Elizabeth McGovern ‘doesn’t understand’ the popularity of ‘Downton Abbey’.
The 60-year-old actress will reprise her role as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era,’ and although she’s convinced it will be a hit, Elizabeth still doesn’t know why he’s got so much of success.
Speaking to the UK edition of OK! magazine, she said: “People ask me why the show has been successful over the years and I have no idea.
” I do not understand. I’m just grateful. But viewers tune into it for different reasons.
Elizabeth thought doing the “Downton” movies would be a bigger and better experience than working on the TV show. But the actress found there was very little difference.
She said: “The funny thing is that it looked a lot alike.
“I thought the snacks on the [film] the whole thing would be better but no… they weren’t.
“We were in the same house, we stayed in the same small guest rooms around [Highclere Castle].
“The movie looked and felt so much bigger, expansive and more ambitious than the TV show, but the actual act of shooting it is really the same.
“You always have to hit your marks and say your lines. So that was a bit surprising to me.
The American actress initially found the way of working on the show very “foreign”.
She said: “I think there is a real cultural gap between the US and the UK.
“How the English approach worked was very foreign to me.
“I guess it has as much to do with language as anything else.
“Sometimes I felt like I was a stranger and on another planet among all these very English actors, many of whom come from these traditions going back generations.”