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A Day Out With The Good Wife's Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry doesn't like to lose. As Cary Agos — The Good Wife's deliciously multidimensional assistant state's attorney with a grudge — Czuchry (pronounced "zoo-cree") displays a fierce competitive streak. In person, the actor, 33, isn't much different — as he was only too happy to demonstrate over several merciless rounds of Skee-Ball at NYC arcade Dave & Buster's. What can we say? He's got game. TV Guide Magazine: This season, viewers have seen a different side of Cary.Czuchry: He's grown up quite a bit at the state's attorney's office. It's humbled him. Ambition is still at the root of who he is, but now we see more sincerity and vulnerability...

Ingela Ratledge
Ingela Ratledge

Matt Czuchry doesn't like to lose. As Cary Agos — The Good Wife's deliciously multidimensional assistant state's attorney with a grudge — Czuchry (pronounced "zoo-cree") displays a fierce competitive streak. In person, the actor, 33, isn't much different — as he was only too happy to demonstrate over several merciless rounds of Skee-Ball at NYC arcade Dave & Buster's. What can we say? He's got game.

TV Guide Magazine: This season, viewers have seen a different side of Cary.
Czuchry: He's grown up quite a bit at the state's attorney's office. It's humbled him. Ambition is still at the root of who he is, but now we see more sincerity and vulnerability.

TV Guide Magazine: Like most of the characters in this series, he's a chameleon. Smarmy one moment, sympathetic the next.
Czuchry: That is the balancing act. When I get that right, people are invested.

TV Guide Magazine: Why does Cary have such a soft spot for his leather-clad former coworker Kalinda (Archie Panjabi)?
Czuchry: In the past, he's always been trying to get something out of the women in his life. With her, he's been her protector.

TV Guide Magazine: The Good Wife is such a grown-up show — is that the vibe on the set, or all you all running around with whoopee cushions?
Czuchry: First and foremost, it is a highly professional set. Everybody's working long hours and coming in 100 percent prepared. People push each other to have great moments.   

TV Guide Magazine: Did you always know you'd be an actor?
Czuchry: In the fourth-grade talent show, my buddies and I dressed up like the California Raisins — they were big then! — and lip-synched. My sister said later, "I really believed that you thought you were a California Raisin." I took a theater class in college and loved it. When I graduated, there weren't other things speaking to me, so I moved out to Los Angeles.

TV Guide Magazine: And were you any good?
Czuchry: I doubt it. What I had was the benefit of having no clue that I didn't have any skill.

TV Guide Magazine: You landed a starring role in The WB's short-lived Young Americans, a few movies... then things got a little quiet.
Czuchry: It was the high and then that low. I was unemployed for two years. My fearlessness wore off and I had to figure out what it meant to be an actor. I started putting in the work necessary, and soon after that [the part of Logan on] Gilmore Girls happened.

TV Guide Magazine: You seem pretty private... How does being on a hit show suit you?
Czuchry: I am a very private person, but when you get recognized it's an opportunity to make somebody's day.

TV Guide Magazine: Why don't we ever see you in the tabloids, out trashing nightclubs?
Czuchry: I had the full college experience — and did all the things associated with that — but I got it out of my system at the right time and age. So I don't feel the need to do that now in my adult life. My priorities have changed.

TV Guide Magazine: So what's an ideal night then?
Czuchry: Probably going to the theater. I try to take in everything in New York, because I don't know how long I'm gonna be here. I didn't intend for that to be deep! Or playing video games at home.

TV Guide Magazine: Nerd alert!
Czuchry: [Laughs] Oh, man, yeah. I used to play a lot of Civilization Revolution. It's a strategy game that takes six to eight hours. You literally have to block off a full Sunday.

TV Guide Magazine: Any ladies in your life?
Czuchry: No. But I am looking. I want to be with somebody who could inspire me to get better in all aspects of my life, and whom I could do the same for. It's hard to find two people who match in that way.

TV Guide Magazine: You're a big believer in positive visualization, right? Any tips?
Czuchry: You can't sit back and let things happen for you. If you don't believe you're capable of something, then it's not gonna happen — either you won't put in the work or you won't realize when it is a real opportunity. Like my dad says: Have a five-year plan and adjust it every six months.

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