Aspiring actress Amy Walker has a knack for doing accents. Recently, she decided to videotape herself reciting her name and age in 21 different accents in two and a half minutes. She posted it on YouTube, and it has quickly made its way around the blogs.
Walker speaks with Madeleine Brand about how she mastered so many regional dialects and why some actors get accents so wrong.
She says that her talent must come from having grown up in a musical family, where she spent a lot of time mimicking her favorite band, the Beatles. She can do a New Zealand so well that when she got her first gig acting in a minor role as a Kiwi, her director didn't even know that she was actually from Seattle, she says.
Walker thinks that developing an accent goes along with choosing facial gestures and other mannerisms to get into a character. She is also a writer, and writes in certain accents for each of her characters. British is the easiest accent for her, she says, and if she were to choose one accent to think in — that would be it.