‘Downtown Abbey’ Star Michelle Dockery In Harper’s Bazaar

Gwen Stefani graces the cover of the September 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, but she isn’t the only interesting person in the magazine! ‘Downtown Abbey‘ star Michelle Dockery also sat down for an interview. LOVE these pictures of her. Michelle showcases looks by Ralph Lauren Collection, Tom Ford, Alberta Ferretti, J. Mendel, and Etro in the photoshoot. Here are some excerpts from Michelle’s interview:

On being cast in ‘Downtown Abbey’: “Until then I’d played much more vulnerable parts, but I remember coming out of the audition, and Dan Stevens [who plays Mary’s handsome love interest, Matthew, and with whom Dockery previously appeared in the TV movie The Turn of the Screw] was in the waiting room. I said, ‘Who are you up for?’ and he said, ‘Matthew.’ She laughs. “I walked out and thought, Oh, that could work.”

Why she believes Downton is so celebrated, especially in the U.S.: “I think some period drama can be quite alienating, but Downton isn’t,” she says. “This is going to sound quite, um, pretentious, but someone said that it’s like a soap written by a poet.”

Michelle thinks her character, Lady Mary, would be very modern if she lived today: “She’d be in charge, her own boss. She’d have married very well and maybe had kids, but I don’t think she’d be particularly maternal.” She laughs. “She’d definitely have help.” As for modern Mary’s style: “Armani. Simple, clean.”

She characterizes her own look in a similar way. She’s a fan of actress Charlotte Gainsbourg’s boyish aesthetic. “Very French, understated. That’s the kind of style I go for.”

She maintains her figure with workouts at her gym in London’s Shoreditch. On location, however, it’s harder to work out: “Once you’re in costume, you can’t really exercise in a corset.”

I can see that! You can read Michelle’s entire interview in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, which will be available on August 21.

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