Going for the Gold"--Elsbeth (Carrie Preston, left) resorts to creative measures to help Eli (Alan Cumming, right) defend himself against the Justice Department. (Photo : David M. Russell/CBS)
It's Emmy season. As nominations are announced, the actors and the shows in which they star are celebrating their success. While Emmys commemorate and award those who perform best in television, they also serve as promotion for the series that partake. The more awards, the best the show, right? A handful of Emmys can propel a series to new levels of success. They can put a show on the map, so way not boast about it? It's an achievement. Those who receive awards have the right to brag and be thankful.
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Carrie Preston, who is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in "The Good Wife," is doing just that.
"I feel really lucky I was trusted with this part, and to bring this very specific creature to life," Preston said while reflecting on her role as Elsbeth Tascioni to TV Line. "It is a delight to get inside the mechanics of Elsbeth's brain and body - and to see how she ticks - whenever they give me the opportunity."
The role requires diligent attention to speaking patterns and facial expressions, which is not an easy feat, Preston explained. "I try to have some kind of blue print, so I know where this twist is going to happen, where that turn is going to happen, and then I show up on the set and just let that work I've already done settle in," she said. "Elsbeth surprises people; I let her surprise me as well. And the other actors on the show are extraordinary and give me wonderful things to play off of, too. It starts with the writing, though, and I go from there."
Overall, however, Preston says the most admirable part of her character is that "she's really fiercely, fiercely good at her job... Usually on television in these lawyer roles, we sort of see a talking head. But what the writers have done on 'The Good Wife' - not just with Elsbeth but with all the characters - is given them really specific traits."