Plus, the actress reveals what Rihanna has to do with her new show,Good Behavior.
Michelle Dockery is probably best known to the U.S. audience for playing the witty and elegant (and somewhat conniving) Lady Mary on the PBS smash-hit Downton Abbey. But after a six-season run, the Emmy-winning series wrapped up earlier this year, leaving Dockery in a position familiar to any actor closely associated with an iconic character: How do you move on and show the world what else you are capable of?
To that end, Dockery’s next part is a starring role on TNT’s new series Good Behavior, premiering in November. She plays Letty Dobesh, a con artist who has just been released from prison and becomes entangled with a hit man. It’s safe to say that, in the world of Good Behavior, there will be no tea and crumpets.
In Los Angeles this September, a few days before the Emmys (where she presented an award with Kyle Chandler), Dockery sat down with Vanity Fair senior writer Josh Duboff to discuss how she feels now that Downton Abbey is over, the challenges of playing a con artist, and what she makes of the comments she receives from rabid fans on her Instagram.