Anne Hathaway says it's easier being naked than talking with a British accent.
Anne, an American actress, plays British girl Emma in her new film, "One Day," where she stars opposite an actual Brit, Jim Sturgess. She says she'd rather strip naked in front of Sturgess for the films skinny-dipping scene than master her character's regional dialect.
Well I could have answered that for you. Naked with Jim Sturgess is a yes. Always a yes. "Hi Anne Hathaway, do you like being naked in front on hot men or talking in an accent you aren't good at?" uh duh Jim Sturgess duh uh naked.
Anne says, "I was more nervous about the accent than nudity." I saw "One Day" I can vouch that yes, Anne didn't really master the British accent. Her Yorkshire accent walked a fine line between Irish and Madonna. True story.
On why she prefers nudity to perfecting an accent, "I mean, you can do sit-ups as prep for the nudity. But there aren't a lot of vocal sit-ups that you can do. Maybe it's because I have more experience in my life being naked than pretending to be British."
While Anne Hathaway may not talk in a British accent that often, she once donned the dialect for her role as the White Queen in "Alice in Wonderland." She obviously has more experience getting naked on-screen. She also had to strip down for parts in 'Havoc", "Brokeback Mountain" and "Love And Other Drugs." Anne says, "I got more comfortable quickly with the nudity than I did with the accent."
In order to train her voice, she read the book 'Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour." She told The Sun, "I stayed in the accent and used British-isms. I was a little disappointed because I hoped I would start dreaming in the accent."
So far, responses to the film is that nobody thought she could successfully do a British accent, she says, "I've had people come up to me who have seen it actually and they say, 'I didn't think you could pull it off.' And people feel inclined to tell me that they really had no faith in me whatsoever." Sad but true. The entire country of Britain was contacted for a statement regarding her accent, but reps have yet to respond.
However, Anne was determined to make her accent work, she says she never dropped the accent during the months of filming, "...Once I was in it, the American accent became the 'other.' It was hard to mix the two so I just wound up staying in it all the time. At the wrap party it freaked people out when I started talking like me."
Paul Meier, a voice coach who runs the English dialect archive at the University of Kansas says, "My heart goes out to her," he says of Hathaway's accent, "It's a specific kind of skill. You can be lousy at dialects and a great actor, and you can be great at dialects and a lousy actor."
There we go, someone in Kansas sympathizes with Hathaway. That counts for something, right?