“I refer to myself as a widow, yes,” Dockery said in a new
interview with The Guardian. “We were engaged, and
married at heart, and so I do consider myself a widow.
“That’s the first time I’ve said that, and it’s a bit of a
relief to say so,” the British actress added, saying it helped
her connect with her Good Behavior character Alice.
Dockery laid low in the months following Dineen’s death, but
returned to work on
Good Behavior — her first TV project following
Downton — three months later.
The 35-year-old star also addressed the ongoing sexual
misconduct scandal in Hollywood, which was sparked after
dozens of women came
forward with allegations against super producer Harvey
“Everyone’s talking about it,” Dockery told The
Guardian. “And I have huge admiration for those women who
have come forward.”
Dockery admitted that she had “heard rumors” about Weinstein
and had a brief meeting with him several years ago and had left
“feeling uncomfortable” but that “nothing much happened.”
She also said that she thinks the ongoing movement has opened
the “floodgates” and that things are changing in Hollywood.
“I think that the casting-couch system — well, the couch should
be burned,” she said. “I just think something has to change.
And this is the start of it.”