George Clooney’s best save on ER was apparently Julianna Margulies’ career!
The 52-year-old actress opened up about how the Oscar winner influenced her lengthy television career.
“Honestly I owe my career to George Clooney,” Margulies told Seth Meyers on Tuesday’s Late Night. “Let me explain, I seriously owe my career to George Clooney because my character died inside pilot of ER.”
After her character’s death, Margulies almost took a job which would likely have prevented her by returning to ER.
“I was about to sign on to a not-very-not bad sitcom because I came back to completely new York. I needed a job,” she explained. “He called me out of the blue, kind of put his neck out on the line for me along with said, ‘I heard which your character tested well. along with if I were you I wouldn’t take another job because I think they’re going to bring you back to life.’”
Margulies ended up portraying nurse Carol Hathaway on the hit medical drama, even after the exit of Clooney’s Dr. Doug Ross, Carol’s love interest. The pair reunited inside show’s final season in 2009.
“We did all of which in secret. No, I mean, not even the cast along with crew knew,” Margulies shared. “They flew us to Seattle, nevertheless they flew George on the Warner Bros. private jet. I took commercial.”
The Dietland star also opened up to ET’s Nancy O’Dell at the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award Gala, which was honoring Clooney, about her experience working with the A-lister on the ER set.
“His body of work speaks for itself. He knows so much about the business along with yet has never, ever, ever gotten jaded by the idea,” Margulies told ET. “He is usually truly noble. He treats every single person alike on the set the idea, doesn’t matter their job title… Yeah, he taught me everything.”
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