Cush Jumbo was nervous. She had something she needed to get off her chest before returning to work on The Good Fight, the CBS All Access spinoff of The Good Wife, and she wasn’t sure how her bosses, Robert and Michelle King, would take the news. She’s pregnant.
“I was terrified to tell them even though they would never have a bad reaction,” Cumbo, who plays Lucca Quinn on the series, told E! News during a recent set visit. Jumbo was seated behind her desk in her TV office and eating oatmeal, she had just wrapped for the day. This is her third season as Lucca, she originated the lawyer character in the final season of The Good Wife.
“You’re really emotional at the beginning anyway. And I was only a few weeks when I found out…I didn’t plan it. I was doing a play in London when I found out…I was on a bachelorette party in Ibiza when I found out, so you can imagine how not drunk I was,” she said with a laugh.
She told the Kings about her pregnancy before her own parents. “Because I had to,” the actress said.
Jumbo said it was an interesting process to tell her employer because in her line of work, acting, a pregnancy either has to be written in or hidden. “And I’d heard horror stories about people kind of being, downgraded,” she said. Her mind began racing about all of the possibilities that could happen to her and her character. She even consulted The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, her former costar, about sharing her news and how the producers on the show would handle it.
Having her character regulated to sitting behind desks and wearing big coats with large bags was “exactly what I didn’t want,” she said.
“I actually had a conversation with Julianna and she was the person who was like, ‘It’s gonna be fine. Whatever way,’” she said. “I went to Jules about it and I was like, ‘Oh my god. What am I gonna do?’ And she said, ‘Whichever way it goes…it’s such a great team that you’ll be fine.’”
Margulies was pregnant while working on the short-lived Fox legal drama Canterbury’s Law and told Jumbo about her experience on camera while with child. “She said, ‘I wish that I had had it written in.’” Not because of the physical aspects, but Jumbo said Margulies told her “how difficult it is to play a non-pregnant woman when you are a pregnant woman.”