In an odd sort of way, we think Downton Abbey can serve as a perfect example of the vagaries of the acting profession; who winds up benefitting from a show like that and who doesn’t. Who managed their career well and who didn’t. Because not to be cruel about it or anything, we’re always a little surprised by who in the cast moves on to bigger and better things and who doesn’t. Didn’t we all assume Michelle Dockery would be the one standing on big-budget premiere red carpets in gowns first – and endlessly forever after? Did we ever think Daisy the kitchen maid was going to wind up here before her?
Not to take anything away from Sophie McShera, who is a charming and very cute young actress of no small talent who can anchor a scene all by herself. But five years ago, you would have thought all three of the actresses playing Crawley daughters were right on the cusp of bigger and better things.
Anyway, let’s talk dress.
While it’s true that this does look an awful lot like a wallpapered kitchen in the seventies, we can’t do anything but love it for its freshness and boldness. We suppose she felt she had to wear a gown to a Cinderella premiere, but we think she could have really nailed the shorter version. It’s much cuter and slightly more youthful than the gown, which tends to remind us of something worn at the Nixon Inaugural Ball.
But even with that one bitchy comment slipped in, we have to admit that we really love this look for her. We’re not a hundred percent on the eye makeup and we wish she’d done something more interesting with her hair, but we can’t fault her for boldly choosing something like this.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Xclusive/PacificCoastNews, Andrew Gn]
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