Rose Leslie: “I am proud of The Good Fight”
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Rose Leslie: “I am proud of The Good Fight”

Interviewed at the end of September by French magazine “TV Magazine” about Death on the Nile, Rose was also asked a couple of questions about “The Good Fight” which she starred in for 3 seasons from 2017 to 2019. As the third season will premiere on French TV channel “Téva” on November 22nd, they shared what she had to say about the show.

French fans can read the original interview by clicking here ; for the others, I have tried to translate the interview as best as I could :).

Note : they mentioned that Death on the Nile will be released in theatres in early 2021. While the movie has indeed been delayed, no new release date has been announced for now.

INTERVIEW – The wilding from Game of Thrones, wife of Jon Snow – Kit Harington in real life -, is one of the heroines of The Good Fight – a spinoff series of The Good Wife – whose season 3 (2019) premieres on November 22 on Téva.

Michelle and Robert King, writers of the great legal TV show The Good Wife, created a spin-off in 2017 which is also a sequel. Without Julianna Margulies, but with the impeccable Christine Baranski – Diane Lockhart and her chic outfits in the most perfect bad taste. The Kings thus continue to shed light on the machinery of American justice and politics, while sticking to the news, in an increasingly satirical and resolutely anti-Trump spirit. In the third season of this fiction carried by strong female characters, young lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) takes off by collaborating with an old barrister, a shrewd old fox, played by Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex, Good Omens ) … Interviewed at the end of September by TV Magazine about Death on the Nile, a new adaptation of Agatha Christie by Kenneth Brannagh, in theaters in early 2021, the British actress spoke enthusiastically about the significance of The Good Fight (at 8:55 pm on Téva), which she left at the end of this season.

TV MAGAZINE. – What seemed most important to you in The Good Fight? Feminism? The engagement against Donald Trump? The defense of the black community?

A bit of all of that, I think. The Good Fight, in the most brilliant way, tends to hold a mirror to America, its political landscape, the way it is made. The show takes real politicians into account and as a point of honor it recalls the truth with relevance. Michelle and Robert King managed to take a bold stand. I am proud to have been part of a project that had the courage to tackle current events, day after day, taking place in Congress, on Capitol Hill, with the passing of laws in progress…

Did you feel like you were carrying a message?

No, because what I liked the most, really, was the way it was presented. The writers told the truth to allow viewers to make up their own minds. The message was not “You should be a Democrat” or “You should be a Republican”. The goal was not to change people, but rather to tell them, “Here are the facts”. These were offered in the form of entertainment in the hope that it would help the public to become informed, to ask the right questions and to create a healthy debate.

Source : TV Magazine
Rose Leslie for The New York Post’s “Alexa” (October 21, 2020)
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Rose Leslie for The New York Post’s “Alexa” (October 21, 2020)

A new interview of Rose has been released today with a lovely autumnal photoshoot, this time for “Alexa”, a fashion-centric insert from The New York Post. She talks for the first time about her pregnancy and we learn more about her characters from Death on the Nile (Louise Bourget) and from her upcoming TV show Vigil (Kirsten). There are also some funny bits about lockdown and cutting Kit Harington’s hair (which didn’t go well) !

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You can read Rose’s interview on The New York Post’s website here or just below :

THE NEW YORK POST — There’s a change in Rose Leslie lately. Her husband’s noticed it: “He said, ‘Something’s different,’ ” the Scottish actress says. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m wearing foundation!’

She’s due back on a BBC set in Glasgow shortly after our interview, and can’t wait to be working again. “After these seven months, the idea of putting on makeup felt very strange,” says the actress, on Zoom from her home in London. “I’m excited to tackle the wardrobe again.

Leslie, best known for her fur-clad “Game of Thrones” character Ygritte, looks right at home in the warm, sumptuous knits of her Alexa shoot. In her personal style, she keeps it simple. “Not many patterns, kind of a tailored cut, flattering for the figure,” she says. “I like to give it an edge, with either a chunky boot or some earrings, but otherwise, it’s relatively minimalist.

Her tailoring may have to be altered in the coming months, as Leslie, 33, recently went public with the news that she and her husband, Kit Harington, are having a baby. “I am thrilled to be expecting, and I can’t wait to meet the new member of our family!” she tells us.

But first, she’s enjoying a return to quasi-normalcy, shooting the six-part crime thriller “Vigil,” which paused production in March and resumed in September. Even though it means COVID-19 testing every three days and a marked lack of hugs, she’s grateful to be back.

Stepping into the hair-and-makeup trailer, and seeing those wonderful ladies in visors and masks and aprons, these dear friends — it felt strange not to go in for a hug,” she says. “I’m a very tactile person with my friends, but the elbow bump is going to have to be enough for now.

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Rose Leslie for Make Magazine (Autumn 2020)
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Rose Leslie for Make Magazine (Autumn 2020)

Rose is the cover star of Make Magazine latest issue in which she discusses her next projects Death on The Nile (which has been delayed to December 18th, 2020) and Vigil (currently filming in Scotland)… and also reveals through a breathtaking photoshoot that she is expecting her first child with husband Kit Harington ! Congratulations to both of them ♥

Scans of the magazine and HQ pictures of the photoshoot (made by an all-women team) have been added to the gallery.

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You can also read Rose’s interview on Make Magazine’s website here or just below :

MAKE MAGAZINE – Not many people can pull off a Stella McCartney floor-length silk frock and a fashion shoot when expecting a baby but Rose Leslie shows no sign of fatigue. Laughing with the crew during makeup prep, swapping lockdown stories and nodding with her gorgeous grin when everyone agrees that her Good Fight co-star Christine Baranski is utterly brilliant.

Downing cups of tea, Rose is radiantly happy and excited, clearly loving the experience. It’s Rose’s first shoot in the UK for four years. She’s been away living in New York while filming the hit spin-off from the equally brilliant The Good Wife for most of the time. That, and Rose has been decidedly low-key since her marriage to Kit Harington in 2018. 

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Interview for “Stylist Magazine” (Issue 523, 23 September 2020)
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Interview for “Stylist Magazine” (Issue 523, 23 September 2020)

Rose has started promoting her upcoming movie “Death on the Nile”, set to be released next month, with a new interview (finally !) for Stylist Magazine. No new pictures were featured in this issue, but stay tuned for more interviews and photoshoots in the coming weeks ! 🙂

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Like most of us, lockdown forced Rose Leslie into a period of reflection. Ahead of her new Agatha Christie adaptation, the actor shares what she learned with Stylist.

If I come across a lake or stream I’m always drawn to jumping in and immersing myself in the cold water; it’s a thrill.” Rose Leslie is telling Stylist about her love of cold water swimming, which she braves, without a wetsuit, year-round.

It’s one of the reasons she’s excited about returning to Glasgow next week to resume filming new BBC drama Vigil (which was paused for – well, you know why: the c-word), a police thriller by the creators of Bodyguard, likely to air in 2021. Leslie stars alongside Suranne Jones, as they investigate the disappearance of a fishing trawler and a death on a nuclear submarine. It’s not only the water that draws her back north of the border, it also feels like home. Leslie was raised in a castle in Aberdeenshire, although she now lives in London with her husband Kit Harington, also an actor, and the whippet puppy they have been raising during lockdown.

The last few months have been a time to reflect on her fast-paced life and a career that has been as varied and chameleon-like as any young actor might hope for, taking in huge American dramas Game Of Thrones (she met Harington on set) and The Good Fight and hit British shows including Downton Abbey and Luther. Next month we’ll see her in Death On The Nile, an all-star cinematic adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel. In conversation, Leslie is as refreshing as that cold water she likes to throw herself into. She’s smart, funny and open, and our chat runs from anxiety and social media insecurity to the joy of Daisy Cooper in This Country.

I FIND SOMETHING REASSURING ABOUT AN AGATHA CHRISTIE NOVEL OR ADAPTATION. WHAT WAS THE APPEAL FOR YOU OF MAKING DEATH ON THE NILE?

“The appeal was not only to work with Sir Kenneth Branagh, but who doesn’t love an Agatha Christie? Detective stories are right up my street. I’ve always found it quite cathartic that justice is served at the end. It’s also the decadence of Agatha Christie and her world, the costumes are so fabulous and the world is so polished. It’s a warm hug.”

ARE YOU ADEPT AT FIGURING OUT WHO DID DO IT?

“No. I can work it out several pages before [the reveal] but that’s it. I remember reading Big Little Lies and a good friend worked out that it was the horrendous abusive husband. That had not landed with me. Despite revelling in those books, I’m not good at sussing them out.”

Continue reading Interview for “Stylist Magazine” (Issue 523, 23 September 2020)
You know nothing… about Rose Leslie’s Game of Thrones cave scene with Kit Harington
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You know nothing… about Rose Leslie’s Game of Thrones cave scene with Kit Harington

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 WEEKLYBefore 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 March 8, 2019 Issue : New Promotional Still and Cast Interview
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Entertainment Weekly March 8, 2019 Issue : New Promotional Still and Cast Interview

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.”

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How The Good Fight Offers a Break From Reality…With a Donald Trump Twist
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How The Good Fight Offers a Break From Reality…With a Donald Trump Twist

A new article about ‘The Good Fight’ Season 2 featuring a short interview of Rose has been released today on E! News :

For Rose Leslie, another actor from across the pond, The Good Fight’s political stories keep her informed. The former Game of Thrones star, who currently plays attorney Maia Rindell on the CBS All Access series, praised co-creators Robert and Michelle King for the way they bring in politics because “as a result it asks audiences to question their particularly values or beliefs, it doesn’t ram them down their throats.

But it makes one query that particular stance in life and I think that can only ever be a good thing and it can only ever bode well for conversations to happen and for one to have an open mind and to accept these opinions and question your own beliefs,” Leslie said during a recent phone interview. “I think that is incredibly important for the world we live in currently.”

The Good Fight drops new episodes Sundays on CBS All Access. (source)

Rose on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’
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Rose on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

Yesterday, our Rose attended her first american talk-show and appeared on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ ! She talked about joining ‘The Good Fight’, her family’s opinion on her career choice, avoiding ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers, the prank Kit did to her on last year’s April Fools’ Day and… Brita water filters. (And she looked absolutely gorgeous.)

Below you can find a video of Rose’s whole appearance and interview including an exclusive clip from ‘The Good Fight’ upcoming episode which was shown last night, 10 HQ pictures of Rose arriving at NBC studio where the show was taped, and 5 HQ pictures of her during the interview. Enjoy !

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‘The Good Fight’ Is TV’s Audacious, Intersectional Answer to Life Under Trump
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‘The Good Fight’ Is TV’s Audacious, Intersectional Answer to Life Under Trump

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)

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

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