Mas­ter­ing a York­shire accent can be more dif­fi­cult than kick­ing a drug habit, tack­ling Parkin­son’s dis­ease or get­ting naked on screen, writes

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - Kate Har­ris

ANNE Hathaway is used to a chal­lenge when she takes on a role.

The ac­tress was nom­i­nated for an Os­car play­ing re­cov­er­ing drug ad­dict Kym in Rachel Get­ting Mar­ried, and got her teeth into the part of Parkin­son’s dis­ease suf­ferer Mag­gie Mur­dock in Love and

Other Drugs.

But when it came to mas­ter­ing the York­shire accent for the role of Emma Mor­ley in her lat­est film One Day, she was more ner­vous about it than be­ing naked on screen.

‘‘ You can do sit-ups as prep for the nu­dity,’’ she says, ‘‘ but there aren’t a lot of vo­cal sit-ups that you can do.

‘‘ I don’t know, maybe it’s be­cause I have more ex­pe­ri­ence in my life be­ing naked than pre­tend­ing to be Bri­tish.

‘‘ I got more com­fort­able quickly with the nu­dity than I did with the accent.’’

Hathaway, 28, trained with a voice coach for eight hours a day for six weeks to get the accent right.

She says of her ner­vous­ness: ‘‘ You know how you think you sound like . . . the screechi­est ban­shee in the world. Well, maybe you don’t.’’

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