Michelle Dockery is happy to be back at the fictional estate that made her famous.
The actress is on the cover of the latest InStyle; in the issue, she discusses her return as Mary for the “Downton Abbey” movie this fall.
Getting back into character was actually a bit trickier than expected, thanks to her more recent roles in the U.S.
“I’d been so used to playing Americans [accents] that when we filmed ‘Downton Abbey’ [the movie], I think [my character] Lady Mary started off being a little too posh,” she explains.
The 37-year-old also talks about the gap that separates the TV series and the new movie.
“Three years, but it felt like no time had passed at all,” she says. “[I realized] I’d taken some things for granted. Like driving up to that house, it honestly took my breath away. But I think the three-year gap was perfect, because we’d all been off doing our own thing, and it was enough time to really, really miss it.”
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“Go grunge or go home!” @TheLadyDockers jokes to @LauraBrown99 after recreating the signature ‘90s look for our September issue. “I think that may be my favorite shoot of all time. I was in Dr. Martens, which I used to wear. I was a grunger,” she recalls. “My mom used to make a lot of our clothes when we were growing up, and when I got to that grunge phase, she would make my skirts. That was her way of going, ‘I’ll make it look pretty and not really horrendous as if you just bought it from Camden Market and it’s dragging on the floor.’” Swipe for more images, and read the full story at the link in bio. | Photographed by @robbiefimmano; Styled by @juliavonboehm; Story by @laurabrown99
Strangely, being famous for starring in “Downton Abbey” has made for some funny fan encounters.
“If it’s ‘Downton’ they recognize me from, they come across as, like, slightly afraid. Which is the ‘Mary Effect’, isn’t it?” she says. “I disarm them by going, ‘Oh, hi there, love!'”
Dockery also talks about what it’s like working with Chris Evans on their upcoming Apple streaming series “Defending Jacob”.
“Chris is one of my favourite people,” she says. “The content of the show is very intense. We are playing the parents of a boy who has been accused of this awful murder of a boy his age in his school. But Chris is a laugh, and we share the same sense of humor, so it’s so brilliant to work with him.”