She earned international acclaim for her role as Lady Sybil Branson in ‘Downton Abbey,’ but before that, Jessica was a burgeoning, naive star baring it all in her first lead role for the movie ‘Albatross.’ A decision, she admits, she wishes she never made.
Jessica Brown Findlay: Topless In ‘Albatross’: ‘Not Something I Would Do Again’
The former (spoiler alert?) Downton Abbey star had her first leading role in the 2011 film, Albatross. The role required her to appear promiscuous and go topless. Looking back on the role, Jessica admits that she may have been too young to make such an impactful decision, and that she might do things differently if she got another chance.
“To be honest, Albatross was naivete and not knowing that I could say no,” she told the Radio Times. “I had no idea what was going to happen and thought I was going to be shot from behind.” She concludes assuredly, “It’s not something I would do again.”
Besides being completely aware of the circumstances, Jessica also had some other advice for aspiring actresses thinking about baring it all for a movie. “If you’re going to do a nude scene, be honest and natural,” she advises. “The idea that actresses would work out at the gym for a thousand hours beforehand… I was drinking pints and eating burgers.”
Jessica is an extremely talented actress, as we saw on Downton, and now it seems she’s a little wiser as well. She now knows that she has full control over what she does in a movie or TV show.
Her next role is alongside Will Smith, Russell Crowe, and Colin Ferrell in Winter’s Tale.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro