Rob & Allen @ Downton Abbey Q&A at the Apple Store in London – A Best Of?
* On being a sex symbol: Rob: “As an actor you focus on the scene. No one’s bigger than the show.”
Allen: “Are you asking if we get more sex?”
Rob: “You’re only as good as your last job.”
* Branson was originally supposed to be a Yorkshire man! But when @Allenleech auditioned he became Irish.
Rob on Thomas’ injury in WW1: him putting his hand up (to be shot) after 2 years on the Somme was actually “incredibly brave”.
* @Allenleech says there is a “bromance” on screen with Tom and Matthew, offscreen it is with him and Rob.
Q: @boydhilton asks: since today’s Halloween, what would you be at a #Downton Abbey party?
A: Rob: I’d dress up as Dame Maggie Smith. I’ve not shaved my legs for nothing!
A: @allenleech: Can I go for Maggie’s walking stick?
Q: What’s your favorite thing about life on the set of @DowntonAbbey?
A: Rob: Free food.
@Allenleech: Rob James-Collier.
Q: @DowntonAbbey is set in the ‘20s, are you happy in 2012 or would you prefer ⁰life back then?
A: Rob: Given the opportunities for social mobility, it’d be 2012.
Q : Which is better: Upstairs with the Crawleys or downstairs with the servants?
A: @allenleech: Life was easier for Tom downstairs.
Q: Is there something under appreciated about Branson?
A: @allenleech: His passion can be misconstrued as something more sinister.
Q: Rob - Your character has been described as ‘the evil one’. What is Thomas really like?
A: Rob: ‘Misunderstood’.
Q: If you could write one scene for your character, what would it be about?
A: Rob: Thomas Barrow opens the first Edwardian gay bar.
Q: What’s the most fun scene you had to shoot?
A: @allenleech : Any scene driving the car -#broken
Q: What has been your favorite line so far?
A: Rob: Matthew “Touch wood.” Lord Grantham “I never stop touching wood.”
Q: Out of everyone in the cast, who would have the longest blooper reel?
A: Siobhan Finneran!
Q: @boydhilton: How did you get into acting?
A: Rob: I was working in an office as a Marketing Assistant and “The Office” was on, and I thought this is my office… I hated where I was and chose to do something to express myself. In my first acting class I felt like I had come home.
Q: Has your personal life changed being on a hit show?
A: @Allenleech: Walking down the street on a Monday after the episode people say hello.
A: Rob: If I’m out and about I’m usually running as I’m invariably late.
A: Allen: Going out on the Tube is a bit of a day out!
A: Rob: In terms of opportunity I’ve been to South Africa and dived with Great White Sharks, the Olympics - amazing events!
Q: In honour of Halloween, what’s your favorite horror movie & what’s your favorite sweet?
A: @allenleech: The Chucky movies - I was a kid and shouldn’t have been watching them.