Troian Bellisario Dishes On Mastering an Essex Accent For Alex Drake

Troian Bellisario Dishes On Mastering an Essex Accent For Alex Drake

Troian Bellisario pulled the ultimate switcheroo on Pretty Little Liars — with absolutely no one knowing that her evil twin, Alex Drake, was A.D. until the end.

The actress opened up about learning about Alex, constructing her character, and even mastering that Essex accent.

“I really wanted to make her an Essex girl,” Troian revealed. “Because she was going to have so many scenes with Wren, I wanted to make sure she sounded very different from him. If I just did a generic posh accent, it would be a little harder to hold onto.”

“But if I was very specific, and I made her sound very different from [the other British characters], it’d be easier to tell that this is a living, breathing person from a specific place with a specific history.”

Troian adds that it was actually easy once she got the hang of the accent: “It was a little easier to take the turn because it was so sharp. Like, she wasn’t slightly British, she was fully over there.”

“It was important for me to work with a dialect coach to get a specific accent; she’s telling a whole story with the way that she speaks.”

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  • Zoe

    Pahahhahahaaaaaaaa it was the worst British accent ever. My sister and I were crying with laughter.
    Sincerely us and the rest of the uk