Starring in The Hot Zone made Julianna Margulies more germaphobic

Virus thriller The Hot Zone is the first time Emmy-winning actress Julianna Margulies has played a real person, someone she believes is "an American hero", no less.
Virus thriller The Hot Zone is the first time Emmy-winning actress Julianna Margulies has played a real person, someone she believes is "an American hero", no less.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Julianna Margulies has made a career out of playing smart and capable women: the wise Nurse Hathaway on medical show ER (1994 to 2009) and legal eagle Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife (2009 to 2016).

But while those characters were dreamt up by television writers, the brilliant scientist she portrays in the virus thriller The Hot Zone is the first time the Emmy-winning actress has played a real person, someone she believes is "an American hero", no less.

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