Who knew that Julianna Margulies was so good at Jewish guilt?

It’s a skill not all of us have, but the Force is strong in this one, it seems. When Margulies needed to convince her friend and co-star Josh Charles to stay on “The Good Wife,” she used her powers of nagging persuasion.

Charlie Rose moderated a panel discussion focusing on the hit show this week, and the topic of Charles and his “Good Wife” contract was brought up. The actor was supposed to leave at the end of the fourth season and had no desire to fight his contract, feeling “fried” and ready to try his hand at a new role. Enter sly Jew Margulies.

“I called Josh, and I gave him terrible Jew guilt,” the Jewish actress told the panel and audience. “I knew he was about to get married and I said, ‘Josh, how about this? Fifteen episodes? Think about it. Money in the bank for 15 episodes. You’re about to get married. Do you know how expensive it is to have a baby in New York?’ I went right to the kid thing.” Expertly done.

“We were looking at kindergarten for our son at the time, and I was like, ‘Do you know how much private school is in New York?’ I went on this whole thing about kids and family, and he was like, ‘Well, 15? Let me think about that.’ And I said, ‘And two directing slots!’”

And it worked. Josh Charles stayed with the show, and made big TV news last week when his character was dramatically killed off. Now Julianna Margulies just needs to pressure him into actually having children.

J-Connection: Julianna Margulies is a Jewish actress.

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