Whoever said that light was life
and darkness nothing? For some
of us, the mythologies
Having played my character, Mary, in a confident and happy place in the third season of the show, there was quite a reversal in the fourth season. Mary was in such a dark place after the death of her husband, Matthew (Dan Stevens). Our director, David Evans, really pushed me and challenged me to think very differently about Mary and about how she holds back. It was quite a challenge doing those scenes because your natural instinct as an actor playing a part with such sadness is to really show it.
To prepare, I found a blog called “A Widow’s Rant.” I would often read it because I wanted to tap into how it would feel to be a young widow. And numbness was what one of the widows talked about. She thought she would feel more, and she just didn’t. That’s what David and I discovered as the season went along. Sometimes actors will say, “My character would never do this or say that.” The third season of our show taught me that people can behave erratically or can be very numb or cold or even cruel when under certain circumstances.
Michelle Dockery on her most challenging scene
My fondest dream is that it will be the date movie that breaks up couples nationwide. Maybe people will walk out of there and think, ‘Maybe not. I don’t know if I know you well enough.’