Maggie Smith Finally Has Time to Watch 'Downton' Now That She's Done Acting in It


Those of us who've been good and resisted the urge to search out a pirated version of Downton Abbey's final season (opens in new tab) can now brag that we've got something in common with Maggie Smith: not knowing what happens because we've never seen it! *counts down to January 3*

Following up on an earlier interview with the venerable actress, CBS News asked (opens in new tab) if she'd watched her own work on the period version of Real Housewives—a description never more accurate than in this video (opens in new tab)—yet. "No," she said, which is the same answer she gave two years ago. "But they gave me the boxed set. And I'm going to do all sorts of things now, because I'm free!"

Free from having her internal organs squashed by whalebones too. "In actual fact, I have to say that I did cheat a bit," she said of escaping those much-reviled corsets (opens in new tab). "Because I promised that if I sat up, bolt upright, I made it look as though I were wearing corsets…But don't tell anybody."

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Chelsea Peng
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