You can thank Shirley MacLaine’s hairdresser for her “Downton Abbey” appearance. Kind of.

"I didn’t know ‘Downton Abbey,’" MacLaine said. “I learned about it at my hairdresser. Really. I look at PBS for news … [A]ll the girls were talking about it. They were trying to figure out who was Elizabeth McGovern’s mother, and whether she was a Rothschild, whether she was Jewish. The next thing I knew I got a call from my agent about playing Elizabeth McGovern’s mother. I’d better look at this. And whoa — I got addicted for a full week.”

You can thank Shirley MacLaine’s hairdresser for her “Downton Abbey” appearance. Kind of.

"I didn’t know ‘Downton Abbey,’" MacLaine said. “I learned about it at my hairdresser. Really. I look at PBS for news … [A]ll the girls were talking about it. They were trying to figure out who was Elizabeth McGovern’s mother, and whether she was a Rothschild, whether she was Jewish. The next thing I knew I got a call from my agent about playing Elizabeth McGovern’s mother. I’d better look at this. And whoa — I got addicted for a full week.”