'Downton Abbey's' Michelle Dockery loves that Lady Mary is 'so complex'

michelle-dockery-manhattan-magazine.jpgGorgeous "Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery is gracing the pages of Modern Luxury's March 2014 issue of Manhattan magazine, where inside she talks about her audition for the uber-popular British period drama and what she loves about playing aristocrat Lady Mary Crawley.

On her audition for "Downton Abbey," after running into future co-star Dan Stevens:
"I asked him who he was reading for, and he said Matthew, and he asked me who I was reading for, and I said Mary. I remember thinking, 'This could work.'"

On why she loves her character, Lady Mary Crawley:

"I love that she's so complex. She's very modern in that sense because she's more than a strong woman: She's witty, vicious even. She doesn't suffer fools, yet she's sensitive. She's a mixed bag, and I enjoy playing those sides of her. ... I also love [that] she doesn't apologize for who she is or what she's done. She might confess a doubt to Anna [her trusted lady's maid] in private, but in public? Never."

On working on "Non-Stop," her first big-budget Hollywood role:
"It was an entirely new experience -- the film, living in New York and working in a studio where they pretty much built a plane."

"Non-Stop" is in theaters now and "Downton Abbey" is currently filming Season 5.
Photo/Video credit: Andrew Macpherson/Manhattan magazine