The Scot­tish princess

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

IT’S A BLUS­TERY sum­mer day in the Scot­tish cap­i­tal and Kelly Macdon­ald’s white, pussy­cat-bow blouse and elab­o­rate pogo-stilt heels seem to brighten the room as she walks into Ed­in­burgh’s stately Bal­moral Ho­tel. She can’t have no­ticed the weather be­fore she came out.

“I’m only wear­ing this be­cause I’m talk­ing to the press to­day,” she says with a roll of the eyes. “I don’t even know where it comes from. I’m rub­bish at shop­ping. I have to get some­one to do it for me. I checked the shoes ear­lier but the la­belly bit on the inside had worn off.” She points at the top. “This is Lublu. I think. I don’t know. I haven’t a clue.”

Can it re­ally be true? Kelly Macdon­ald – the star of Brave and Dis­ney’s new­est princess – needs to del­e­gate her wardrobe de­ci­sions? Ap­par­ently.

“I went to a fancy dress party a few years ago as Calamity Jane,” she mut­ters apolo­get­i­cally. “And I didn’t have to buy a sin­gle thing. It’s re­ally em­bar­rass­ing. It was all there in my wardrobe.”

You can take the girl out of Scot­land. You can eas­ily pic­ture Kelly Macdon­ald muck­ing about with her mates in an un­for­tu­nate fringed jacket. The Glaswe­gian ac­tor has worked with Martin Scors­ese, the Coen Broth­ers and the late Robert Alt­man yet has sin­gu­larly failed to ac­quire any Hol­ly­wood airs or graces.

“I try to keep my Glas­gow friends up to speed with ev­ery­thing,” she tells me. “But it still seems to come as a sur­prise. ‘What? What are you do­ing in a Dis­ney film?’” Her wee jin­gling voice re­tains the mu­si­cal­ity of her na­tive di­alect. She speaks cau­tiously and halt­ingly with just a glint of Scot­tish stee­li­ness and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Whither re­ceived pro­nun­ci­a­tion? “I’ve no­ticed that a lot of Welsh and English peo­ple lose their ac­cent when they move to Lon­don,” she ob­serves. “Maybe it’s be­cause they’re ge­o­graph­i­cally closer. I wouldn’t know how to go about los­ing mine.”

At the pre­miere of Brave in LA

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