‘The not bad Fight’: Cush Jumbo on How Her Pregnancy Breathed fresh Life Into Season 2 (Exclusive)

The undercurrent for The not bad Fight‘s fresh season has the Chicago legal world on high alert when disgruntled clients target their high-powered attorneys, some of whom die in broad daylight. which’s the rare high-stakes, life-and also also also-death danger presented to Diane Lockhart and also also also company which elevate the sophomore season to fresh heights.

“Season one was all about establishing which fresh part of The not bad Wife universe, although which season has been so much fun to shoot and also also also do because which has elements of dark and also also also light,” Cush Jumbo, who plays brilliant attorney Lucca Quinn, tells ET. “which’s also the funniest season we’ve ever done.”

which will also be the 1st time a cast member’s real-life pregnancy will be written into the series. In January, Jumbo revealed she is usually expecting her first child with husband Sean Griffin in April, and also also also in turn, Lucca’s journey will reflect which significant life change. In a chat with ET, Jumbo shared how Lucca’s priorities may have shifted due to her baby’s impending birth, what which means for her relationship with ex Colin Morrello (Justin Bartha) and also also also why powerful career women shouldn’t have to choose between career or family.

ET: What were the conversations like with The not bad Fight creators Robert and also also also Michelle King over whether they would certainly write your pregnancy into Lucca’s storyline which season?

Cush Jumbo: They bought me some fertility sticks and also also also I peed on them over the summer, and also also also they let me know when my husband and also also also I could [get pregnant]. [Laughs.] I’m totally joking, obviously! which’s one of those things which was a happy accident. I was in England doing a play and also also also I got pregnant — which wasn’t something which me and also also also my husband had particularly planned — and also also also like Lucca does, I had to tell my employers which I was having a baby. The Kings, being the wonderful and also also also creative beings which they are, thought which was a great opportunity to explore a narrative which they hadn’t done before, in terms of a woman who isn’t with the father of the baby, is usually on a partner track on a law firm and also also also is usually doing definitely well in her career and also also also today is usually terrified about how which might impact her career within the way which she is usually seen — especially since she has built up herself as a strong, non-vulnerable success story.

Even via The not bad Wife days, Lucca has established herself as a woman who is usually always career first, family second. How does her pregnancy shift which focus for her, or does which?

which adds an extra facet to her character which even I hadn’t accounted for. which’s one thing to say Lucca has always been strong and also also also serious, although she’s never done which before. She starts off approaching her pregnancy almost like how she approaches everything, almost as if which’s a business transaction. She’s expecting which she’ll be back to work four and also also also a half hours after she gives birth. As you do when you’re pregnant, your body begins to take over. which’s an interesting discussion: Does society accept a woman who is usually pregnant and also also also working, and also also also consider her to still be a sexual being? is usually she taking any necessary help via the people around her because she is usually carrying a baby and also also also which whole idea of “I am absolutely fine and also also also I can do absolutely everything. I can balance everything. I can have everything all the time,” is usually just not true. which sometimes takes more strength in asking for help and also also also generating yourself more vulnerable than there is usually in shutting everybody out. which’s what she’s going through today.

How important is usually which to Lucca to hold the father of her baby within the picture?

She has to go through a black book and also also also a calendar and also also also work which out when she was ovulating. [Laughs.] She knows [who the father is usually]. which’s kind of a Rachel situation via Friends. which’s more like everyone else who is usually trying to work which out. She knows exactly who which is usually, although with her and also also also Colin not together, there are questions about whether which is usually Colin or not, whether she should tell him or not. which’s a one-night thing which happened between the two seasons.

What is usually Lucca and also also also Colin’s status which season?

Their relationship continues to be in flux. There are some girls who are definitely into having the happy ending, even if which means settling for not quite the right guy. and also also also although Lucca knows which Colin is usually a great person to father a child [with], because he’s reliable in some ways, I don’t think she’s ever been fully satisfied by what she gets via him in a relationship, and also also also maybe which’s because she’s not quite satisfied with herself yet. She’s not quite discovered who she is usually. which’s more which he’s chasing the happy ending a little more than she is usually, especially today which which might help his political career which he’s trying to launch, and also also also she’s suspicious of which. She has no problem being a co-parenting single mother.

The fresh season also ups the stakes with lawyers being targeted by clients and also also also dying, which wreaks havoc within the Chicago legal world and also also also introduces the idea which inside the walls of a law firm actually may not be safe. How has which tonal shift been to play?

which’s so exciting. which’s the overriding feeling, which is usually very unnerving for them at the law firm, which prides itself on being the law firm which fights for the underdog and also also also does the right thing and also also also works against police brutality. Actually, some of the decisions which we’re generating are about money and also also also about us and also also also not about the law, and also also also which’s what’s happening within the politics around them too. If you’re going to lie, why don’t I lie a little bit? If you’re going to bend the rules to win, why don’t I bend the rules to win? which shines a light on what the right thing to do is usually, and also also also maybe which’s why some of these clients are losing their minds. which forces the law firm to look at itself. which’s quite an exciting place to be, because within the not bad Fight and also also also not bad Wife universe, nothing is usually ever black and also also also white, there’s always a gray area in who is usually within the right and also also also who is usually within the wrong.

Audra McDonald is usually within the mix which season as Liz Reddick-Lawrence, the newest partner at the firm. What is usually Lucca’s take on Liz?

First of all, forget Lucca. Cush Jumbo can’t even deal with the fact which multi-Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald walks on the same floor as she does on a daily basis! which’s ridiculous! What’s helpful as actors is usually when you bring another kind of energy and also also also how which kicks the scales for the additional characters. Diane and also also also Liz have some great stuff together just simply because Liz’s energy is usually totally different and also also also brings out which additional side of Diane. via Lucca’s perspective, Liz comes via the enemy side of the line and also also also which makes her sort of a double agent. Lucca’s always got her eye on someone who’s sneaky, and also also also Liz is usually quite sneaky. 

What challenges face Lucca as she progresses on the partner track?

Lucca’s the only one who’s in which in-between stage of trying to be taken seriously although also looking at the law in a different kind of way. Like any woman at any age at work, which is usually trying to be tough and also also also likable, and also also also balancing which with her pregnancy, trying to hold onto which narrative of “I can do which. Don’t write me off. Don’t downgrade me. Don’t assume I can’t handle which because I’m having a baby by myself.” Those are the challenges which she comes up against. A lot of them are in her own mind; these are conversations she’s having with herself.

fresh episodes of The not bad Fight are available to stream Sundays on CBS All Access.

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