Michelle Dockery Talks with UK Red Magazine!

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As Downton Abbey bows out with a stunning Christmas Day finale, the show’s 33-year-old star talks exclusively to Red about coping with fame and wanting to take a grown-up gap year.

ON THE END OF DOWNTON ABBEY

‘On my last day of filming, leading up to that final take, I felt sick. I didn’t expect to feel so sad. But I think it was a smart move to end the show where we did. At the wrap party, the producer did a speech and said, ‘now let’s party like it’s 1925!’ My feet have only just recovered from all the dancing.’

ON COPING WITH FAME

‘When Downton first became… just the enormity of it. I was so overwhelmed and found it hard to adjust to being recognised and having my private life in the spotlight. You quickly realise that the press can get to you. I’ve got people around me who I can turn to for advice: my mum, and my partner, John [Dineen, her PR fiancé]. But, at this stage, my instincts are pretty good.’

ON GOOGLING HERSELF

‘When people write about you, of course, you’re curious to know what they’re saying. It’s dangerous to keep doing it because you will find things that will upset you. It’s a slippery slope. You see it a lot: people googling themselves and going crazy. I still do it occasionally. Like my mum came with me to a BAFTA event and, immediately afterwards, I was on my phone because I couldn’t wait to see a picture of my mum on the red carpet. But it’s different now because I don’t care as much. I think most women care less what people think of them as they get older.’

ON WHETHER ROLES FOR WOMEN ARE BETTER NOW THAN THEY USED TO BE

‘I think so. Bridesmaids was a huge turning point because it showed women can be funny and outrageous and sexy and complicated all at the same time. I have so much respect for Kristen Wiig for pulling that off.’

ON SHOPPING FOR BARGAINS IN ROMFORD

‘My favourite shop is HomeSense. It’s basically like the homes section of TK Maxx. I recently bought one of those natural coffee tables, like a tree stump. £40! It would be at least £200 in London. I go home to my mum and dad’s for all the bargains.’

ON WANTING TO TAKE A GROWN-UP GAP YEAR

‘I never had a year out. Now I want to go travelling. I’ve never been to Australia. I’d love to go to India. There are so many places in Europe I’d like to see. I want to go backpacking. Or interrailing.’

Source: http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/interviews/michelle-dockery-downton-Abbey-interview-pictures-exclusive

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