There’s a change in Rose Leslie currently. Her husband’s observed it: “He mentioned, ‘One thing’s totally different,’ ” the Scottish actress says. “I used to be like, ‘Yeah, I’m carrying basis!’ ”
She’s due again on a BBC set in Glasgow shortly after our interview, and may’t wait to be working once more. “After these seven months, the thought of placing on make-up felt very unusual,” says the actress, on Zoom from her dwelling in London. “I’m excited to sort out the wardrobe once more.”
Leslie, finest identified for her fur-clad “Recreation of Thrones” character Ygritte, seems to be proper at dwelling within the heat, luxurious knits of her Alexa shoot. In her private type, she retains it easy. “Not many patterns, sort of a tailor-made minimize, flattering for the determine,” she says. “I like to provide it an edge, with both a chunky boot or some earrings, however in any other case, it’s comparatively minimalist.”
Her tailoring could need to be altered within the coming months, as Leslie, 33, just lately went public with the information that she and her husband, Equipment Harington, are having a child. “I’m thrilled to expect, and I can’t wait to satisfy the brand new member of our household!” she tells us.
However first, she’s having fun with a return to quasi-normalcy, capturing the six-part crime thriller “Vigil,” which paused manufacturing in March and resumed in September. Although it means COVID-19 testing each three days and a marked lack of hugs, she’s grateful to be again.
“Entering into the hair-and-makeup trailer, and seeing these great women in visors and masks and aprons, these expensive buddies — it felt unusual to not go in for a hug,” she says. “I’m a really tactile individual with my buddies, however the elbow bump goes to need to be sufficient for now.”
In “Vigil,” which includes the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a demise on a submarine, Leslie performs a detective on her first homicide investigation. “She’s discovering her toes,” Leslie says, “however she’s gung-ho and really prepared and decided, which is a enjoyable character to play.”
“Very prepared and decided” is an efficient nutshell for Leslie’s defining roles so far. She performed the maid Gwen Dawson on “Downton Abbey,” who risked the ire of her fellow servants to coach to grow to be a secretary, and extra just lately appeared on “The Good Battle” as younger lawyer Maia Rindell, daughter of a disgraced Bernie Madoff-type determine. And, after all, there may be her wildling character on “GoT,” the present the place she met Harington, who performed the heroic, barely oblivious Jon Snow.
The 2 fell in love on-screen after which off; they married in June 2018, after six years collectively, and divide their time between London and a rustic home in East Anglia, England.
Of their copious downtime this yr, Leslie realized a factor or two concerning the perils of multitasking. Her husband, well-known for his head of tumbling curls, just lately handed Leslie the hair clippers and requested her to give him a trim. It didn’t go totally easily.
“I used to be on FaceTime to a good friend on the time,” Leslie says. “He was like, ‘Are you able to do the again, as a result of I can’t see it with the mirror?’ And I used to be so engrossed with my girlfriend, we have been having such a stunning time, and I used to be like, ‘Yeah yeah yeah, advantageous, no matter.’” Leslie’s right-handed, and “I had the telephone in my proper hand,” she says. “I took the shears in my left hand, and … I dug too deep. I dug too deep! It was fairly hilarious, but additionally terrible. Happily, he seems to be nice with a semi-shaved head, so it was advantageous.”
She and Harington have at all times been publicly playful with each other. Leslie confirmed up at her husband’s “Saturday Evening Dwell” look final yr to tease him from the viewers, whereas he as soon as pranked her on April Fools’ Day with a severed head from the “Recreation of Thrones” prop closet — footage he merrily revealed on “The Jonathan Ross Present.” However nowadays, the duo has been, like most of us, trying round for extra banal methods to amuse themselves.
They’ve cycled by many 2020 rites of passage: She’s taken up knitting once more, and so they’ve dug out their most intricate cookbooks (though the comfort-food staple of bangers and mash stays her favourite). They binge-watch exhibits — “Succession” is their present obsession — and even obtained a pandemic pet: a tiny whippet.
“It was a beautiful factor,” she says. “If we hadn’t been pressured to remain behind our entrance door, we couldn’t correctly practice her and ensure she didn’t poop everywhere in the home.”
Leslie spent her early years rising up with a menagerie of animals at Wardhill Fort, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which has been in her household for a whole bunch of years.
“I at all times simply referred to my dwelling as a giant outdated home with no heating,” the actress says with amusing. “I spent a really idyllic childhood, with the ability to climb bushes and roll round in puddles of mud and immerse myself within the woodlands,” she recollects, sounding like her wildling character.
If you happen to develop up in a drafty outdated European fort, is it a requirement that you just grow to be within the novels of Agatha Christie? “I’m a murder-mystery individual,” Leslie confirms. “The concept of being a part of a whodunit fills me with pleasure, as a result of it’s the kind of guide I like to immerse myself in.”
“Loss of life on the Nile,” her upcoming film (out Dec. 18), is director Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Christie novel. The 1978 incarnation included Bette Davis, Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith and Angela Lansbury. The brand new model wrapped in December final yr, and can characteristic one other star-studded solid: Leslie, Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Armie Hammer, Sophie Okonedo, and Branagh himself, reprising his function as detective Hercule Poirot (whom he portrayed in 2017’s “Homicide on the Orient Specific”). Leslie returns to maid territory as Louise, who’s within the make use of of Gadot’s socialite Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle.
“She is aware of she’s indispensable, as a result of she retains the secrets and techniques of her employer,” Leslie explains of her character. “However Louise enjoys being swept up within the glamour of the festivities, and he or she will get reprimanded for that conduct, and her pleasure will get snatched away in a really merciless approach. I really feel that might chip away at any soul.”
Not too long ago, her co-star Hammer’s disappointment that “Loss of life on the Nile” didn’t really movie on the Nile, or anyplace in Egypt, made the information. “I believe all of us had a flutter of hope that we may be transported to Egypt,” says Leslie. “However we filmed within the Cotswolds, and there was, the truth is, sunshine, which is able to hopefully idiot audiences.”
It might be a bullet dodged for the red-haired actress. She and Harington went on a brief escape to Greece when the UK lifted journey restrictions earlier this yr, and “the Grecian sunshine was wonderful,” she says. “However I’m very, particularly reasonable. I put on sunscreen, which is like chalk, and my husband tans. So after we go on holidays, he’s there like a lizard, and I’m beneath an umbrella.”
With over a yr of distance from the “GoT” finale, Leslie is glad to see fan frenzy waning a bit. “I really feel very lucky to have been part of that present — it has elevated my appearing profession — and but I really feel fortunate to have the ability to reside an easy life. I’m fairly a non-public individual.”
One aftereffect that’s caught, although, is a style for the fantasy style. George R.R. Martin’s long-anticipated “The Winds of Winter” doesn’t appear prone to publish anytime quickly, however Leslie’s been delving into one other acclaimed collection.
“I’ve very a lot loved ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ by Patrick Rothfuss,” she says. “I’ve learn the primary two books. It’s so effectively written.”
If it’s was a collection, will she foyer to be part of it? “I don’t know if there’s an element for me,” she says. “What’s irritating is that our main man is ginger. If solely he was a ginger main girl!”
Stylist: Anahita Moussavian; Stylist on set: Philip Li; Hair: Patrick Wilson on the Wall Group; Make-up: Justine Jenkins utilizing Ere Perez