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