Archie Panjabi says she left “The Good Wife” because of Gillian Anderson kiss in “The Fall”

We were sad to learn that Archie Panjabi was leaving The Good Wife at the end of Season 6, and now it sounds like she had even more reason than just because she was getting her own show. Archie talked with Radio Times Magazine about how her sexy scene with Gillian Anderson on The Fall clued her into something that she found a little bothersome:

“When I was kissing her, Allan Cubitt, the show’s creator and director, had to say, ‘Archie, can you hold back?’, because Gillian was supposed to take me by complete surprise. I didn’t think that I was very forward in (the scene), but obviously after a while a character starts to affect you. I thought, ‘Okay, I think it’s time to go now.'”


Kalinda is surely a very forward PI who uses her sexuality to get the job done if and when it’s called for, which is different from her character on The Fall, a pathologist who is married with kids but develops a connection with Gillian’s Stella Gibson. Reed is not as calculated as Kalinda, and ultimately doesn’t go through with anything further than kissing Stella because she has her family at home. Kalinda, on the other hand, often doesn’t consider other people’s feelings or loved ones when she’s following her libido.


Playing a character for six years can have an affect on actors, especially one that could lead to them being typecast. While we’ll miss Kalinda as one of the best bisexual female characters of all time on such a dynamic show like The Good Wife, here’s hoping Archie is happy in a new role of her creation on her upcoming Fox show and that we’ll see her in the inevitable third season of The Fall (fingers crossed).