AceShowbiz - Julianna Margulies now can find humor in her past "traumatic" meeting with Steven Seagal. The former "ER" actress, who has previously opened up about her hotel encounter with the action star, dubbed the interaction "very funny."
"Listen, I'm fine," the 54-year-old told Dax Shepard on his "Armchair Expert" podcast. "I got out of the room unscathed. And I wrote about it because - well, for several reasons. One, it's a very funny story. I don't mean to to belittle it in that it wasn't traumatic because it was. But nothing happened to me. I did not get sexually assaulted."
Julianna detailed that Steven asked [her] to come to his hotel room at 10 o'clock at night. On what happened once she was there, she explained, "[He] read my palm and told me that he was a healer and that I had 'weak kidneys'... I think that was his schtick with women was that he would tell them he was a healer."
During the chat, Julianna revealed how she first met Steven. "I was straight out of college and all I wanted was my SAG card," she first recalled. "I had given myself five years. If within five years I have not been able to make a living, pay my insurance and my rent by acting, I'll quit and do something else - something worthy of my time."
"But I'm not going to beg. And I'm not going to live on a futon for the rest of my life. So right out of college, I had this agent and they sent me on the Steven Seagal audition. I didn't know who he was," the Golden Globe award-winning actress continued. "I didn't go to see those kinds of movies. That wasn't my jam."
This was not the first time Julianna got candid about her casting experience with Steven. When making an appearance on "The Drew Barrymore Show" around a week prior, she remembered being frightened as she sat on a couch where the actor put a gun underneath it.
Julianna first shared the story in November 2017 amid the #MeToo movement. While she made it clear that Steven did not do any inappropriate things to her, Portia de Rossi, Jenny McCarthy and Eva LaRue accused the martial artist of sexual harassment. He, however, has shut down the allegations and was never charged with any crimes.