EW – CBS All Access has announced that a third season of The Good Fight is on its way. The legal drama stars Christine Baranski as the inimitable lawyer Diane Lockhart, a character she fine-tuned on the CBS drama The Good Wife. The series also stars Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, and Delroy Lindo.
“The Good Fight is a perfect example of what we strive for a CBS All Access original series to be: thought-provoking, boundary-pushing and, most of all, incredibly entertaining,” said original content chief Julie McNamara in a statement. “We can’t wait to see what Robert and Michelle King, their creative team and the incomparable cast will bring to audiences in season three.”
The series is from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. If you want to catch up, both seasons 1 and 2 can be found on CBS All Access. The finale for this year will be available to stream on May 27. To get a taste of the drama, read our most recent recap here. (source)
The Good Fight Season 2 will premiere in the The UK next Thursday on More4, and a short article is dedicated to the show and Rose in the latest issue of ‘TV & Satellite Week’. You can read it below and find the scans in the gallery.
Most actresses would feel slightly miffed if their character was killed off from the biggest show on television. But you won’t find Rose Leslie complaining. The 31-year-old, who left Game of Thrones in 2014 when her wildling warrior Ygritte took an arrow through the heart, has never been short of work, and the Scottish actress returns to our screens this week in the second season of The Good Fight.
The spin-off from The Good Wife focuses on young lawyer Maia Rindell, played by Leslie, who we first met starting work at a large Chicago firm, Lockhard & Lee, alongside her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhard (Christine Baranski). However, it emerged that Maia’s father Henry (Paul Guilfoyle) was behind a Ponzi scheme that robbed hundreds of thousands of people – including Diane – of their life savings. The scandal forced Maia and Diane out of Lockhart & Lee to join a rival law firm. However, with the furore refusing to go away, the series one finale saw Maia arrested for helping cover up the scheme. As the new season opens, we find Maia due to face trial, and wearing an electronic tag, having already spent some time behind bars. However, Leslie believes that the ordeal has had a positive effect on her character. ’There is a strenghtening to her, and we see that reflected in her body langage. She isn’t taking any nonsense this time around.’
Other storylines see Diane beginning to rebuild her marriage to Kurt (Gary Cole) after they nearly divorced in season one. Meanwhile, the Chicago lawyers become worried when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging, sparking a copycat murder that sets everyone on edge. Since getting her big break as housemaid Gwen in Downton Abbey, Leslie has since appeared in BBC1’s Luther and C4’s cult hit Utopia. But she admits most people still associate her with Game of Thrones, especially as she is now engaged to Kit Harington, who played her on-screen lover Jon Snow.
’It was a great experience, but I think it’s important to change and not be associated with your character too much,’ she smiles. ’But I adored my time on that show. I loved wearing Ygritte’s armour and having a bow and arrow, and just being dirty and grubby. But I’ve been given some beautiful pieces to wear in The Good Fight. Maia has the most incredible wardrobe. I had the most beautiful Alexander McQueen two-piece and a Helmut Lang overcoat. So I’ve had a lot of fun in being able to wear clothes I would never have the change to in real life.’
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More news today ! A great new article about ‘The Good Fight’ has been published by The Advocate today and it includes a short interview of Rose :
THE ADVOCATE – Leslie’s character, Maia Rindell, who is Diane’s goddaughter, is a lesbian. Trump’s disdain for LGBT people was made clear in his pick of dangerously homophobic Mike Pence as his right-hand man as well as his support of allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. But when Leslie took the role of an inexperienced attorney, marriage equality had been approved by the Supreme Court, President Obama was in office, and Maia’s sexuality was just an aspect of her character.
Leslie isn’t aware of any upcoming plotlines that put Maia’s sexuality front and center, but she’s inspired by the show’s willingness to go headlong into difficult subjects even when she personally feels overwhelmed by the news cycle.
“With regards to her relationship and her love life, we haven’t seen a lot of kind of turmoil, so I think that is an incredibly interesting aspect in the storyline to explore,” Leslie says. “There was a moment where I just thought I wanted to bury my head in the sand because there was a sense of being overwhelmed [by the news]. However, I fundamentally believe in being informed.” (source)
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)
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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).
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.
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:
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As the BBC Children in Need Appeal night approaches (Friday 17th November 2017), Rose is amongst the latest stars encouraging people to ‘get their ears on’ and support the 2017 Appeal. Other stars backing the campaign this year include Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield, among others.
They have come together to encourage the Great British public to join them and help make a lasting, positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK by purchasing a pair of Pudsey ears and getting their ears on for BBC Children in Need.
The Super Furry Pudsey ears can be purchased BBC Children in Need’s website here or from one of the charity’s high street partners. They’re priced at £4 with at least 46% from the sale of the Pudsey ears going to benefit the charity. (source)
You can now find in the gallery an adorable picture of Rose wearing these furry ears to support the ‘Get Your Ears On’ campaign and below a promotional video :
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As you already know, Rose & her partner Kit Harington officially announced their engagement in The Times three weeks ago (yay !). Kit had spoken about it on The Jonathan Ross show recently (and showed a funny video of Rose reacting to a very scary April Fools’ prank which you can watch here), and today it is Rose’s version of the proposal which has been released :
NOW TO LOVE – Our favourite Game of Thrones couple Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are going to tie the knot, and we’re sure it’s going to be nothing like the Red Wedding. But while we’ve all heard Kit’s side of the story of how the proposal actually happened, we haven’t heard it from Rose.
Speaking exclusively to TV WEEK, the actress assumed Kit would propose in Iceland during a holiday next month.
“For Thanksgiving we happen to be going to Iceland, which is obviously a country we have many memories from and we both independently love,” she revealed. “I felt sure that was when it was going to be. I was confident to the max.” So when Kit popped the question well before their trip, Rose was shocked. “I was blissfully surprised when he dropped to a knee and asked me to marry him,” she said. “We happened to be in the English countryside, which is kind of an area that I don’t know that well. It was at night time under a beautiful blanket of stars … The man did well. It was highly romantic.”
According to Kit AKA Jon Snow, he fumbled his way through the romantic moment. Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said his grand plans didn’t get carried out the way he’d hoped.
“I was going to string up some lights in some trees and do all the romantic stuff, but we were in the country and we were under this beautiful night sky and had a log fire burning and red wine and I blew my load early,” he said before laughing at what he’d insinuated. “Sorry that’s a really bad expression!” he continued. “I was meant to do it the day after with the lights. What I meant to say was, I popped my question a bit early.”
While Rose’s GoT character Ygritte was killed (by her real-life fiancé, no less) in season four, Rose tells TV WEEK she’s still heavily involved with the cast and community. “Yes, I still very much consider myself a part of the family. I love experiencing that world again and going to see them on the sets.”
Rose plays lawyer Maia Rindell on the drama series The Good Fight and will soon be filming season two. (source)
It has just been announced that Rose is voicing the protagonist of the game ECHO, coming to PC on September 19th and a bit later on PS4 ! A trailer of the third-person sci-fi-inspired action game where you can see Rose at work can be found below.
The developers of ECHO have announced that Rose Leslie, also known as Game of Thrones’ Ygritte, will provide the voice for the game’s protagonist. A new trailer introduces ECHO’s characters, including protagonist En, who is voiced by the actress.
Rose Leslie provides the voice of En, alongside Nick Boulton, who worked as a voice actor on Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, as well as the Mass Effect series. While En is human, Boulton plays London, a sentient spaceship that takes an immediate dislike to En, in her role as passenger.
The game develops as En and London find a bizarre structure – The Palace – deep in space. En quickly discovers that The Palace is studying her, creating copies to use against her that learn from the way you play the game. A stealthy approach, for example, will see En’s copies learn to sneak around, while a more aggressive approach will see your enemies respond in kind.
You can see the new trailer, which shows En getting to grips with The Palace and talking with London, and features Leslie and Boulton’s dialogue. Be warned, however, Leslie might not sound quite like you remember her from Game of Thrones, having shed her wildling accent for something altogether more civilised. (source)
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Indie Game Studio ‘Ultra Ultra’ also talked about casting Rose as the voice of their new game’s protagonist on their Facebook page and said some lovely things about her :
Yes, Rose Leslie voices ECHO’s protagonist En! Ever since our very first trailer people have been calling us out on this, which has been great – We wanted Rose for the part precisely because of her distinct voice. She is of course known for her roles in Game of Thrones, Luther and most recently The Good Fight. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with her on bringing this character to life. Rose’s energy and uncanny ability to be at once vulnerable and bulletproof really fit the character, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.