Julianna Margulies on playing a lesbian on 'The Morning Show'

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Julianna Margulies opened up about playing a lesbian character on season two of "The Morning Show," which also stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
(Warning: Spoilers for season two of "The Morning Show" ahead!)

Should straight actors play gay characters?

It's an ongoing debate in Hollywood, and Julianna Margulies weighed in with her views in a recent interview on the "Just for Variety with Marc Malkin" podcast.

The former "Good Wife" star, 55, plays a high-powered journalist on season two of "The Morning Show." Her character, Laura Peterson, is a lesbian, and she becomes romantically involved with Reese Witherspoon's character, Bradley Jackson.

Margulies said she did not have any hesitations about portraying a gay character.

"No, because they asked me to do it, and I've played a gay character before, and who's to say I haven't had my own gay experiences?" she said. "We're making assumptions, then."

She acknowledged the debate surrounding straight actors taking on gay roles and whether those opportunities should be reserved for members of the LGBTQ community.

"I know there was some trepidation of — will lesbian actresses be angry," she said. "And I can tell you I would never, ever be angry if a lesbian played a straight woman. … I haven't seen the discrimination…
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