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Talking with the Cast of Downton Abbey

We attended the interview as a guest of the studio

Have you ever had a reoccurring dream about meeting someone you admire, such as an author, actor or politician?

I often do, and generally, in my dream, I always ask questions that I have been dying to know forever. Like why did the band really break up John? Or is it true that you are not really a redhead Lucy? Then whenever I wake up, I feel satisfied with the answer and that yearning is gone.

The other day when I was sitting 5 feet away from 3 actors from my favorite miniseries of all time, Downton Abbey! I was allowed to ask them questions that have been swirling around in my mind for almost a decade. Guess what? I blanked.

My question would have been how in the world do you keep a straight face when Maggie Smith, Dowager Countess of Grantham, throws out one of her many zinger lines?

Scene from Downtown Abbey

Whenever she opens her mouth to speak, I squeal in excitement! How do they do it and also how takes do they have to go through? So I could not open my mouth and ask my burning question. But, luckily I was amongst other fans who asked fantastic questions which were answered brilliantly by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Allen Leech.

A few of their questions grabbed my attention. One of which was if each of you had the opportunity to play a different Downton Abbey character for an episode, who would you want to play?

Dancing scene in Downtown Abbey

My answer hands down is the Dowager. Ultimately they agreed for the same reason. Her zinger lines but also after much thought each had their own character, but my favorite answer was Allen Leech, who said, Thomas Barrow.

Leech started by saying that he did not think he would do Barrow justice the way Robert James-Collier portrays him but would love to play the part of early Thomas Barrow. You know the evil, smoking, conniving Thomas Barrow that in my opinion, was just misunderstood.

Women in Downtown Abbey movie

As you might have guessed the Dowager is my favorite character, so when asked what your favorite line or scene from this movie is, I knew that the cast would agree with me and say one of Maggie Smiths lines which they did confirm.

Seriously how could you not want to say in a very stern and severe way? “Machiavelli is frequently underrated? He had many qualities” or “Principles are like prayers: Noble of course, but awkward at a party” and one of my favorites “How you hate to be wrong.” – “I wouldn’t know. I’m not familiar with the sensation.”

The moderator then passed the microphone to an audience member that thanked the cast and explained that after her father’s passing, she and her binge-watched Downton Abbey. The escape from their heartbreaking reality helped them cope and deal with the pain.

Each member of the cast was touched by her story to which McGovern explained that they often hear similar stories and that these truths genuinely mean so much to them. It is so easy to become tainted in the world of Hollywood, and stories like these are a reminder that you’re actually doing something that has helped somebody.

Downtown Abbey 2019 movie

Isn’t that the why we all rush to a movie? We all want to be taken away from the chaos or mundane of our lives. Don’t we all want to feel a sparkle of joy and excitement?

Downton Abbey is one of my pleasures in life, and I am so thrilled that it is on the big screen. I hope that it is doing really well so that they can start production on the film.

Might I suggest a birth, a wedding, and an ultimate zinger to complete the story? Downton Abbey is playing right now, check your local theater for showtimes.

Learn more about the film on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your love for the film on social media by using the hashtag #DowntonAbbeyFilm.

Naz Nodjoumi has lived in Orange County for over 35 years. She married the guy she sat next to in French class at WHS (go warriors), graduated UCI (zot zot zot) and has two kids. She’s grown up along side this once sleepy County and loves learning more and more about the ins and out of its great cities. When she’s not chauffeuring her kids around town, she’s either cooking, volunteering, or snapping away on one of her cameras. She loves museums, theater, art, discovering fun facts as well as traveling.
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