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Celebrities Who Bizarrely Changed Their Accents

Updated March 18, 2019 1.5k votes 278 voters 16.1k views14 items

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It's totally cool if the rich and famous get kooky sometimes. Weird haircuts, crazy styles, and peculiar habits are fair game, but what about celebrities who changed accents? Being a celebrity is a tough gig, and so life in the public eye is bound to get messy. Still, one of the most unsettling celebrity quirks is when someone uses a new dialect and expects no one to notice.

Many actors make their living by convincingly portraying other people. It's understandable that some may be very skilled at taking on accents from other countries, and it's fun to see celebrities pull it off and fool the crowd. Others may be a little less talented at impersonating different dialects. Still, it's cool to see them try - until they start doing it in real life.

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    Madonna is known for her various reinventions, but changing the way she spoke was quite the switch. Madonna was born and raised in Michigan. She initially talked like a typical Midwesterner, but in the early 2000s, her speech took on a British lilt.

    The Telegraph reported that her new voice incidentally emerged during her marriage to English director Guy Richie. Even more unexpectedly, her voice returned to an American style once they divorced. Perhaps it's all a part of her grand artistry, perhaps not.

    Is this new accent weird?
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    Tennessee native Quentin Tarantino is known to change the way he speaks around people of color, specifically Black people. Footage from interviews shows him adopting different slang and inflections around non-white reporters and panels.

    Is this new accent weird?
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    Mega pop star Britney Spears started her career young as a cast member in the second generation of Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. Though her hometown is in Louisiana, her speech pattern has typically not been Southern. Her Gulf Coast drawl leaks out from time to time, but she's been known for other accent swings.

    During her highly publicized 2007 breakdown, she was seen (and heard) speaking in a British accent.

    Is this new accent weird?
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    Though Victoria Beckham entered celebrity culture as the Spice Girl "Posh Spice," her original accent was not particularly posh. But as she and husband David Beckham transitioned to life in Los Angeles, CA, her accent began changing. She found herself in increasingly American and upper-class spaces, and suddenly her voice had a much more dignified air.

    Beckham's accent change was such an item of fascination that BBC revealed a study the University of Manchester conducted and found that "by 2012, her speech no longer so strongly represented her Essex roots."

    Is this new accent weird?