TV LINE — An original Good Fight cast member is exiting the ring.
Rose Leslie — who has played legal eagle Maia Rindell since the CBS All Access drama launched three years ago — will not be returning as a series regular for Season 4. Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King confirmed the news to TVLine Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con, describing the series’ Season 3 finale as Leslie’s “sendoff.” (The Kings were at SDCC to promote their new fall CBS drama Evil (video of our chat is forthcoming).
News of Leslie’s exit hardly comes as a surprise seeing as how the Season 3 finale literally sent Maia off to Washington D.C., where she was poised to launch a new firm with Michael Sheen’s Roland Blum. Truth be told, the writing has been on the wall since Season 2, when the show’s focus — and overall tone — morphed from legal thriller to Trump-skewering political satire. The ensemble has shifted along with the narrative, with original cast members Justin Bartha and Erica Tazel also being phased out and new blood — from the likes of Audra McDonald, Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi — joining the full-time ranks. (source)
Rose will attend a charity event organized by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain with husband Kit Harington at The Royal Horticultural Halls in London on May 16th, 2019. The charity is raising money to help develop a treatment for Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, neurodegenerative condition which has currently no cure. More information can be found on the official website here where you can also make a donation.
« Join us and a host of celebrities including Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie for a gala quiz night and dinner at The Royal Horticultural Halls on 16 May. Hosted by much loved broadcaster Clare Balding OBE, dine with the stars and test your guests’ general knowledge at this very special evening in aid of MS research.
To book your place please contact Claire.Murphy@mssociety.org.uk »
MS Society is also currently hosting a silent auction with some really incredible prizes – including dinner for six people with Kit Harington and Rose Leslie ! All auction items are donated by supporters and all funds raised from the auction will go towards the MS Society’s vital research program, to find treatments for everyone living with MS. Kit and Rose are very kindly donating this prize – dinner with them at London member’s club Oswalds. The winner will be announced during the charity event. Click here for more information !
Ahead of Game of Thrones’ final season, Entertainment Weekly asked Rose to look back on filming the cave scene with Kit Harington and Ygritte’s famous catchphrase. Here are the lovely things she had to say :
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Before Rose Leslie married her Game of Thrones costar Kit Harington, they were just Ygritte and Jon Snow. The pair connected on the HBO fantasy drama and, through their performances, proved their chemistry extended beyond the screen. In the lead-up to the final season of Thrones (premiering April 14), Leslie looks back at one of her steamiest moments with Harington — and the phrase she can’t bring herself to say to her husband.
ROSE LESLIE: I remember that scene took a day and it was a closed set, so only the amount of people who were essential to the filming were allowed to be present. It was such a moment for the two lovers to finally come together, and the promiscuous side of Ygritte was wanting to teach Jon Snow a few things. There was a lot of fun to be had in terms of her demeanor and the way she held herself. I remember enjoying this side of her. She was a lot of talk, but she ended up walking the walk. I felt very safe, and I remember enjoying that day just because it was a different element for both of those characters. And then we also got to jump into some hot water, so that’s always fun. We were pretty open to the elements, and being able to jump into the water, that was rather enjoyable.
[Harington] was, as ever, a gentleman, and he made sure that I was comfortable where he was going to be positioned, and he would always then turn around when they called cut and the lovely wardrobe dailies would come in with a dressing gown, and then I would be covered. And only then would notes be spoken to us from the director. But he was very considerate and made sure as much as possible that I didn’t feel awkward standing in front of people with your tits out. So it’s never going to be an enjoyable day, it’s always going to be an awkward one, but he and the rest of the crew were incredibly considerate, and it’s a conversation that we most certainly had in terms of where the boundaries lay.
A lot has been reported on how Leslie now feels about her Ygritte catchphrase, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
LESLIE: About the line, truly, I feel incredibly privileged to have a catchphrase whereby, especially for the last few years, it’s been around me. How lucky for any actor to walk away from a television show and have a catchphrase, but I’m sure many people find it the most irritating thing in the world, but there are still some people who find it fairly endearing. I think between he and I, no, we never say it to one another for obvious reasons — and not just ’cause it’s corny. We came across a mug with the catchphrase on as we were doing our Christmas shopping the other month. It’s such a phenomenon, though.
Entertainment Weekly’s new issue features an article about The Good Fight’s upcoming season ; scans from the magazine as well as a new still of Rose as Maia Rindell can be found in the gallery. Here’s what is said about Rose’s character and Roland Blum, played by Michael Sheen :
Blum “is like a cancer”, says Michelle King, and his first victim – or perhaps we should say “acolyte” – is Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), who’s feeling underappreciated at work. “He takes her under his wing, kind of against her will”, says Sheen. Maia, says Leslie, “is in awe of the way Roland Blum operates. He’s devious and corrupt, and Maia feels that may be the path for her. She’s tackling some big moral issues inside her head.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY — Rose Leslie is clearing up a story about herself, husband Kit Harington, and the ending of Game of Thrones. We asked The Good Fight and former GoT actress for her side of that report where Harington said she asked him how the show’s upcoming top-secret final season ends. Harington said he told her and then “she wouldn’t talk to me for about three days.” The story is almost true, except for a rather key bit: Their conversation was about the ending of season 7, not season 8.
“I genuinely don’t know the ending [of the show],” Leslie said. “He told me the ending of last season and I remember getting a bit uppity about that … He happened to tell me – and this is a spoiler for anybody who hasn’t seen the last season – he happened to tell me that one of the dragons fall into the ice lake, and then we see the dragon being dragged out of the water and the dragon breathes fire — or ice, I can’t quite remember which one it is, I think it’s fire — onto The Wall, and then, of course, that’s when all the [Army of the Dead] can then cross over. So he told me about the dragon and I got rather livid with him, because I said, ‘You weren’t supposed to tell me everything! And that’s a huge piece of information!’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you asked!’ And I was like, ‘I know.’”
Leslie added: “To be fair I was probably rather ridiculous in the way I phrased it. I was like, ‘Tell me some things, but don’t tell me other things.’ But I actually don’t know the ending to [the show] because, believe it or not, it’s such a monumental phenomenal show, and I want to be like the rest of the world and watch it in real time and get that build up and anticipation. I want to finally come to the final episode and truly – and I honestly mean this – truly not know which way it goes.”
So did Leslie really not speak to Harington for three days over the ice dragon spoiler?
“That was an exaggeration,” she said. “I love that he said three days. Look at him trying to get a soundbite. That’s hilarious!”
Previously, Harington made some Leslie-related headlines by noting his wife rather not say her character’s famous catchphrase, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Leslie played Ygritte, the love interest of Harington’s Jon Snow, on the show for three seasons. The duo got married last July.
The Good Fight returns for season 3 on March 14. Game of Thrones returns for its final season April 14.
Edit : For reasons still unknown, Rose sadly wasn’t able to attend the event and had to cancel.
Finally, some exciting news ! PaleyFest New York 2018 has released its official session schedule for the annual two-week celebration of the television series format and this year’s selection includes The Good Fight ! The panel will happen on October 15th at 7PM and several cast members including Rose are scheduled to attend.
The Good Fight: Monday, October 15 @ 7 p.m.
Featuring: Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart), Rose Leslie (Maia Rindell), Audra McDonald (Liz Reddick-Lawrence), Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn), Michael Boatman (Julius Cain), Nyambi Nyambi (Jay Dipersia), Sarah Steele (Marissa Gold), Michelle King (Executive Producer), and Robert King (Executive Producer)
Speaking of The Good Fight, some lovely behind-the-scenes photos from Season 2 have been released on the show’s official social media accounts recently, be sure to check them here !
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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