What: 10-part thriller about an ex-con forced to make a deal with a hit man, starring Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto.
When: Premieres at 9 p.m. today.
Where: TNT. he needs a cover, but perhaps there is something more.
“I think Letty finds it hard to sort of exist as normal people do. I think she finds she gets bored very, very easily, and the dressing up part of it and becoming another character within the character is also the addiction,” says the 34-year-old. “It’s the high, you know, following people and being someone else to escape the pain of who she who she really is.” “Downton Abbey” ended its run early this year in America. Dockery was on tour in December promoting the series in the States, when she got the call to be by the bedside of her fiancé John Dineen, a publicist who had been diagnosed with a fare form of cancer earlier in the year. He died shortly after, and Dockery has credited being able to throw herself into the role in helping her get over her grief.
“‘Downton’ was coming to an end, and this script came to me, and I fell in love with the character and the story,” she says. “I was very fortunate that something so different from what I had been doing for the last six years came my way.”
The actress calls “Good Behavior” a “poetic noir ... as much as it’s dark, it can be very light.”
Showrunner Chad Hodge notes the 10-episode “Good Behavior” is “a fast-paced emotional journey” that takes place over six weeks. At heart of the show is the complicated and dangerous relationship between Letty and Javier, whose motivation is a bit hazy. How much is she a captive or complicit.
“Javier’s biggest contradiction is that, other than what he does for a living, he’s trying to be a good guy,” says the Argentine actor Botto. “He has a very strong moral code and tries to abide by it. That contradiction is fascinating to play. For an actor, that’s a dream.”
Dockery sees it as a “messed-up love story.”
“They recognize so much in one another,” says the actress. “In some ways, it’s like a meeting of minds because they are so similar in many ways.”
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Juan Diego Botto and Michelle Dockery in “Good Behavior” airing on TNT.