Actors That Have Tricked You Into Thinking They’re American

Listen, we can’t all have a keen ear about these things. It happens to the best of us. One minute, you’re trusting the hardass CIA deputy director to Claire Danes, and the next thing you know he’s a classically trained British chap, who (semi-spoiler?) may or may not be a bad guy . What’s with all these actors and their constant lying? Shouldn’t we have a right to know if the people on my TV are American citizens?!?

Well my friends, I’m here to help you find out the truth. We don’t deserved to be lied to any longer and it’s coming to an end right now.

Hugh Laurie

British <- click to reveal their real accents!

Let’s start off with a pretty obvious one. Most people know him from House. I didn’t really watch House, but I had seen him and his convicing dribble as a psychopathic doctor. But when House became really popular, I realized I had seen Hugh Laurie before his breakout role. BECAUSE – he was the guy who sat next to Rachel Green on the plane when she was heading to London to break up Ross’s wedding. Hugh Laurie saying “Pheebs” is all you need in life.

Idris Elba

British

tall drink of water, amirite ladies??

First of all, smokeshow. Second of all, I was introduced to Idris when he was guest starring on The Office as Charles Miner. Incidentally, the gals of the office all fawned on him, especially Kelly & Angela (for some reason) that it was like they were thinking exactly what every woman at home was thinking. Then I found out he is British and it made him even hotter.

Ed Westwick

British

“I’m Chuck Bass.” Now imagine that with a British accent. The part was always an American, but when Ed came in, as seen in the video linked above, they asked him to use his natural accent as well. And for some reason, it’s just so much better as an America.

Damian Lewis

British

Nick Brody, terrorist? If you’re not caught up with Homeland, I won’t answer that question. But one thing we d know is that while he may not be a terrorist, he’s most certainly not originally from the U.S. And to make your mind blown even more, he’s married to Helen McCrory, the woman who played Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter!

David Harewood

British

This lit’rally blew my mind when I found out he wasn’t an American. I mean the deputy director of the CIA’s counterterrorism department isn’t actually from the U.S.?! Isn’t that illegal or something? This dude went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. No wonder he’s successfully tricked us into thinking he’s one of us.

Matthew Rhys

Welsh

Oh Kevin Walker. You were 1/2 of one of my fave gay TV couples of all time with Scott MacFarlane’s Scotty Wandell. After five seasons with the crazy Walker family in California, he moved on to being a Russian spy in the 1980s with Felicity in The Americans. He’s played such convincing Americans that I still can’t believe his accent when he starts talking.

Rachel Griffiths

Australian

Speaking of Brothers and Sisters, Matthew’s on-screen sister is also not born and bred in Southern California. Her other iconic roles in Six Feet Under and the cousin in My Best Friend’s Wedding were so flawlessly American that I legit almost forgot to to put her on this list.

Kevin McKidd

Scottish

McDream, McSteamy, McKidd? Surprise – Cristina Yang’s on-again, off-again hubby has a seriously thick Scottish accent. Like they recruited him to be a voice in Brave.

Jesse Spencer

Australian

Hugh Laurie wasn’t the only trickster on House. Smokeshow Jesse Spencer is now off being a smokeshow in Chicago Fire. He doesn’t even have to talk to get my attention. SIDENOTE: JESSE PLAYS VIOLIN.  AND SINGS. LIKE LEGIT. HELLO?!

Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen

British & Australian

What’s more American that being a country music star? Nothing (ok, maybe being President.). Which is why I feel jipped knowing that Nashville’s power couple are BOTH not ‘Mericans!

Tammin Sursok & Sasha Pieterse

Australian & South African

These two don’t really get along on Pretty Little Liars,  but they do have one thing in common – they’re not originally from the U.S. Maybe that’s part of the reason why they’re toururing the PLLs??! Could they actually be working together? OMG  I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS SHOW.

Georgia King

British

Most convincing American accent by a female actress goes to Georgia King in The New Normal – RIP. You should’ve watched it when we told you to.

Dominic West

British

I’m currently watching The Wire for the first time, and did not put it together that Dominic West, who plays Jimmy McNulty on the show, is the same guy from 300, John Carter, and The Hour. AND he’s British? Never would’ve guessed.

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Celebs You didn’t know could sing their asses off

If you are an actor and you want me to fall in love with you, all you have to do is serenade me with your sweet, effortless, and amazing voice. There’s just something about being surprised with someone’s vocal ability that goes straight to my heart. Here are some of my favorite actors who have won me over with their voice, and maybe they’ll have the same effect on you.

Audra McDonald

Ok, this might be obvious to you if you’re a theater nerd, but if you only know Audra from her work on Private Practice, then you really don’t have an idea of just how big of a deal she is in the theater world. The woman has won five Tony Awards. FIVE. She’s tied for the record of winning the most Tonys with Angela Lansbury. Legit. Here’s just one of my favorite performances by her, but there’s oh so many to choose from.

Hunter Parrish

Hunter is not just a pot growing businessman on Weeds, he can also sing you a soothing song – possibly while selling you pot. He made his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening, and most recently played Jesus in the revival of Godspell, which is where this amazing song comes from.

Matt Bomer

Sure, you know he’s got moves and a killer bod from his role in Magic Mike, and of course he looks good in a suit on White Collar. But he can sing a Broadway standard with the best of them. Also, he played Darren Criss’ hot brother on Glee, and that was fantastic too.

Jeremy Renner

I never really thought anything of Jeremy Renner before, and it’s probably because I don’t think I’ve seen him in any of his movies? Anyways, he hosted SNL, and he surprised the shit out of me in his monologue by playing the piano and singing at the same time. Where did this voice come from? Please sing more. Kthx.

Bonus Video: Jeremy Renner and Rosario Dawson singing to Ryan Gosling at the IFC Awards. Really.

Zachary Levi

Like most people, I first saw the Chuck star sing on the Oscars a couple years ago, and was pleasantly surprised. But that didn’t stop me from trying to find videos of him singing on YouTube (that’s probably where most sane people drew the line).

Robert Downey Jr.

For those of you that forgot, Iron Man is a singer. He actually released an album in 2004, that is probably still available for purchase. For me, the moment my crush with RDJ went onto full on obsession was when he sang on Ally McBeal. Swoon City, I tell ya. Of course this was right before he went to rehab for the very last time, so his perfect romance with Ally didn’t get to last too long. At least we got a few songs out of it.

Jensen Ackles

I don’t even watch Supernatural. I did watch Days of Our Lives when he was on it, and I thought he was a smokeshow then. And he kind of has a smokeshow country voice now. Yeehaw.

Anna Kendrick

This is a no-brainer if you’ve seen Pitch Perfect. If you haven’t seen it, Anna has been singing forevssss, and was in one of the best scenes from the movie musical Camp, called Ladies Who Lunch. She’s also slated to star in the movie version of my favorite musical Last Five Years, and I cannot wait. In the meantime, check out Anna singing For Good with legendary Kristin Chenoweth, and try to fight back the tears.

Damian Lewis

I accidentally stumbled across this doing my research for this post, and it was too good not to share. This vid appears to be from the season one Homeland wrap party, and Damian sings a classic rock song and dedicates it to Claire Danes  – who is rocking out in the front row. Ugh Brody and Carrie, you’re so wrong it’s right.