America Ferrera returned to The Good Wife this week to continue her story arc as grad student and illegal alien Natalie. And I was happy to see that the character is developing in a way that will take better advantage of Ferrera’s talent.
Natalie, who came on the scene in February, got caught up in Eli’s dirty tricks for the Florrick campaign as the undocumented nanny of one of Florrick’s opponents. Although Eli exposed Natalie’s illegal immigration status, in the process he developed a huge crush on Natalie.
What got Ferrara interested in the part was that creators Robert and Michelle King took a different approach to undocumented immigrants.
“[Natalie] is sort of the anti-stereotype of what people imagine when they hear those labels,” she told OMG! “It felt like the Kings would be really great people to explore that world in ways that could show their audience an alternative to general preconceived notions about illegal immigrants.”
Ferrera’s final appearance is scheduled for April 12, and the LA Times talked to her about playing Natalie, who lost her job as a nanny and is now working as a day trader. She’s pleased that the character has the determination to overcome the setback and move forward.
Eli’s attraction to Natalie also has much to do with the fact that she is not the stereotypical illegal worker.
Asked whether Natalie and Eli will become more than friends, Ferrara demurred.
“I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say, so I’ll not say. But you know, anything is possible.”
I can’t picture it. But if anybody could pull off chemistry with Eli, it’s America Ferrera. You can catch up on recent episodes of The Good Wife at the CBS website.
Have you enjoyed America on The Good Wife? What do you think of Natalie?