment says:

    she made a surprise appearance as the fake melania in a skit on Colbert’s show last week; and it was hilarious. and just a shoutout to the woman who routinely does melania is fantastic herself, laura Benanti. she just nails it every time.

    • Tiffany says:

      And it gives me extra joy knowing that Laura Benanti HATES Melania with a passion and has said so.

  11. alexc says:

    She’s one of those women that just has it – smart, funny, sexy as hell. Love her.

  12. cb says:

    Still waiting for Bad Moms 3: Grandmas in Vegas.

  13. BANANIE says:

    Her hair is always fantastic. I remember being a lot younger and seeing her in Chicago as Mary Sunshine and I absolutely loved it.

    Also, side note- I just found out my baby sis got into Oxford about an hour ago for grad school! Awesome school.

  14. Usedtobe says:

    Love her!
    She is amazing in everything she is ever in.

  15. Dara says:

    OK, I’m the nerd that has summer courses at Oxford on my bucket list. It sounds so fun, spend a week in lectures from experts in their fields and going on field trips around Oxfordshire (depending on the course). The ‘students’ eat together in the dining halls of centuries-old colleges and even sleep in the dorm rooms. It’s not exactly cheap, and the popular courses sell out as fast as Beyonce concerts, but some day I’ll get there.

  16. clairej says:

    She is such a stunning lady

  17. lucy2 says:

    She excels at everything! And looks great doing it.

    I really want to see the Good Fight, but I don’t want to pay for CBS. I’ll probably wait until all the new Twilight Zone is on there, and then buy it for a month or so and binge both shows.

  18. Charfromdarock says:

    I absolutely adore her.

  19. Alyse says:

    Class act, love her!

  20. Lucy says:

    I love her…and we graduated from the same high school (years apart, but still!) from what I have read on the site, she was a smart, nice person back then!