This year, Shirley Maclaine sasses onto the scene of our favorite soap opera and starts busting chops, American-style. Of course, what all reasonable people are excited about with the third season of the Brit hit is some warring between the Dowager Countess and Cora's American momma. If you don't understand a word of what I just typed, get thee to PBS and catch up before the January 6 premiere. You're welcome.

Here's some excerpts from Maclaine's interview with the Saturday Evening Post:

On being a fan of Downton Abbey:

Actually I hadn't even watched it until my hairdresser told me how much she loved it. So I tuned in. Shortly afterward, they signed me to play Martha Levinson so I sat down and viewed them allā€¦and I just became addicted.

On dressing for DA:

Those authentic costumes took some work. The corsets were really demanding and the buttons on everything were so small. I understood the class system after getting ready every morning to go on set. I realized women of that time couldn't get it together without a couple of servants.

On acting with Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the amazing and perfect Dowager Countess:

We get along famously. She told me that we had met 40 years ago backstage at the Oscars next to the catering table. I was up for something, and there was this big chocolate cake sitting there. And somebody else won. Maggie said, ā€˜You know what you did, dear? You tucked right into that chocolate cake and said, "#*&% it. I don't care if I'm ever thin again.' I didn't remember it. Maggie has a better memory. She's one year younger than I am.


Ugh, I can't hardly wait for this clash of the titans! Unleash the wise crackin' (ladies)!