When the cast of Downton Abbey met with the Television Critics Asociation, I was able to get a few minutes of one on one time with each of the ladies. I was armed with questions provided by you Downton Abbey fans on Twitter, who have sent me your suggestions for questions to ask the stars. Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, answered your questions about her singing, upcoming movie and costars. Thank you for participating in this Fan Voice interview, and please stick around Fan Voice and look around some more!
Fan Voice: Do you have any plans to become a jazz singer?
Michelle Dockery: [Laughs] I have plans to do a little more in music I think. It’s just finding the right time to do it and I do love singing. I just need to kind of dedicate a little bit of time to it at some point.
Fan Voice: What has it been like working with Tom Cullen and Julian Ovenden?
Michelle Dockery: Great. They’re fantastic and they’re such great actors. Everyone who joins the show really becomes part of the family. tom Cullen’s got us into a game called Bananagrams, which we’re all loving.
Fan Voice: If there is a Baby Bates, how will that affect Mary?
Michelle Dockery: Oh, I’d love a Baby Bates. She’d be looking out for Anna if there was a Baby Bates.
Fan Voice: What can you tell us about your upcoming movie, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with Simon Curtis?
Michelle Dockery: Well, that’s kind of in the works. The script is there. It will happen at some point we think.
Fan Voice: Will that be a very different role than Downton?
Michelle Dockery: It’s a great character. I loved the book before I even knew about the script so yeah, it’s very much a work in progress.
Fan Voice: What was the very first production you were ever in?
Michelle Dockery: I guess the first production I was in was a pantomime of Dick Whittington and I played the cat, Tommy the Cat.
Fan Voice: How old were you?
Michelle Dockery: I was like 12.
Some of your questions were answered in the press conference with the cast, so I will include them below. For the sake of accuracy, please understand the above questions were from my exclusive interview with Dockery, below are public quotes.
Have you ever followed the #DowntonAbbey tags or Tumblr?
Michelle Dockery: I’ve had I’ve had moments of thinking maybe I should maybe I should go on Twitter. Maybe it’s this thing that I’ve been shy about, and maybe I should do it, and it turns out that the Lady Mary’s Eyebrows have beaten me to it. I can’t believe it. There’s an actual page called “Lady Mary’s Eyes.”
Are we going to see the baby?
Michelle Dockery: She was never going to be a very maternal mother. But also, within the aristocracy, they didn’t really they didn’t really see their kids very much. So there’s a nanny, and eventually there will be a governess looking after baby George. So you don’t see much interaction between the baby and Mary. And actually, to begin with, it’s hard to relate. It’s hard to bond with the baby because, of course, she’s going through the grief. And she looks at him, and she sees Matthew. So, yeah, it’s a slow process, I think, with motherhood for Mary.
What can fans expect from season 4 Mary?
Michelle Dockery: She actually has more than one love interest. [Lord Gillingham]’s an old family friend who she’s known since the girls were children, and they haven’t seen him since she was tiny. She’s kind of slowly, throughout the series, coming back to real life. And of course, it’s important for her to eventually move on. So he is a potential love interest, yes. Mary becomes far more involved in the running of the estate with Tom. So we do have a lot of scenes together. But, romantically, I don’t think it’s going anywhere. I hope not. It’s very inappropriate.