Julianna Margulies has said playing a wronged political wife on TV has given her compassion for what a real-life politician's spouse is going through.
The Good Wife actress said watching Huma Abedin stand by New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at a recent news conference, after he admitted sending explicit online messages to women, reminded her how she played a similar scene in the hit show's pilot.
Julianna told the Television Critics Association: "My initial thought was that she had the exact look that I tried to capture in the pilot when you first meet the Florricks, and you see [Alicia] standing behind her disgraced man.
"It's sort of a soulless look... she was just going through the motions."
Julianna revealed she feels"complete compassion and empathy" for Abedin, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, because people are quick to judge and comment.
"Having played this character now for four going on five years, I see it differently," she said.
But The Good Wife star said sexting scandals like the one involving Weiner are the gift that keeps on giving for the CBS drama, keeping the show fresh.
The actress admitted she felt a little guilty that they were able to continue mining from such real-life scandals, describing Weiner's story as "the gift that keeps on giving". But she added that she hopes the show's portrayal of a woman scorned could provide a solution or inspiration for women in similar circumstances.
The fifth series of The Good Wife begins at the end of September in the US on CBS.