The Good Wife's Jess Weixler on Playing the "Wild Card" Robin to Kalinda's Batman
Jess Weixler | Photo Credits: David Giesbrecht/CBS
There are a lot of burning questions about Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) these days on The Good Wife (Sundays at 9/8c on CBS). Did she murder her husband?! Did she sleep with Cary (Matt Czuchry)?! Such questions make now the perfect time to introduce a second investigator at Lockhart Gardner to watch Kalinda's every move, and, natch, annoy the crap out of Kalinda while doing it. But will the very green Robyn (Jess Weixler) also pull a Blake Calamar and uncover Kalinda's deepest, darkest secrets? "I'm not giving anything away," Weixler tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. However, Weixler was happy to discuss playing the Robin to Kalinda's Batman and which Good Wife fan favorite Robyn is most like. Plus: Which team, cough cough, does Robyn play for? Read on to find out:
TVGuide.com: Were you a fan of the show?
Jess Weixler: Oh yeah. I had seen every single episode. I'm legitimately a fan so when they asked me to do it, they didn't even have to get out the whole sentence before I was like, "Yes, I'll do it."
How was Robyn first described to you?
Weixler: They described her to me as very accessible. Especially since they wanted to contrast the way Kalinda is. Kalinda is quite secretive and reserved, and I think my character is quite secretive, but at least has the quality of being accessible and really approachable. Kalinda's got this sexy aura of mystery, and I'm just like, "Hey guys! What are you doing?"
What was it like coming in and playing opposite a fan favorite like Kalinda?
Weixler: It was great and in a way, it kind of worked for who my character is. The fact that I'm a fan and personally excited — it helps that my character is so excited to be given a chance and a job. She has no qualifications. She is sort of Alice in Wonderland herself like "Who is this magical Kalinda woman? Tell me everything you know!" She has no real reservations. I think she's just so curious. She tends to poke at Kalinda without being totally aware that Kalinda may or may not like to be poked.
Have you gotten any feedback from creators and showrunners Robert and Michelle King?
Weixler: I don't talk to them but I'm told that they like the dynamic that it's creating. This is like a haphazard wild card thrown into what is a more serious tone for the most part. I feel like Robyn is closer to Carrie Preston, who plays Elsbeth Tascioni. What's really fun about it is the Kings have a way of making these [lighter] characters, but keep them based in reality. Even though it can be kind of kooky, which is super fun to do — to play somebody a little bit kooky — but in a very real world so it doesn't like fly off into shtick.
Kalinda is not very receptive to having to work with Robyn so far. Will Robyn win her over? How will their dynamic evolve?
Weixler: I don't want to say how it's turning out but I will say Robyn is definitely trying to win Kalinda over. I think Robyn just thinks Kalinda is the coolest girl ever. And she's one of those people who might kind of notice that Kalinda can be stand-offish, but Robyn is just going to keep trying. She just adores her, and is going to try to wean as much wisdom from her as she can for her own investigations.