Matt Czuchry has many fans from his roles on The Good Wife and Gilmore Girls, but one bared repeating.
“I got recognized in a locker room one time in a gym by a naked man. I was sitting down, and he was standing up,” Czuchry said to the laughter of the crowd at a Sunday panel for The Good Wife.
The event, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, was organized by the Tribeca Film Festival to commemorate the CBS show’s final season. Czuchry was asked to share a memorable fan encounter.
“He loved The Good Wife. Things were flopping in all sorts of [directions],” he said with a grin. “That was a pretty good one. I had no idea what he said to me, by the way.”
On the event’s red carpet, Czuchry — whose previous series, Gilmore Girls, is set for a four-part Netflix reboot later this year — praised his diverse fan base and the “deep connection” he’s been able to have with them through his roles.
“I have so many great fans. No matter where they’re from, or what color skin that they have, or what their sexual preference is, those fans are the reason I do what I do,” he said.
“I have a chance to connect with people who I’ll never meet but get a chance to make a deep connection through the work that I do,” he continued. In addition to entertainment, Czuchry said this connection includes “having a moment that makes them think about something differently.”
On The Good Wife, Czuchry’s character, Cary Amos, identifies as straight. But previously, his character was in an open relationship with a bisexual woman of color, Kalinda Sharma, played by Archie Panjabi.
Speaking with The Advocate, Czuchry pointed to this relationship and how it was portrayed without fanfare, as an example of how The Good Wife has excelled at moving the needle for LGBT issues.
“It’s just this is Cary, this is Kalinda, there are two people who are together and they’re just trying to figure it out,” he said. “And to me, that’s the way it should be in the real world.”
Czuchry also had a message for states like North Carolina that pass anti-LGBT legislation.
“I think that any place that discriminates against people, any bill that discriminates against any people is on the wrong side of history,” he said. “The country is constantly moving forward in a progressive way, things are getting better in terms of that. But we have work to do.”
Watch the red-carpet interview and the full panel from The Good Wife below.