WE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – It’s official, The Good Wife is a franchise now. The spinoff The Good Fight stars Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo as their characters Diane and Lucca. Rose Leslie plays the brand new character of Maia Rindell, Diane’s goddaughter who ends up working with her.
After the Television Critics Association panel for The Good Fight, I spoke with Leslie in the scrum, as we call it, where reporters follow up with stars from the panel. The Good Fight premieres tonight on CBS All Access, a streaming service without the restrictions of broadcast.
Since you were on Game of Thrones, is the language and sexuality of streaming still tame to you?
Do you know what? For the first time, I have now been filmed in a shower. So I felt that that was a new way of exploring the character’s sexuality without it being too gratuitous. I am hopefully very discreetly covering my breasts with my arm.
How awkward is it to film those scenes?
It was my first ever. I felt incredibly supported by the director, Brooke Kennedy. Then the wonderful actress who plays my girlfriend, Helene Yorke, she and I bonded and we realized that yes, this was something that was very true to the relationship that these two ladies have. It’s very loving, very comfortable in their own skin, incredibly comfortable with their own sexuality and they are there for one another. So it suddenly became the two of them, two souls together supporting them. So it was awkward for both of us. Of course, we didn’t do it in one take. We did it in a couple of takes but after the first take it was then kind of like okay, here we go. Let’s make sure that we can show them in the best light possible.
Honeymoon had some intimate scenes too.
Absolutely. That had some intimate scenes and you’re bang on, because we were in a shower as well. It was far more, as you say, intimate and behind the curtain as it were so it didn’t feel so much of a wide shot. Yes, that had some very intimate scenes. I actually saw the director last night at a viewing party which is really lovely. Leigh Janiak, that was a really lovely thing. I hadn’t seen her in a couple of years.
Tell us about Maia personally and professionally.
She is a young lawyer. We basically see her as a law student, literally on the cusp of taking her bar exam. Then suddenly very rapidly, the cushy life that she lives, a very privileged life she lives suddenly gets swept and taken out from beneath her feet. All the revelations of her father’s fraud and the Ponzi scheme spins everything out of control. Then she is taken into the wonderful, welcoming arms of Diane Lockhart. We see her process and struggle with the damage that something like that can do, and the understanding just how it ripples through everybody’s life. Obviously we kind of pulled it from the Madoff situation and just how appalling a catastrophe like this can be and the effects that it has on your day to day life and your mental health. It must be an awful thing to go through.
Is Maia going to be a lawyer?
She managed to pass the bar exam, yes. So she’s a lawyer herself.
Do you get some fabulous courtroom monologues?
So far, I still feel that I haven’t been given them yet. So yes, I think possibly Robert and Michelle [King] are hopefully waiting for that to happen. So far no, I haven’t had any court monologues. I can’t wait. I’ve heard the court days are very, very long so there’s a little bit of trepidation in approaching one of those long days but yeah, I’m looking forward to it. I think they are treating the character as a newbie in terms of having to see that process develop for her finally to own the courtroom and to own that floor and to make sure that she comes across as talented as she is.
What was the last thing you fought for?
Can it be something really ridiculous and trivial? It usually is. I fought for a bagel this morning. Somebody was going to reach for it and I was like, “No, sorry. That’s the last one. I haven’t had breakfast yet.” Here, backstage. It was very rude of me.
Is doing a real world set show very different from fantasy, or is it all the same to you?
I would say that of course it’s different. Of course, it is. The wonderful thing about The Good Fight is that we are in present day. This is modern time and I get to wear some clothes that aren’t shrouded in fur. I get some high heels which are painful after a while. I would say the storyline particularly for The Good Fight is something that absolutely keeps me engrossed in this particular genre, in this particular world so it’s wonderful to b able to dip your toes in and out of all the different fantasy elements and go back to kind of reality.
How many times did you go in for this part?
I feel incredibly honored, the Kings asked me to play the role of Maia so obviously I jumped at the opportunity at being able to work and collaborate with them.
How is New York treating you?
What a fabulous part, to be able to accept a job and then live in New York City. It’s one of the world’s greatest cities so I feel incredibly privileged. Beautifully, because I’ve got the East River quite close to where I am, I think it’s rather wonderful. I am in Williamsburg so it’s really, really lovely. That area is just fabulous. You’ve got your parks and the water, but it’s cold. I’ve done one day of that.
What was growing up in a castle like?
I’m from Scotland. My parents live in Scotland so that was my upbringing. It was cold. It’s very drafty. There isn’t any central heating so there’s no romantic element to living in a castle. It’s pretty freezing but wonderful to be able to play hide and seek with your siblings. I had an incredibly happy childhood.
So kingdoms have been in your blood.
You could say that, yes.
And your castle is available on Airbnb?
Yes, it’s wonderful. I’m one of five children. My parents, with all of the children having flown the nest, it is a house that needs to be lived in. So it’s wonderful that it’s open for people to come and explore Scotland. It’s in the countryside. I’m biased but the countryside is beautiful. It’s in Aberdeenshire.
Do your parents still live there?
They still live there.
What do you miss the most from home?
This is going to sound bonkers, and I kind of get a little bit of relief from New York, but the weather. I love it cold, man. It was raining today. It was really full on. I woke up this morning and I was like, “That is a proper kind of shower happening outside.” From everyone I’ve spoken to, I think L.A. needs a bit of rain is what I’ve heard.
Do you still hear “You know nothing, Jon Snow” every day?
Delightfully, I am. It’s so lovely that it is something that is adored by so many people.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — Like its predecessor The Good Wife, spinoff The Good Fight will and has been heavily affected by the current political climate, with its characters tackling some of the same issues the government’s addressing. But beyond the Trump administration, the phenomenon behind one of the president’s favorite phrases, “fake news,” will also factor into the legal drama, star Rose Leslie teased at The Good Fight premiere in New York earlier this week.
Leslie, who plays Maia Rindell, a young lawyer and goddaughter of Christine Baranski’s power attorney Diane Lockhart, told The Hollywood Reporter that she’d just finished filming an episode in which “fake news is very relevant.”
“There are some falsehoods being spread on the Internet about Maia that are jeopardizing her profession and her reputation,” Leslie said. “That is scary to see how something can just grow, spread like wildfire, in terms of reliable sources that begin to believe something that isn’t true. We see the danger in entering a world whereby truth is no longer relevant.”
To understand Maia and Diane’s backstory, Leslie told THR that she and Baranski spent an evening together talking about the relationship between their characters and “built it backwards.”
“It was more breaking down the character and how long she’d been in my life. If she’s a godmother than that’s presumably from the beginning. And we realize that she was a mentor for Maia and someone who was that strong foundation, a rock, in terms of a moral compass,” Leslie said. “So, yeah, Diane is integral to Maia’s happiness and realization that you need to stay true to what you believe in.” (source)
Sticky Notes has been nominated for Best International Film in the 2017 National Film Awards UK ! In order to vote, you have to take one minute to register here: http://www.nationalfilmawards.org/voting/ and then select Sticky Notes in the Best International Film category. The movie official Facebook page also announced that Sticky Notes closed out 2016 with screenings at 3 more festivals: The Stockholm International Film Festival, Film Fest Tucson, & The Marbella International Film Festival, where Director Amanda Sharp was nominated for Best Director & Ray Liotta was nominated for Best Actor. There is no release date for the movie yet but it is available to rent and download on Itunes Store UK where it is entitled “The Last Dance”.
A new trailer of The Good Fight has been released during the panel which happened today at the Winter TCA Tour – it is 2 minutes long and there are some new shots of Rose as Maia Rindell.
COMING SOON – CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced its first original drama series, The Good Fight, will premiere on Sunday, Feb.19. The Good Fight premiere will be available on-demand on CBS All Access beginning at 8:00 PM ET. In addition, a special broadcast preview of the premiere will air on the CBS Television Network that same night, Sunday, Feb.19 at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. After premiere night, all new episodes will be available weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers.
“CBS All Access has built tremendous momentum in the past year – passing one million subscribers, launching our first original with ‘Big Brother: Over the Top’ and, most recently, bringing live ‘NFL on CBS’ programming to the service,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive. “We’re continuing this momentum with the upcoming launch of ‘The Good Fight’ which promises to not only deliver more ambitious premium programming for our subscribers but an opportunity for world-class creators like Robert and Michelle King to push the envelope in new ways.”
The Good Fight picks up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of The Good Wife. In the new series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
The series, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, Paul Guilfoyle, Bernadette Peters, Justin Bartha and Erica Tazel. (source)
TV LINE – CBS’ forthcoming all-digital spinoff of The Good Wife will be titled The Good Fight, it was announced on Monday.
The offshoot — debuting in February 2017 on CBS, before moving exclusively to the network’s streaming service CBS All Access — picks up one year after the events of last May’s polarizing finale and stars Good Wife vets Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo and Sarah Steele (reprising their respective roles as Diane, Lucca and Marissa).
In the new series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of Diane’s goddaughter, Maia (Game of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie), while simultaneously wiping Diane’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
The ensemble also includes Good Wife newbies Delroy Lindo (Chicago Code), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI), Bernadette Peters (Smash) and the just-cast Erica Tazel (Justified).
Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King return as showrunners and EPs on The Good Fight. Longtime Good Wife director Brooke Kennedy, meanwhile, is set to helm the premiere. (source)
For the past weeks I’ve been working on improving the career page, and you can now find a detailed page for each project Rose was involved in HERE (films, tv shows, radio & voice work, theatre, and music videos) with informations, details, on set pictures, stills, trailers, and more ! I hope it will be useful to you ; I always try to make the site and career page as complete as possible so the projects’ pages might be completed in the future and it will obviously be updated as soon as new informations get released on Rose’s latest projects !
I have also made several additions in the gallery including old new pictures or pictures missing in the gallery that got lost when I changed the site’s gallery a few months ago. New categories have been added : “Behind the scenes” in the Photoshoot one where you can find all behind the scenes pictures of Rose’s photoshoot, and a “Screencaps” category with all screencaps I have taken from various videos of Rose. Screencaps from Downton Abbey episodes were also missing and I finally added them ! Here are all the new pictures :
Screencaps > Photoshoots > 2012 | Nylon Magazine
Photoshoots > Behind The Scenes > 2015 | The Scotsman – BTS
Photoshoots > Behind The Scenes > 2015 | The Laterals – BTS
Photoshoots > Behind The Scenes > 2015 | The Guardian – BTS
Photoshoots > Behind The Scenes > 2014 | TV Guide Magazine – BTS
Photoshoots > Behind The Scenes > 2014 | InStyle UK – BTS
Photoshoots > Behind The Scenes > 2013 | TV Guide Magazine – BTS
Photoshoots > Behind The Scenes > 2012 | TV Guide Magazine – BTS
The Great Fire (2014) > On Set
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 6 > On Set
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 1 > Screencaps: Episode 1
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 1 > Screencaps: Episode 2
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 1 > Screencaps: Episode 3
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 1 > Screencaps: Episode 4
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 1 > Screencaps: Episode 5
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 1 > Screencaps: Episode 6
Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) > Season 1 > Screencaps: Episode 7
Miscellaneous > Fan Pictures
Miscellaneous > Others
2014 Appearances > Jul 25 | ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Autograph Signing at Comic-Con
2014 Appearances > Jul 25 | ‘Game of Thrones’ Panel Backstage & Press Line
BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE – BBC One has announced an animated version of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.
The two part series, which will be shown on TV this Christmas, will feature an all-star cast, including David Walliams and Rob Brydon.
Revolting Rhymes, written in 1982 by Roald Dahl, is a collection of six witty rhymes which retell classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. Animation studio Magic Light Pictures has now animated five of these for the BBC.
The chosen stories are Little Red Riding Hood, Snow-White, Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.
Walliams and Brydon will play various roles in the show, including voicing the Ugly Sisters, as well as Jack’s Mother and the King respectively. Meanwhile Friday Night Dinner star Tamsin Greig will lend her voice to the roles of the Babysitter and Miss Maclahose.
Other stars include Bertie Carvel, who plays both the Magic Mirror and the Prince; Gemma Chan as Snow White; Rose Leslie as Red Riding Hood; Isaac Hempstead Wright as Jack; and Bel Powley as Cindy. (source)
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie has joined the upcoming CBS All Access drama as a series regular, it was announced Wednesday.
Leslie will play Maia, Diane’s goddaughter who joins her firm just after passing the bar, and is a key part of Diane’s plan for the future.
“We’re thrilled to have Rose on board,” showrunners Robert and Michelle King said. “We needed a young actress who could hold her own with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and Rose is perfect. She’s real, she’s strong and she can play comedy. If we designed an actress from the ground up, we couldn’t have done better.”
In addition to Baranski and Jumbo, who were both series regulars on the flagship series, Leslie also joins spinoff cast member Sarah Steele. Steele, who recurred for six of the drama’s seven seasons as Eli’s daughter (and Alicia’s body woman), Marissa Gold.
The still-untitled spinoff will center around an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, Diane joins Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
The 10-episode first season was originally set to premiere on CBS All Access sometime in spring 2017, following the January launch of the streamer’s first original scripted series, Star Trek: Discovery. However, last month CBS All Access bumped Star Trek back to May and pushed the premiere of The Good Wife offshoot to February. The first episode of the spinoff will now also premiere first on CBS.
The Kings, who created the original series, also came onboard as showrunners last month. They will exec produce with Phil Alden Robinson, who co-wrote the premiere with the Kings, as well as Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy and Alison Cross also serve as executive producers. Like the original series, CBS Television Studios will produce in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. (source)
The 60th BFI London Film Festival is underway and it has appeared that Rose is involved in a movie screened this year, « Letters from Baghdad », a documentary about the life of Gertrude Bell directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum. Bell was a pioneering English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy whose travels through the Arabian desert gave her local knowledge unparalleled by her British peers. Recruited by British Military Intelligence after World War I, she played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy-making in the Middle East, notably Iraq. (source)
Rose voiced the young Gertrude and Tilda Swinton the old Gertrude.
A first screening was planned yesterday (October 9) and a second one will take place today. You can learn more about the movie here.