IN QUOTES

Shirley MacLaine Is As Obsessed With “Downton Abbey” Gay Thomas As You Are

She got out the car, this Hollywood icon, and she was kind of looking for someone. And everyone was there, the entire cast, and she went, ‘It’s you!’ pointing at me. She came over to me and she’s like, ‘The evil one! Why are you so evil?’

And I was like, ‘Hello Shirley, nice to meet you, I’m Rob, how you doing?’ and she was like, ‘Never mind that, why are you so evil?'”

—Actor Rob James-Collier, a.k.a. vindictive gay butler Thomas, describing first meeting Shirley MacLaine on the set of Downton Abbey, in the Belfast Newsletter