Rose Leslie on Her ‘The Good Fight’ Evolution and Staying ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler Free
Filed in Article Interviews Television The Good Fight

Rose Leslie on Her ‘The Good Fight’ Evolution and Staying ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler Free

A new interview of Rose which you can read below has been released by E! Online today, and several new posters and HQ stills from ‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 Episode 2 have also been added to the gallery here, enjoy !

E! ONLINE – Rose Leslie is no stranger to playing characters facing indomitable odds on television, now her turn as Maia Rindell on The Good Fight has the actress facing them in a TV courtroom.Leslie made a splash on Downton Abbey as Gwen, a housemaid who longed for a better life outside of the downstairs. Her character eventually left the service industry with the help of Lady Sybil. To American viewers, she followed up Downton Abbey with Game of Thrones where she played Ygritte, the Wildling warrior and romantic interest for Jon Snow (played by her real-life fiancé Kit Harington). The character was adorned in furs with a dirt smudged face, slung bows and arrows and charged into battles with the best of them. Now, Leslie’s TV battles are little more civilized, but which does she find the more formidable character?

« Well, I think they’re two very, very different characters. The physique that one has to adopt in high heel shoes—automatically your shoulders are kind of pushed back because you’re trying to walk in them and your core strength is being used. I think that that informs the kind of body language on screen, and I think that as a formidable character it’s going to be hard to counteract that if you’re going to be, I don’t know, wrapped up in furs and running over a hill. I find both of them formidable in their own unique ways, » Leslie said.

« With Maia, there’s a sharpness to the world of The Good Fight and the beautiful outfits we get to wear absolutely inform the kind of determination we have, kind of episodically speaking with all six court cases that we find ourselves in. So I think the shoes, the clothes and the hairstyles and the kind of badass outfits that we get to wear definitely help getting across as a formidable presence, » she continued.

Season one of The Good Fight ended with Leslie’s Maia Rindell facing arrest following several twists in the investigation into the financial scam perpetrated by Maia’s parents (played by Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters). Leslie’s character, a lawyer just out of law school, faced a baptism by fire during her first season. She’s changed by the experience.

« She had an absolutely kind of awful time of it in season one…All aspects of her life were crumbling, and yet what I love and what has inspired me about her, is that she’s managed to kind of spin that incredibly traumatic experience into what essentially is the makings of her, » Leslie said. « I think that’s very noteworthy because in life it’s easier to admit defeat, but there has now been a turning point within Maia and a realization that the dilemma that she has managed to kind of get through has allowed for an opportunity for her to mature and evolve as a woman. »

One thing that hasn’t changed about Maia is the way her sexual orientation is portrayed on screen. Maia is a lesbian on the series, but her sexuality does not define her. It’s just a matter of fact.

« What I enjoyed about Maia is that yes, it doesn’t define her, it’s how I feel sexuality should always be portrayed on TV. So I feel that it is written and the way the character presents herself, I don’t necessarily feel responsibility simply because you are who you are and as a result there’s no need to project or kind of milk the situation or the sexuality. It just is what it is, and that simplicity is something that I hold in high regard because it should be accepted and one should move on and be regarded for their actions rather than their sexual orientation, » Leslie said.

Season two of the CBS All Access series will continue to mine the current political landscape for drama, but will also introduce a new layer: Lawyers are scared, not for their paycheck, but for their lives.

« There’s an overarching sense within this season of the lawyers being targeted and killed by disgruntled clients and they all have their own reasons as well for targeting us as a law firm. I think the brilliance of undertone of fear and that makes people react in all sorts of different manners. And I think the challenges with Maia is for her to keep her head above it all, carry on working and carry on fighting for what she believes in. There’s a resolve to her character, » Leslie said. « She is kind of searching for a mentor and finds it in Liz Reddick [Audra McDonald] and I think that speaks volumes of her and who she wants to become and evolve into…She’s no longer the kind of vulnerable girl. There’s a transition that you see in her and that’s exciting to the audience as well. »

Leslie has her own challenges as well. She’s in Brooklyn, New York filming The Good Fight while husband-to-be Harington is overseas filming the final season of Game of Thrones. The wedding planning is still ongoing, and figuring out « tiny little details » over FaceTime or email « is hard » and the distance « does make things a little bit trickier, but no, for the most part we agreed on most things, » she said with a laugh. « Which is good. »

And a message to fans, one she made clear to her Good Fight cast and crew from the beginning: Don’t ask her for Game of Thrones spoilers.

« Oh, Chris! I’ve hands down said from the beginning, sadly as season eight is now being shot I don’t want to know anything about Game of Thrones in terms of any spoilers and what the storyline is going to be. I want to be sitting down on my sofa along with the rest of world, as excited and as pumped. Genuinely, I don’t have a clue! I don’t have a clue and I’m very happy about that because all of this anticipation, all of this building up is just going to be so satisfying when we finally get to watch the first episode, » she said with a laugh. (source)

Gallery Links
The Good Fight > Season 2 > Episodes Stills [+ 4]

‘The Good Fight’ 02×01 Screencaps
Filed in Gallery Screencaps Television The Good Fight

‘The Good Fight’ 02×01 Screencaps

It’s finally here ! The first episode of The Good Fight Season 2 has been released this morning on the streaming platform CBS All Access. A new episode will be available each Sunday until May 27 – meanwhile, you can enjoy 447 HQ screencaps from the first episode in the gallery :

Gallery Links
The Good Fight > Season 2 > Screencaps: S02 E01 « Day 408 » [+ 447]

I have also added many featurettes promoting the show’s second season in the Video Vault which you can which here, as well as two new videos from Rose’s photoshoot for Watch! Magazine here.

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 News, First Stills & Promotional Pictures
Filed in Gallery Television The Good Fight

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 News, First Stills & Promotional Pictures

As the show’s season premiere is getting closer (March 4th), more promotional content is being released ! Two gorgeous HQ promotional pictures and four HQ stills have been added to the gallery and you can read the synopsis for episode 02×01 below :

Episode 201: “Day 408”
Season two premiere. An unfortunate event brings the firm together, along with the prospect of a new name partner, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald). Meanwhile, Diane struggles to grapple with the insanity of the world and Maia is confronted with another hurdle in her parents’ scandal. Erica Tazel, Jane Lynch, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jerry Adler and Paul Guilfoyle guest star.
Episode 201 will be available to stream on Sunday, March 4th.

Gallery Links
The Good Fight > Season 2 > Episodes Stills [+ 4]
The Good Fight > Season 2 > Production Stills [+ 2]

The creators of the show have also revealed the story behind Season 2 episodes’ titles :

Each episode of CBS All Access series The Good Fight‘s Season 2 will be named for how many days Donald Trump has been President of the United States. Like a hostage crisis, Robert King explained to Deadline. Which, he said, speaks very much to the state of mind of Christine Baranski’s character Diane, who will continue, in the second batch of episodes, to grapple with the insanity of a world in which Trump is POTUS.
The first episode, for instance, available March 4, is titled “Day 408.” Episode 2 is “Day 415,” for those keeping score. (source)

Finally, it has been announced recently that Amazon has acquired the show in a « Multi-Season International Licensing Agreement » :

Amazon Prime Video and CBS Studios International announced today a multi-season, licensing agreement for the CBS All Access premium series THE GOOD FIGHT across territories in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The agreement gives Amazon Prime Video the exclusive, first-window licensing rights to THE GOOD FIGHT in notable markets such as Belgium, France, Japan, Latin America, New Zealand, Portugal, South Korea and Turkey and exclusive second-window licensing rights for the series in other territories. (source)

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 First Trailer & Posters
Filed in Gallery Television The Good Fight

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 First Trailer & Posters

It’s finally here : the first trailer for the second season of The Good Fight ! Posters of the main characters have also been released, including one featuring Rose as a very fierce Maia Rindell, which you can now find in the gallery along with screencaps from the trailer. Reminder that the season premiere will be released on March 4th on CBS All Access !

Gallery Links
Television Series > The Good Fight > Posters [+ 1]
Television Series > The Good Fight > Screencaps | Trailer #1 [+ 58]

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 Premiere Date Revealed
Filed in Article Television The Good Fight

‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 Premiere Date Revealed

CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced season two of its first original drama series, THE GOOD FIGHT, will premiere on Sunday, March 4, 2018. New episodes of THE GOOD FIGHT’s 13-episode second season will be available weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers.

In season two of THE GOOD FIGHT, the world is going insane, and the Chicago murder rate is on the rise. Amidst the insanity, Diane, Lucca, Maia and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging. After a copycat murder, the firm begins to look at its own clients suspiciously. Meanwhile, Diane battles with a new partner at the firm, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald); Maia becomes tougher after her parents’ scandal puts her on trial; and Lucca is brought back into Colin’s orbit.

The series, from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi.

Robert and Michelle King serve as showrunners and executive producers of the series, which they co-created with Phil Alden Robinson. Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Liz Glotzer and Brooke Kennedy also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. The series is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

Last Wednesday, THE GOOD FIGHT’s first season was nominated for three Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series (Christine Baranski), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Delroy Lindo) and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Cush Jumbo).

(source)

‘The Good Fight’ Team on Confronting « Trump Fatigue » in Season 2
Filed in Article Television The Good Fight

‘The Good Fight’ Team on Confronting « Trump Fatigue » in Season 2

The Hollywood Reporter has released a new very interesting article in which Rose speaks about what’s coming for her character Maia Rindell in The Good Fight’s second season, coming on CBS All Access in early 2018 :

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER –  […] Diane won’t be the only facing tough questions in season two. After she was arrested in the final moments of the season one finale, Maia (Rose Leslie) will have a lot to think about when she faces trial in season two for her connection to her parents’ Ponzi scheme.

« There needed to be a point, I felt, thereby Maia was no longer going to continue victimizing herself. There had to be a point of her confronting everything that was in front of her and realizing that… her father is never going to change, » Leslie says. « Either she cuts him out of her life or is she forever going to be beholden to the Rindell name, to the scandal and never move on from it. I felt it was a very positive, healthy move for Maia to have this trial happen. »

Maia will have already spent time behind bars when season two picks up, but unlike Cary Agos’ jail stint during season six of The Good Wife, Maia won’t appear in an orange jumpsuit. « It is just me in my office clothes which once again are incredibly fitted and flattering so no complaints from me, » Leslie says with a laugh.

However, Maia (and subsequently Leslie) will be sporting an electronic ankle monitor. Leslie called wearing the monitor an « incredibly sobering » experience. « Knowing that I can feel that weight on my leg every day is a very nice constant reminder for me as an actress, » she says.

On the bright side for Maia, however, « there is a strengthening to her, » Leslie explains. « It’s given way to a hardening of sorts and we see that reflected in her body language. »

Cush Jumbo, whose character Lucca Quinn serves as Maia’s attorney, is also excited to see what’s to come for Maia as she emerges from the shadow of the scandal. « The storyline of Maia being dragged into her parents’ scandal is going to be wrapped up in a really brilliant way which I think is going to enable us to start to see her as her own person and not just an extended version of her family, » Jumbo says.

Robert promises « no one will be disappointed or left hanging » when it comes to the Rindell family saga, « but we also were aware of wanting other stories to dominate too so you’ll see it answered in what we think is a very satisfying way. It will not be dramatically thrown aside. It is there, it’s part of Maia’s makeup. »

You can read the whole article which also includes interviews from Cush Jumbo, Christine Baranski and the creators of the show here.

The Good Fight Season 1 DVD : Episodes, Gag Reel & Deleted Scenes
Filed in Television The Good Fight Videos

The Good Fight Season 1 DVD : Episodes, Gag Reel & Deleted Scenes

As you may know, The Good Fight Season 1 has been released on DVD a few weeks ago on November 13th. On it you can find the 10 episodes of the first’s season but also a fun gag reel and a few deleted scenes which I’m sharing with you today ! I have put together the deleted scenes involving Rose as well as the whole gag reel in two videos which you can watch below :


Screencaptures have also been added to the gallery. I hope you’ll enjoy !

Gallery Links
The Good Fight > Season 1 > Gag Reel [+ 101]
The Good Fight > Season 1 > Deleted/Extended Scenes [+ 134]

On the Set of ‘The Good Fight’ as the ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff Hits Its Stride
Filed in Article Gallery Television The Good Fight

On the Set of ‘The Good Fight’ as the ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff Hits Its Stride

As you may know, Rose is currently filming the second season of ‘The Good Fight’ in NYC and The Hollywood Reporter was able to spend a day on set ! Today they shared some amazing pictures taken of the cast and crew at work as well as a few words from the actors. You can find the scans from The Hollywood Reporter Awards Special 3 November Issue as well as some of the pictures taken by photographer Roger Kisby in the gallery below:

Gallery Links
Television Series > The Good Fight > Season 2 > Behind The Scenes [+ 4]
Magazines Scans > November 2017 | The Hollywood Reporter – Awards Special 3 [+ 4]

The Good Wife spin-off courting all new dramas
Filed in Article Interviews Television The Good Fight

The Good Wife spin-off courting all new dramas

The Good Fight is currently airing in Australia on SBS and a new interview of Rose was released in The Chronicle to promote the show there. I have added the scans to the gallery and you can read the interview below :

THE CHRONICLE – While her real-life partner battles White Walkers on Game of Thrones, Rose Leslie is taking up the good fight in the courtroom. The Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones star, famous for her line ‘You know nothing Jon Snow’, joins the returning cast of The Good Wife in the new spin-off The Good Fight.

Picking up one year after the events of the final episode of The Good Wife, a financial scam has destroyed the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose), while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) savings.

« I was aware, certainly, of The Good Wife, » Rose tells The Guide. « It had been on for seven years. I came quite late to the party, but girlfriends of mine had been speaking about it for a while. I was really excited (about The Good Fight), mainly because it meant I could work with Christine, and because it’s a very familiar universe where we get to create new characters. »

In the show’s first episode, which premiered last night, Maia is navigating her first day as a lawyer at Christine’s law firm when her father is arrested. As the news of his investment fund’s crash and alleged fraud hits the news, it turns Maia’s world upside down. « When we first meet her she’s fighting to stay sane, » Rose says. « The name Rindell used to bring with it so much respect and clout; it’s all she’s ever known. Then to have this enormous turnaround and for it to be tarnished and disgraced is such a mortifying experience.

« That jarring reality of suddenly you wake up and your world is no longer what you’ve known for 26 years was one thing that piqued my interest when I read the pilot. It’s a fantastic premise. » Both she and Diane must forge new futures for themselves if they are going to weather the storm. « Maia has to dig deeper than she ever has within herself, and the passion she has for the law is possibly the last resort she has to hold her head up high, » she says.

« There’s a strong desire to carve her own way in the world… and a determination in this young woman that I was very much drawn to.

« There’s a resilience within her that builds up by the end of the first season.

« I had always wanted to work with the Kings (writers Robert and Michelle King). They are incredible at writing court dramas and they write so vividly. They make sure their characters are flawed and imperfect. » (source)

Gallery Links
Magazines Scans > August 2017 | The Chronicle Daily News – The Guide [+ 2]

Leslie Up For The Fight
Filed in Article Interviews Television The Good Fight

Leslie Up For The Fight

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – To many she’s renowned as Kit Harrington’s other half.

But Rose Leslie’s gripping turn in The Good Fight, a sassy and slightly edgier spin-off of the Emmy award- winning series The Good Wife, will see the Scottish- born, London-based actress well and truly step out of her famous boyfriend’s shadow.

The 30-year-old portrays Maia Rindell, the daughter of a well-known billionaire couple who also happens to be Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) goddaughter.

The 10-part series picks up a year on from where The Good Wife finished, with Diane eyeing a cushy retirement — until she becomes entwined in a financial scandal involving the Rindells.

With her retirement dreams up in flames, Diane’s reputation, as well as her financial status, is in ruins.

Fresh-faced law graduate Maia, who had been offered an internship at Diane’s firm, is thrust into the public spotlight and struggles to come to grips with her predicament as a result of her family’s tarnished name.

Growing up at Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, Leslie also hails from a well-to-do family — her mother is a descendant of King Charles II while her father is the chieftain of Clan Leslie — but, much like her character, she remains incredibly grounded.

That’s what piqued my interest,” explains Leslie, whose acting credits include Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.

Being aware of her background and being told that she is a daughter of billionaires prior to filming the pilot, I was surprised and also impressed by the idea that she wasn’t entitled and that she has this strong desire to prove her worth.

She is determined . . . to make sure that she carves her own path in this world, and then of course before any of that can happen, her father is caught in this horrendous scandal.

I loved the idea of being staged as a stable woman and then for that to be turned on its head and have the relationship with her parents begin to crumble . . . and also to test her financially, professionally and mentally. That was also something I enjoyed grappling with.

Continue reading Leslie Up For The Fight