Michelle Dockery is ‘absolutely obsessed’ with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The cast of Downton Abbey: A New Era has been in New York this week to promote the film. This post contains some photos from the premiere event in NYC, as well as one shot of Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael stepping outside after an interview. Michelle wore a long-sleeved Givenchy to the premiere, Laura wore a cute black Oscar de la Renta. I love Laura’s look, and I hate that the Givenchy makes Michelle look so bulgy and frumpy.

Anyway, the previews for A New Era look SO dumb. Downton Abbey was always a ditzy soap opera, but it worked because the costumes, settings and accents made it seem more “elevated” than a ditzy soap opera. With this film, they’re just going for full escapism and zero emotional conflict. It’s basically “Downton Abbey goes on a French vacation.” Still, I will watch it. So will CB. In any case, I enjoyed this story about how Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery are completely obsessed with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

During a joint interview with PEOPLE to promote the film, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern admitted they can’t get enough of Bravo’s unscripted hit The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

“We’re obsessed,” said McGovern, 60, who plays heiress Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham.

“Absolutely obsessed,” added Dockery, 40, aka McGovern’s on-screen daughter, Lady Mary.

In fact, she says, it was McGovern and costar Laura Carmichael, who plays younger sister Edith Crawley, who introduced Dockery to the long-running series. “I wasn’t into this show before Elizabeth and Laura were like, ‘You need to get into this show,’ ” continued Dockery. “So, I went straight in at season 1 during filming. If anyone wants to know what I was doing while we were doing the Downton Abbey 2 film, I was watching The Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Dockery says she’d screen the series in between takes and during meals: “On my lunch break, I’d have my iPod on, and I would be catching up on episodes.”

Though Dockery was all caught up on the drama at the time they spoke to PEOPLE, McGovern hadn’t yet seen the first episode of season 12. “Don’t tell me,” she told Dockery, who responded, “I’m not going to tell you anything.”

[From People]

That’s sweet that the women of Downton Abbey “have a show” that they all watch and obsess over. I wonder what they obsessed over during the original run of Downton? Sherlock, maybe? Mad Men? Or maybe it was some other trashy reality show, something British like The Only Way Is Essex? I also think that RHOBH is a favorite among the fans of all the Real Housewife franchises. Beverly Hills and RHONY seem to be the consistent fan-favorites, right?

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  1. Lizzie says:

    Sleek hair w/center part done to perfection.
    I love how these three gals seem to just be genuine friends. I love Laura’s black dress.

  2. Twin Falls says:

    I don’t care how dumb it may be, I’m so excited to see the Downton gang again.

  3. Southern Fried says:

    As far as Downton Abbey and RHwives, no no don’t make me. She’s done some good work in other movies/series. Her latest series on Apple+ was enjoyable.

  4. Concern Fae says:

    It’s funny, I’m an East Coaster and I got into RHOC during the first two seasons and loved it. These people were from Mars. It also helped that this was back when it was people who knew each other, and showed the negative effects of the lifestyle on the kids involved. Although that pretty much stopped after Season 1, which makes sense. I was excited for New York, but watching it, I was just I know these people, have worked for these people, it just brought back bad memories, so I stopped the whole thing.

    On Downton, it’s a binge watch on a snowy day show. They ran weekend marathons often enough that I could usually knit my way through one each season. Haven’t seen the movies, but my library has the DVDs, so I’m sure I will at some point. Fun fluff.

  5. KBeth says:

    She’s so beautiful but that dress is awful.

  6. J. Ferber says:

    I like the top pic with her in the silver dress. She would have looked way better with Will and Tom on the red carpet the other day.

  7. girl_ninja says:

    Michelle’s gown is bad, her hair and makeup are lovely and so is she so it’s a miss. Also her toes look like they’re spilling out of her shoes. Amazing that Michelle and Kate are the same age…Michelle’s skin is so just so lovely and clear. No lumps in sight.