I’ve long loved Maggie Smith as an actor, but her role in Downton Abby has me signing up all over again for the fan club. Well, if I did the fan club thing for celebrities, that is.
I suppose it is, in part, the fact that she just says what she wants to say — what she thinks — with very little filter. There is something appealing about that. Even as I value a healthy filter, I also value a candid observation.
I also wonder how much of this is the (yes, this is a gross generalization) ongoing love affair that “Americans” have with anyone with a British accent because we just love the way things sound coming out of their mouths.
Fascinating, this measurable (though I’m sure limited in scope) and somewhat unwieldy crush we have on what is a rather tangled exaggeration of reality. We do love a good soap opera, even if we raise our noses at the week-day afternoon episodics.
Well, Season 3 Episode 3 has started.