Let them not eat cake! They don’t have time because they’re busy giving back to the community. Instead of the traditional cake-cutting ceremony to mark their milestone 100th episode, the cast and crew of The Good Wife partnered with St. Bernard Project to rebuild homes. Today is the one-year anniversary of super storm Sandy, and the Good Wife team visited the Rockaways, an area of Queens in New York, to help rebuild the damaged homes. The show’s Juliana Margulies, Josh Charles, Chris Noth, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Zach Grenier, and creators Robert and Michelle King were all there to help out. “We reached out to see if [The Good Wife cast and crew] wanted to get involved,” said Reese May, Director of East Coast Operations at St. Bernard. “Especially since the cast and crew did so much in the days right after Hurricane Sandy. There was a natural synergy.”
Before the cast and crew got to work, they presented the St. Bernard Project with a check for $77,185 in front of Margaret McNaulty’s house, which served as the home base for the project. McNaulty moved back into her childhood home in August 2012, two months before the hurricane. She was just settling in when the storm destroyed her home. “I’m so overwhelmed,” McNaulty said. “All of these wonderful volunteers within two hours, they have walls up. I haven’t had walls up for a year!”
And that’s why the show’s crew was happy to forgo the traditional party. “I think the New York community is a spectacular community in that it’s very tight-knit,” Margulies said. And as it turns out, some members of the cast were just waiting to show off their special skills. “Zach [Grenier] is really a first-class carpenter,” Margulies said with a laugh. “He’s in there putting all of us to shame.”
The Good Wife airs Sundays on CBS at 9 p.m.