In Netflix’s The Royal Treatment, Laura Marano stars as Izzy, a New York hairdresser who gets the job of a lifetime when she’s invited to Lavania to do hair for a royal wedding. What she doesn’t expect is to discover a connection with the prince, who also happens to be the groom. The two while away the hours getting to know each other, and through it all, Izzy’s thick accent that could only belong to a true New Yorker is right there. But is Marano’s New York accent real? Spoiler alert: it definitely isn’t. But, as it turns out, she pulled from real-life experiences to nail the accent you heard on screen.
What Does Laura Marano Sound Like in Real Life?
Marano was actually born and raised in Los Angeles, which is about as far away as you can get from New York in this country. In real life, she doesn’t have much of an accent at all. Like many actors, Marano’s speaking voice is quite neutral. This makes it much easier for her to take on a new accent with a new role and totally embody it. You can hear her standard speaking voice in the interview below.
How Laura Marano Perfected Her New York Accent in The Royal Treatment
But when it came to her New York accent for this role, Marano had a place to start: her family. She may have been born and raised in Southern California, but she is Italian and has family in New York. She told The Washington Post, “I really infused a lot of myself and a lot of things that I love into the story, whether it’s my Italian New York family — I have a bunch of family in the Bronx that I really hope don’t judge my New York accent too harshly.”
Growing up with people who have an accent you want to take on no doubt makes it easier to do. We think her accent was pretty convincing and feel like her family of New Yorkers might agree.