“Downton Abbey” fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with the cast and crew of the Emmy-winning PBS Masterpiece period drama? We’ve listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with producer Gareth Neame, writer Julian Fellowes, and stars Joanne Froggatt and Laura Carmichael.
Joanne Froggatt on the shock of her Golden Globes win: “It was the biggest, bestest shock of my life. It was quite obvious how surprised I was. It was like a fairy tale, and I kept having to pinch myself… I was just convinced it wouldn’t be me because it was so many amazing women in the category. So many of them had won Emmys that year.”
Laura Carmichael on Edith’s transformation over five seasons: “The war did a lot for women of this era. Certainly for Edith, she discovered a role for herself and what it’s like to feel useful. Series one Edith would be surprised at where she ended up. She thought she had all the answers and was hit by life happening.”
Julian Fellowes on deciding to end the show after the upcoming sixth season: “It’s the basic reality of anything you do on television is there is always someone who’s going to be incredibly unsatisfied. I don’t think you should let that hold you back too much. The truth is, in the end you can only do your best. You can only make the show that you want to see. Certainly, we didn’t want to go on and on and on and on because we wanted to leave while people were still sorry to see us go. And on that basic principle, [series] six seemed a pretty good number.”
Gareth Neame on getting ready to say goodbye: “I think it’s only beginning to dawn on people that the end is nigh. It’s not going to sink in until we shoot each actor’s final scene or we shoot the last scene at Highclere Castle. As we applaud off each character on their last scene will be quite moving.”
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