Our obsession with Downton Abbey shows no sign of abating — we’re currently rewatching it on Hulu Plus — which is why we love that Michelle Dockery, aka Lady Mary, sat down with Harper’s Bazaar for an interview in the September issue, and she dishes on why the series is so popular, as well as her personal style.
Dockery first shot to fame in London’s theater scene as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and then moved onto TV dramas. But it’s really her role in Downton Abbey that made her a household name Stateside. Weighing in on the show’s popularity, which has spawned some hilarious spoofs, she explains:
“I think some period drama can be quite alienating, but Downton isn’t. This is going to sound quite, um, pretentious, but someone said that it’s like a soap written by a poet. I used to get quite defensive of people saying it’s soaplike, but it kind of is.”
While Dockery has to wear waist-cinching corsets during the show, she reaches for “very French, understated” looks when she’s away from the cameras, and admires Charlotte Gainsburg‘s boyish style. The actress adds that if Lady Mary were a women in today’s world, the character would definitely wear Armani.
Despite her already busy filming schedule, the 30-year-old actress isn’t showing signs of stopping anytime soon. She just finished shooting Anna Karenina with Kiera Knightley, is in the midst of wrapping up Downton Abbey‘s third season, and will start filming the period piece Restless with Charlotte Rampling. So yeah, girl’s pretty busy.
But she’s not too busy to model glam gowns in the issue by the likes of Tom Ford, Etro, and J. Mendel:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.