If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time adjusting to seeing the cast of Downton Abbey out of costume. Not out of costume as in naked, since as far as I can remember I’ve never seen any of them naked. I’ve seen a lot of celebrities naked, though, so I could just be remembering wrong. No, I’m talking about wearing 21st century clothes and makeup and hairdos. After I saw Michelle Dockery show side boob on the red carpet, my whole world was flipped upside down. Coincidentally, upside down boob is the next type of red carpet boob all the actresses with sport, or so I’ve heard.
Apparently the cast of Downton doesn’t just look different out of costume; they also smell different. Sophie McShera, who plays Daisy the assistant cook on the show, recently told The Daily Mail that the show refrains from washing the costumes in order to keep them looking authentic, so naturally they walk around set smelling terrible.
“We do stink, as they don’t wash our costumes. They have these weird patches, which are sewn into the armpits and which they wash separately.”
That’s… really gross. But it’s also sort of giving me ideas for making my own life more practical. Instead of throwing a whole shirt into the washing machine, taking up space and leading to more loads, what if I just cut out the armpits and washed those by themselves? I’d save time and water and money, and I wouldn’t ruin the historical appeal of my clothing. Oh, by the way, I only wear clothing from 1920s England. I guess I should have mentioned that.
Whether or not I actually use this method in my own daily life, I admire the cast’s commitment to making their roles authentic. Who knows what the show would be like if they actually washed their clothes. We might get no enjoyment out of it. The show might get zero Emmy nominations. But that’s just not a risk these actors are willing to take, and they should be rewarded for it. With lots and lots of deodorant. Seriously, I’ve never even been in the same room as these people and I’m currently offended by their odor.