Archie Panjabi is proof that a kiss can tell a person what is happening in her life and whether she should stay in a relationship or in this case, on a show or leave. The British-Indian scene-stealing star of "The Good Wife" revealed in an interview with Radio Times that she made the decision to leave her role on the hit American television show "The Good Wife" following an intense kiss with actress Gillian Anderson while filming a scene for the BBC/Netflix series "The Fall" (Huffington Post - January 21).
During the scene the show's creator and director had to ask her to 'pull back' which immediately let her know that the strong personality of her "Good Wife" character Kalinda had become too prevalent in her work.
The news of her decision to leave "The Good Wife" has been common knowledge since October 2014 so fans and entertainment observers have been able to brace themselves for her leaving the show but until recently there was no explanation as to why she, one of the most popular and intriguing actresses on one of the highest rated shows was leaving.
Her explanation about why she decided to leave "The Good Wife" is understandable for some entertainment observers and also explains why some television shows prefer that their stars only work on one respective show until filming finishes for the season.
The best actors literally 'become' their characters in many situations and sometimes even after leaving the set they take parts of their character's traits with them.
It is very likely that Archie Panjabi never 'took a break' after the filming of "The Good Wife" and thus bought some of the traits of her Kalinda character who she had developed from a minor character into a strong, alpha female character to her character Reed Smith in "the Fall".
Archie Panjabi landed on her feet as Twentieth Century Fox signed the beautiful and talented actress to a development deal but her story is a lesson about the dangers of a role becoming such a 'part' of an actor's DNA that it seeps into their work.
Even supremely talented actors such as Archie Panjabi need 'time' to leave behind a character from a previous project before they take on another character and if they don't the old character can and sometime will interfere with the new character as she experienced in "The Fall" but likely will not let happen again in her career. Experience in this situation was a great teacher for the actress primed to become a television superstar, Archie Panjabi.