The Edie Falco/"Downton Abbey" love affair is just the best.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the "Nurse Jackie" star said she was crazy about the hit period drama and wants to guest star on it. "I know I’m late on the uptake, but I’ve become a maniacal fan of 'Downton Abbey' -- a cuckoo-crazy fan. Why the hell not? I could be their American cousin or something."

The love goes both ways. Michelle Dockery -- Lady Mary to "Downton Abbey" fans -- told Deadline she has a thing for Falco and would like to meet her at the 2013 Emmy Awards. "I love 'Nurse Jackie,' and I really admire Edie Falco," Dockery said. "So I wouldn't mind an encounter with her at some point this year. I think she’s wonderful."

Both Falco and Dockery are up for Emmys this year.

Falco on "Downton Abbey" needs to happen. She wouldn't be the only American actor to cross the pond and mingle with the Crawleys. Shirley MacLaine has a recurring gig on the Masterpiece series as Martha Levinson, the rich American mother to Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and Paul Giamatti will make his "Downton Abbey" debut as Cora's brother Harold in the Season 4 finale.

The Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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  • Season 4 cast: Tom Cullen

    Cullen will play Lord Gillingham, a family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest at a house party. He's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/02/downton-abbey-lady-mary-boyfriend_n_2796504.html?utm_hp_ref=tv" target="_hplink">one of Lady Mary's potential suitors</a>, along with ...

  • Season 4 cast: Julian Ovenden

    Ovenden will play aristocrat Charles Blake, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/02/downton-abbey-lady-mary-boyfriend_n_2796504.html?utm_hp_ref=tv" target="_hplink">another potential love interest for Lady Mary</a>.

  • Season 4 cast: Dame Harriet Walter

    Walter will play Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager Countess.

  • Season 4 cast: Joanna David

    David will appear in a guest role as the Duchess of Yeovil.

  • Season 4 cast: Nigel Harman

    Harman will play Green, a valet.

  • Season 4 cast: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

    Te Kanawa will play a guest who sings in the house.

  • Season 4 cast: Shirley MacLaine

    Shirley MacLaine will also return for the Season 4 finale.

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