8 Australian Actors who have perfected the American Accent

May 26, 2015 | Blog

There is nothing worse than a bad accent. It can distract viewers from the plot and alienate the audience.

A good actor embodies their character and can convince the audience into believing the character’s journey. Learning an american accent is not easy however it can be done with the right dialogue training.

If you’re looking for inspiration and considering signing up for our American Accent course, then check out these Australian actors whose American accents are flawless.

  1. Toni Collette

Toni Collette is best known for her stand out roles in US hits, The Sixth Sense, and Little Miss Sunshine. From Philadelphia to Albuquerque, this lady has proved she is the master of the American accent and it’s many dialects.

  1. Chris Hemsworth

Screenwise alumni Chris Hemsworth started his acting career in Home and Away, before making his big Hollywood debut in the movie Star Trek.

But it was his role as Marvel Comic superhero Thor that took his acting career to the next level. Putting on 6 kilos of muscle and perfecting his American accent saw Chris Hemsworth nominated for ‘Best Hero’ at the MTV Movie Awards in the US.

  1. Rachel Griffths

Melbourne-born Rachel Griffths made her movie debut in the Australian classic Muriel’s Wedding. But she is best known for her role as Brenda Chenowith in the dark comic TV show Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker in hit US show Brother’s and Sisters. Her work in film and television has earned her a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards in the US.

  1. Rebel Wilson

This Australian actress, writer and stand-up comedian is best known for her roles in recent US comedies Bachelorette and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Her ability to perfect an authentic American accent was even highlighted on The Ellen Show when host Ellen Degeneres made her play ‘The Accents Game’.

  1. Cate Blanchett

Over the years this actress has racked up overseas awards from the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes and BAFTA’s. Her most notable award to date was an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Elizabeth.

Her performance as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator made her the first and only actor to win an award for playing another Oscar winning Actor. Her most recent role as a character from Upper East Manhattan in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, received much critical acclaim.

6.   Simon Baker

Australian actor and director Simon Baker is best known for his role in the hit US series The Mentalist. This Tasmanian-born, surf-loving actor now lives in LA and has held lead and supporting roles in films such as L.A. Confidential and The Devil Wears Prada.

    7.   Anthony LaPaglia

Despite spending the first 25 years of his life living in Adelaide, Anthony is best known for playing a straight-talking, street savvy New Yorker. With a Dutch mother and Italian father, Australian-born Anthony disguises his accent effortlessly in the role of American FBI Agent Jack Malone in Without a Trace.

     8.   Rose Byrne

Sydneysider Byrne appeared in several Australian films and TV shows before heading overseas to land a small role in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

She has also made a name for herself starring in financially successful and critically acclaimed films such as Bridesmaids, Wicker Park, Knowing and most recently in the remake of Annie.

Looking to improve on your American accent? Contact us at Screenwise today and sign up for our American Accent course.

 

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