No actor wants to be out of a job, but Michelle Dockery takes her love of Downton Abbey to a whole new level.
“There’s a part of me that never wants it to end, because I love it so much,” the actress told Harper’s Bazaar. “And once it’s all over, I’m sure there will be a period where I feel slightly at a loss. It’s like this love affair that I have with my job.”
The third season of the drama ended in a surprise with Dan Stevens’ character, Matthew Crawley, getting in a car accident and dying. Even Dockery admitted she was not only surprised, but “was in a flood of tears” after reading it in the script. Dockery did add that it “opened a door of opportunity for Mary”.
With stars like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan spiraling out of control, what is the secret to staying sane in this business? Dockery says it’s just to have fun, "It’s very easy in this business to take things a little too seriously or yourself too seriously, and I grew up learning how to laugh at myself."
That attitude has gained the beautiful actress praise from the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, “[She] was able to demonstrate that curious mixture of cold exterior with the hint of deep feeling and sexual allure that for me, at least, takes one back to the giants of my youth: Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, or Grace Kelly, the ultimate icon of fire wrapped in ice.”
The August issue of the magazine containing the full interview and a photoshoot hits stores Thursday.