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Australian actress Toni Collette was ‘very nervous’ about doing a Welsh accent in Dream Horse


‘It’s a tough one to crack!’ Australian actress Toni Collette admits she felt ‘very nervous’ about doing a Welsh accent in Dream Horse

She portrays real-life Welsh bartender Jan Vokes who bred racehorse Dream Alliance in new film Dream Horse.

And Toni Colette admitted she felt ‘intimidated’ and ‘very nervous’ about doing a Welsh accent for the role during an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of Lorraine.

Host Lorraine Kelly complimented the Australian actress, 48, on her accent, and she said: ‘Oh I appreciate that, it’s a tough one to crack I was very intimidated by it if I’m honest.

‘It’s a tough one to crack!’ Australian actress Toni Collette admitted on Wednesday’s Lorraine that she felt ‘very nervous’ about doing a Welsh accent in Dream Horse 

‘I had a fantastic dialect coach and she grew up in the area where the film is set, so it is very specific dialect to there.’

Going on to discuss her co-stars, Toni said: ‘It was really fun to work with Damian Lewis and Owen Teale, he is Welsh and he was very helpful with the accent.

‘All the actors are welsh and lovely people. Welsh culture is so diverse… even though I felt very intimidated and nervous about not letting the country down they were very welcoming.’ 

Character: Tonie portrays real-life Welsh bartender Jan Vokes who bred racehorse Dream Alliance in her new film Dream Horse

 Character: Tonie portrays real-life Welsh bartender Jan Vokes who bred racehorse Dream Alliance in her new film Dream Horse

Grateful: Host Lorraine Kelly complimented Toni on her accent, and she said: 'Oh I appreciate that, it’s a tough one to crack I was very intimidated by it if I'm honest'

Grateful: Host Lorraine Kelly complimented Toni on her accent, and she said: ‘Oh I appreciate that, it’s a tough one to crack I was very intimidated by it if I’m honest’

Discussing the film, she went on: ‘It absolutely is a true story, which carries a bit of responsibility. The film is the equivalent of a very large, warm hug. 

‘It’s about a woman who breeds a race horse even though she doesn’t know anything about that world… it brings a lot of joy to her community, and brings a lot of hope.’

Toni is currently filming the new drama Pieces of Her, which is being filmed in Sydney instead of Vancouver amid the coronavirus crisis.

She said of the situation in Australia during the pandemic: ‘There’s been quite a bit of normalcy for quite some time, I’ve felt quite a bit guilty about how easy and normal things are here. 

Looking back: Going on to discuss her co-stars, Toni said: 'It was really fun to work with Damian Lewis and Owen Teale, he is Welsh and he was very helpful with the accent'

Looking back: Going on to discuss her co-stars, Toni said: ‘It was really fun to work with Damian Lewis and Owen Teale, he is Welsh and he was very helpful with the accent’

Delighted: Toni added, 'even though I felt very intimidated and nervous about not letting the country down they were very welcoming'

Delighted: Toni added, ‘even though I felt very intimidated and nervous about not letting the country down they were very welcoming’

‘We had a small lockdown last year but life is normal, covid doesn’t exist here, there’s one or two cases once in a while. 

‘I am working here, it’s so nice to be so close to home. I’m filming a Netflix show which was meant to be filming in Vancouver is filming here.’

Toni will next be starring in limited series The Staircase for HBO alongside Colin Firth, and she said of the project: ‘I leave for Atlanta Georgia in a few weeks, it’s an amazing cast and an amazing story. 

‘I don’t know Colin, I met him at a dinner years ago but everyone says he’s lovely so I’m sure it’ll be fun. I can’t wait for it!’

Busy: Toni is currently filming the new drama Pieces of Her in Sydney, and she said of the covid pandemic in Australia: 'There’s been quite a bit of normalcy for quite some time'

Busy: Toni is currently filming the new drama Pieces of Her in Sydney, and she said of the covid pandemic in Australia: ‘There’s been quite a bit of normalcy for quite some time’

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