A Moment With Downton Abbey Star Joanne Froggatt
Only one month in, and 2015 is already proving to be a big year for actress Joanne Froggatt. Not only did the Downton Abbey star win a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama TV Series, the show also nabbed a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Ensemble. We caught up with Froggatt as she was getting ready for the SAGs red carpet to talk about her big win, stealing Lady Mary’s wardrobe, and more!
What was the first thing that went through your mind when you heard your name called for the Golden Globe?
For about the first three seconds I was clapping for the winner, on autopilot, until it registered that it was my name I'd just heard. Then I actually have no idea what went through my head, because I just screamed with surprise and ran around in three different directions. I remember kissing my husband and thinking, “I need to pull myself together.” It was an incredible surprise and an incredible moment.
Do you have a strategy going into red carpet events when it comes to what you wear and your beauty look?
My strategy for red carpet events is to wear something that is appropriate for the event and that I feel good in. I work with stylist Brad Goreski for U.S. events and he makes the whole process so easy and fun. Once I try something on, I know if it suits me or not and if I feel good in it, but he gets me to try things that I wouldn't have the vision to.
What do you love most about walking the red carpet at an award show?
I do love fashion, so my favourite part about the red carpet is seeing what everyone else is wearing!
Who are you rooting for to win the Oscar?
I am rooting for so many people/films at the Oscars, it's too hard to choose. There are some strong British contenders this year, which is very exciting, and some AMAZING movies. I wouldn't like the job of having to pick the winners.
If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe from Downton Abbey whose would it be and why?
If I could steel anyone's wardrobe from Downton, it would of course be Lady Mary's. Michelle and I have a lot of scenes when I'm 'dressing' her, so I know her wardrobe so well. I'm desperate to have a scene where Lady Mary catches Anna in one of her gowns.
The show has transitioned into the ‘20s. What do you love most about the beauty and fashion during that time?
I love the fashion of the twenties. It's a very glamorous, ladylike era, but exciting too because times were changing so much for women and that shows in the fashion.
Do you share any traits with your character Anna Bates?
I always say that Anna is the type of person we would all like as a best friend, so I'd like to think I share her loyalty and empathy.
What do you and your co-stars like to do when you have downtime while filming?
In between filming scenes there is a lot of chatting and a lot of laughing on set. It's a great set to be on.
Credits: Honour dress; Jacob & Co. jewellery
How would you describe your personal style?
Comfortable, with a little bit of edge. I can't go anywhere without my leather jacket.
Who are some of your favourite British designers?
Some of my favourite British designers are Mulberry, Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Erdem.
What was your first fashion memory?
Madonna's look in the movie Desperately Seeking Susan. I remember watching that movie over and over when I was a kid and being totally mesmerised by her.
Is there an actor or actress you would love to work with in the future?
So many: Meryl Streep, Cathy Bates, Helen Mirren, Toni Collette, Judi Dench, Ed Norton—I could go on and on.
What’s your TV guilty pleasure?
Murder She Wrote. I think I've seen every episode!
What song do you currently have on repeat?
I've got Noel Gallagher's “High Flying Birds” on constantly at the moment.
What are you looking forward to most in 2015?
I had the best start to 2015 ever, so I don't know how it could get any better.