Gay brother in CBS’s “The Good Wife” is cast: It’s stage actor and “The L Word” alum Dallas Roberts
CBS, which had woeful LGBT representation on its scripted shows last season, has decided on who will play the gay brother of Alicia (Julianna Margulies) on The Good Wife.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the role has gone to 40-year-old stage (Nocturne, Burn This) and movie (Walk the Line) veteran Dallas Roberts.
Executive producer Robert King told EW that viewers should not expect a bunch of dram over his being gay: “We just thought [it would be interesting] if it didn’t matter. … Everybody around them thinks it’s an issue between them, but there’s no issue. We kind of like that it voids expectations of what will happen between them.”
“What this character allows us to do is access more of Alicia’s back story,” King added. “She was always the good older sister, he was always the younger, more free-spirited brother. And, we’ll see a little bit about what their parents were about.”
Roberts has taken on gay roles before, most notably opposite Colin Farrell in 2004′s A Home at the End of the World. He also had a recurring role on Showtime’s The L Word.