Elizabeth McGovern chats about ‘Cheerful Weather for the Wedding,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and domestic life
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Thelma Adams: You have become a period entertainment icon -- would you liked to have lived in a past era, or are you really a modern girl at heart?
Elizabeth McGovern: Being in a corset for half a day convinces you that we women have been born into the right era. I wouldn't want to go back to those days. Now is a great time to be a woman. Playing this part of Cora while being someone that was raised in the '60s, and all that represents, I find myself gnawing at the bit. I couldn't personally turn back the wheels mostly because there's so much more for women now that we can expect from our lives. I don't think we should take that be granted. All you have to do is step into Cora's shoes for the day!
TA: Elizabeth, you're a mother of two girls, Matilda and Grace. Did you draw on those relationships in this movie?
EM: It's so easy to access because it's so close to my real-life experience, it's very easy for me to tap into those emotions. I love having girls. They're fascinating and complex and kind of your friend for life in a way. I love my kids, and I'm very happy for what they are.
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EM: She's got a really different lot in life because she's on her own with these two girls. She's lost her husband, and she's had to soldier on, and she's under a lot more strain in that regard. Her temperament is more high-strung as a result. She's got to shoulder everything. She doesn't have a partner anymore.