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‘I do not understand!’ Elizabeth McGovern admits she has ‘no idea’ why Downton Abbey is so popular

She will reprise her role as Lady Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey: A New Era, the second film after the hugely successful TV series.

But despite playing the Countess of Grantham since 2010, when the historical drama began, Elizabeth McGovern admitted she has “no idea” why Downton Abbey is so popular.

In a new interview, the American actress, 30, also revealed that she felt filming the big-screen version of the Julian Fellowes-written saga was “very similar” to the making of the TV series.

Stunned: Despite playing the Countess of Grantham since 2010, when the historical drama began, Elizabeth McGovern admitted she has ‘no idea’ why Downton Abbey is so popular

Depicting the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants, Downton Abbey has run for six series and is the recipient of several awards, including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Screen Actors Guild awards.

And speaking of the world’s love for the show, which has had 120 million viewers worldwide, Elizabeth could not understand her popularity and admitted that she “doesn’t understand.”

She said OKAY! magazine“People ask me why the show has succeeded over the years and I have no idea. I do not understand. I’m just thankful. But viewers become attached to it for various reasons.’

Popular: Downton Abbey, depicting the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants, ran for six series and is the recipient of several awards, including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Screen Actors Guild awards

Popular: Downton Abbey, depicting the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants, ran for six series and is the recipient of several awards, including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Screen Actors Guild awards

Confused: When discussing the world's love for the show, which has had 120 million viewers worldwide, Elizabeth could not understand her popularity and admitted she 'don't understand'

Confused: When discussing the world’s love for the show, which has had 120 million viewers worldwide, Elizabeth could not understand her popularity and admitted she ‘don’t understand’

Meanwhile, the actress opened up the transition from TV series to film, with the star explaining how she initially thought making the movie version would be bigger and better.

But she soon discovered that there was little difference, explaining: “The funny thing is, they were very similar. I thought the snacks on the? [film] set would be better, but no…they weren’t. We were in the same house, we stayed in the same small bed and breakfasts nearby [Highclere Castle]†

“The movie looked and felt so much bigger, more expansive and more ambitious than the TV show, but the actual act of filming actually feels the same. You still have to get your points and say your rules. So that was quite surprising to me.’

Advice: She told OK!  magazine : 'People ask me why the show has succeeded over the years and I have no idea.  I do not understand.  I'm just thankful.  But viewers are connecting with it for a variety of reasons.

Advice: She told OK! magazine : ‘People ask me why the show has succeeded over the years and I have no idea. I do not understand. I’m just thankful. But viewers are connecting with it for a variety of reasons.”

And while she enjoyed her time on the series, the Illinois native sometimes said she felt the English actor’s approach to the work of the English actor was rather “foreign” to her, noting that there was a “real cultural divide.” between the UK and the US.

She added that she believed more than anything else that it had “to do with the language”, while joking that at times she felt like she was “on another planet” among the English playwrights.

Elsewhere, last month, Elizabeth admitted she didn’t like her latest milestone birthday after turning 60 last July.

Big screen: Meanwhile, the actress opened up the transition from TV series to film, with the star explaining how she initially thought making the movie version would be bigger and better (pictured in a clip from the new movie)

Big screen: Meanwhile, the actress opened up the transition from TV series to film, with the star explaining how she initially thought making the movie version would be bigger and better (pictured in a clip from the new movie)

The Downton Abbey star, who, for an interview and shoot with Wife & Home flaunted her age-defying beauty in a teal satin dress, had no qualms about turning 50 – but didn’t feel the same ten years later, at 60.

Speaking to the monthly lifestyle magazine, the actress said: “When it came in, everything about me was like, ‘No, I can’t be 60, I don’t like it!’ Once I passed the milestone and with a little help from friends, I love it now.”

Candidly revealing that it had been a ‘tough few years’, Elizabeth continued: ‘There is less chance for a woman my age than for a man my age. That’s the reality, but things are slowly changing.

“The conversations over the past few years have been very deep and although they have been a few rough years, I have great hopes for the future.”

Thoughts: While she enjoyed her time on the series, the Illinois native sometimes said she felt the English actor's approach to work was quite

Thoughts: While she enjoyed her time on the series, the Illinois native sometimes said she felt the English actor’s approach to work was quite “strange” to her, noting that there was a “real cultural divide” was between UK and US

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