Julianna Margulies suits up for National Geographic Channel's 'The Hot Zone'

But she didn't realize just how much until she had to wear a sealed, full-body biosafety suit while filming the upcoming limited series "The Hot Zone."

Margulies spent hours in the suit while filming the six-part show about how the deadly Ebola virus appeared on U.S. soil in 1989.

She plays Nancy Jaax, a veterinary pathologist with the U.S. Army faced with containing the highly contagious Ebola virus when monkeys shipped from the Philippines began testing positive at a facility in Reston, Virginia.

Margulies, 52, said she hopes the show helps shine a light on the problem, and the fact that "we need to stand behind our scientists and start supporting the research.

Margulies consulted with Jaax about the hazmat suit, asking her how she handled it and what she would think about when putting one on to handle the world's deadliest viruses at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Maryland.

In fact, Jaax told Margulies the suit was her "happy place."

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