Thursday, February 12, 2009

Unexpected Accent

Every now and then, an actor will appear on a talk show, speak with his or her normal voice, and surprise the heck outta me with a foreign accent.

Take this morning for example. Naomi Watts walked onto Regis & Kelly Live, sat in her chair, and began speaking with an English accent. I didn’t know she was from England, I thought she was American through and through.

After all, she didn’t have a trace of accent in the movies I’ve seen her act in – The Ring series, King Kong, The Painted Veil, Eastern Promises, and the trailers for her new film, The International.

Just goes to show you how versatile these top actors are.

By the way, Ms Watts was born in England and moved to Australia when she was a teen. But I didn’t detect any trace of an Australian accent in her English accent.


Montee said...

I thought she was Australian born. I did not realize that she was born in England. It's amazing how actors can change their accent. Mel Gibson is another one that's good at it.

casch said...

I didn't know Hugh Laurie was English! Saw him on another program and VERY English! I kept asking hubby, which one was the real accent~the one on HOUSE or the "talk" show I was watching!