Julianna Margulies Says Her Attorney Husband 'Didn't Know Who I Was' When They Met
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When Julianna Margulies was first introduced to her husband Keith Lieberthal, she had already left her lead role in the hit NBC drama ER.
"He honestly didn't know who I was," the 54-year-old actress told PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I mean, if he'd seen my work, he wouldn't have known. He was in law school. I said, 'There are a few movies you shouldn't see.'"
In her new memoir, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life, Margulies tells of her turbulent childhood and how the separation of her parents as a child affected her attitude towards love. Cautiously optimistic when she met 48-year-old Lieberthal, the two began dating and invited him to the premiere of their 2006 film Snakes on a Plane six months after their relationship.
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"It was actually the weekend of our six-month anniversary since we met, so we were in LA and we went to this restaurant to celebrate," recalls Margulies. "I just remember looking over the table at him after seeing that movie that ... I mean, listen, it was a fun movie and I'm going to do it all with Samuel L. Jackson but it's not a high profile movie. And it was so much fun. "
The star insists that at that moment she knew Lieberthal was the one. "We had a great time at the premiere and just laughed at each other," she says. "At dinner I said, 'Wow, if he could get through this and still see me for who I am, I would marry this guy if he asked me tomorrow.'"
The two married in 2007 and then welcomed their only child, 13-year-old son Kieran. Margulies says the idea of having a son was "a bit out of my comfort zone. I come from a family of all girls; I knew how to do it." Take care of a girl. "
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Now "her son teaches me every day," she says. "He taught me how to relax during the pandemic. I lost it several times. I remember asking him, 'Are you okay?' He says, "What is there not to love? I go to school in my pajamas, you go home every night and cook a delicious meal, and then we play. "
Margulies, who is currently filming the hit AppleTV + series The Morning Show in LA, admits that she taught her son how to "play poker".
"So you just know if my son is in jail for counting with 25 cards. It's completely my fault," she adds.
Margulies' memoir, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life, will be released on May 4th.
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