There have been a lot of casting announcements lately for the second season of “The Good Wife” and one in particular caught Archie Panjabi‘s — who plays Kalinda, the show’s law firm investigator — eye.
“The character I’m really excited to find out about is my competition … Another person is joining as an investigator,” Panjabi told Zap2it, the day before CBS confirmed that “Friday Night Lights” alum Scott Porter is joining the cast in the role.
While in Season 1 Kalinda was a bit of an enigma between her secretive private life and under-the-radar aid to new lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), viewers will get to see more of the Emmy-nominated Panjabi’s character this year.
“I know they are definitely going to reveal something about her and why she’s so private,” Panjabi says. “I’m guessing it’s going to be some skeletons hidden in the cupboard coming out. It’s going to be a challenge to me to start revealing parts of Kalinda.”
Although her ankles are probably not one of the parts that will be revealed, as Kalinda’s vast boot collection is practically the wardrobe equivalent of a security blanket.
“I call them my magic boots because they help me become her. I really can’t do a scene without them. I’ve tried it and I just can’t do it. They’ve just become so much a part of her that in Season 2, her range of boots has increased. As a character, it’s just something in the walk. They help me so much.”
Those boots will come in handy navigating the rocky terrain of as things don’t go smoothly at the law firm of Lockhart, Gardner and its new partner, Derrick Bond (Michael Ealy).
“Tough times are ahead. I think there’s going to be a lot of tension in the office,” Panjabi says. “We’ve got a third partner coming in … I don’t know that they’ll like it. Everybody’s going to start getting nervous about what’s going to happen there. Definitely some dark stories coming, which I look forward to playing.”
“The Good Wife” airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.