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Julianna Margulies On "The Good Wife"

By: Donna Freydkin

Of her many professional achievements, one counts pretty high up there for Julianna Margulies: her role as activist against gun violence.

Thursday, as it happens, is Gun Violence Awareness Day. Margulies is active with the Brady organization, which has made its mission to cut the number of U.S. gun deaths in half by 2025 -- an issue in the headlines again Wednesday after a shooting at UCLA that left two dead.

When Margulies stopped by AOL BUILD in January, gun violence was top of mind with her. She and other big names had just signed a letter praising President Obama for taking measures on gun control. Here's what she had to say back then:

"What I find so fascinating about this whole topic that none has really talked about is that everyone who is pro-gun is anti abortion. They're all pro life but they're killing everybody. None of it makes sense to me, that we wouldn't just have common sense laws. Just common sense laws," said Margulies.

The key word here is "reasonable," said Margulies. "There's no rights being violated. No one has the code to my cell phone, so no should have a code to anyone else's gun. It's that simple."


So what can you do? Wear orange (a color we love anyway) to raise awareness of the gun violence epidemic and honor the victims and survivors. And learn about the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Here's a look back at her beloved series, "The Good Wife."

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: 'TBD- 612'--Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce ) square off in a crucial debate in the race for State's Attorney as Peter and the city of Chicago prepare for a potential riot, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Cable news host Chris Matthews appears as himself as the debate moderator. (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: 'TBD- 612'--Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce ) square off in a crucial debate in the race for State's Attorney as Peter and the city of Chicago prepare for a potential riot, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Cable news host Chris Matthews appears as himself as the debate moderator. (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: 'TBD- 612'--Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce ) square off in a crucial debate in the race for State's Attorney as Peter and the city of Chicago prepare for a potential riot, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Cable news host Chris Matthews appears as himself as the debate moderator. (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: 'TBD'-- Alicia faces a crisis of conscience when she's encouraged to go negative in her campaign for State's Attorney. Meanwhile, the Feds try to persuade Cary to work with them as they attempt to build a case against Lemond Bishop, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R)Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick and Chris Noth as Peter Florrick (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
'Message Discipline' -- While preparing his case against Cary, Finn discovers a potentially devastating piece of evidence, which could have ramifications for Alicia and Peter. Meanwhile, Eli becomes wary when a new prospective candidate emerges in the race for State's Attorney, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, November 2, 2014 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: 'Oppo Research' -- When Alicia agrees to further explore the option of running for State's Attorney, Eli brings a respected campaign manager into the fold to help her decide once and for all, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo By Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images)
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