Rose Leslie is no complete stranger to playing characters dealing with indomitable chances on tv, now her turn as Maia Rindell on The Good Fight has the starlet facing them in a TELEVISION courtroom.
Leslie made a splash on Downton Abbey as Gwen, a housemaid who wished for a much better life beyond the downstairs. Her character ultimately left the service market with the aid of Lady Sybil. To American audiences, she subsequented 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 embellished in furs with a dirt smudged face, slung arrows and bows and charged into fights with the very best of them. Now, Leslie’s TELEVISION fights are little bit more civilized, however which does she discover the more powerful 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 stated.
” With Maia, there’s a sharpness to the world of The Good Fight and the lovely clothing we get to use definitely notify the sort of decision we have, sort of episodically talking with all 6 lawsuit that we discover ourselves in. I believe the shoes, the clothing and the hairdos and the kind of badass clothing that we get to use absolutely assist getting throughout as a powerful existence,” she continued.
Season among The Good Fight ended with Leslie’s Maia Rindell dealing with arrest following a number of twists in the examination into the monetary rip-off committed by Maia’s moms and dads (played by Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters). Leslie’s character, an attorney simply out of law school, dealt with a baptism by fire throughout her very first season. She’s altered 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 stated. “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 altered about Maia is the method her sexual preference is represented on screen. Maia is a lesbian on the series, however her sexuality does not specify her. It’s simply a matter of truth.
“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 stated.
Season 2 of the CBS All Access series will continue to mine the present political landscape for drama, however will likewise present a brand-new layer: Lawyers are terrified, not for their income, however 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 stated. “She is sort of looking for a coach and discovers it in Liz Reddick [ Audra McDonald] and I believe that speaks volumes of her and who she wishes to progress and end up being into … She’s not the sort of susceptible woman. There’s a shift that you see in her which’s interesting to the audience too.”
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Leslie has her own obstacles. She’s in Brooklyn, New York shooting The Good Fight while husband-to-be Harington is abroad shooting the last season of Game of Thrones The wedding event preparation is still continuous, and determining “tiny little details” over FaceTime or e-mail “is hard” and the range “does make things a little bit trickier, but no, for the most part we agreed on most things,” she stated with a laugh. “Which is good.”
And a message to fans, one she explained to her Good Fight cast and team from the start: Don’t ask her for Game of Thrones spoilers.
” Oh, Chris! I’ve by far stated from the start, unfortunately as season 8 is now being shot I do not wish to know anything about Game of Thrones in regards to any spoilers and exactly what the story is going to be. I wish to be muffling my couch in addition to the rest of world, as fired up and as pumped. Truly, I do not have an idea! I do not have an idea and I’m extremely delighted about that due to the fact that all this anticipation, all this developing is simply going to be so rewarding when we lastly get to view the very first episode,” she stated with a laugh.
The Good Fight drops brand-new episodes Sundays on CBS All Access.