10 Celebs with Confusing Accents



10 Celebs with Confusing Accents

VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Victoria Toltesi
There are many celebrities with weird accents. From celebs whose accents changed, to stars who faked accents, we're looking at the most confusing celebrity accents. We've included stars like Nicki Minaj, Ryna Gosling and Priyanka Chopra. Join WatchMojo as we count down the top 10 celebrities who have confusing accents. Which star's accent are you most confused by? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 10 Celebs with Confusing Accents

Wait, where are they from? Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for top 10 celebs with confusing accents.

For this list, we’re looking at celebrities whose accents may not match their origins or celebrities who have a sudden change of accent.

#10: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York but sometime a third accent slips out. When people get nervous they may stutter. When Nicki gets nervous, she goes full British. We have to admit it's a great way to distract people from the difficult or personal questions she's asked. She also just loves the accent and wishes she was born with it. We personally love her natural Queens accent, but at least her alter ego, Roman Zolanski, hails from London so a bit of Brit does live in Nicki the Ninja.

#9: Anna Paquin

You may be surprised to learn that Anna Paquin, who plays a lot of American roles, is actually from New Zealand. She’s had a lot of time to practice different accents since she’s been acting since she was 9 and won an Academy award at 11. In general she tries to blend her accent with her surrounding, even in interviews, and taught herself to speak with a Californian accent. In “True Blood” she has a convincing southern accent but sometimes her natural accent sneaks in. She even avoids talking to her mom and sister back home before a take so she doesn’t slip into her Kiwi accent… that’s some serious dedication!

#8: Priyanka Chopra

Rriyanka Chopra has a pretty impressive resume: she won Miss World, she was awarded a Padma Shri, she’s a UNICEF ambassador and she has a confusing accent. The accent thing may not be an accomplishment, but it’s something she fully admits to. She hails from India, but her Dad was in the military so they moved all a lot. When she was 13 she moved to the United States, where she once again moved around the country. With all this moving her accent never settled, leaving her with this amazing ‘global’ accent that has shifted and evolved with her experiences.

#7: Portia de Rossi

Usually Australian accents are very distinct, but Portia, who was born Down Under, has been living in the United States so long that her accent has significantly faded. It not only faded but for a while she actually lost it, and even lost an Australian acting role because her accent wasn’t strong enough. Luckily she redeemed herself in 2015 with her role in “Now Add Honey” where she got to relearn her natural accent. She still uses her American in everyday life and interviews, like when she’s interviewed by her wife Ellen DeGeneres, but at least she can bring back her Aussie when she needs to.

#6: Gillian Anderson

Poor Gillian has gotten a lot of criticism over her seemingly fake British accent. She may have been born in Chicago, Illinois but she spent a lot of her childhood in London. That’s where she lived and where she was schooled until her family moved back to the U.S. when she was 11. Because of this Gillian actually has two accents that she can shift between, a useful skill for an actress. This is why she sounds English in a BBC interview one second, than perfectly American the next. Both accents are just who she is, so haters back off!

#5: Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling was born and raised in London, Ontario but he sounds like someone straight out of Brooklyn. Apparently he decided at a young age to change his accent to sound “tougher.” Who said Canadian accents aren’t tough, eh? He was inspired by legendary actor Marlon Brando, who really was the epitome of masculinity in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Gosling says that he’s been using the fake accent for so long that it’s no longer fake. Gosling has had no problems with success and maybe his accent gave him an extra edge.

#4: Johnny Depp

Johnny has played a lot of different characters throughout his career with dozens of credits to his name as an actor and oh so many accents. Depp may have been born in Kentucky, but he never seems to speak with the same accent twice and there is a sad reason behind it. Depp has admitted that he likes to escape behind his accents and his characters because he doesn’t want to be himself. He has purposely morphed his voice over the years to the point where he doesn’t know his own accent. He’s basically become a character of himself.

#3: Audrey Hepburn

This Golden Age actress has an accent that’s all her own. She was born in Belgium but she moved a lot throughout her life between America, England, Switzerland and more. This already gave her a unique accent, but she also spoke a whopping 5 languages fluently! Wait, there’s more, she also took elocution lessons from fellow actor Felix Aylmer. These lessons focused on diction, just like in “My Fair Lady” which is why Audrey spoke like such a proper Disney Princess. Clearly the lessons paid off and she became one of the most influential actresses of all time.

#2: Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay was born and raised in New York, but whatever accent slipped out of her mouth is not of this world. She’s been irregularly speaking with a French-ish accent, to the point where she’s acting like she can’t remember English words. The actress told the Daily Mail that she’s been learning a lot of different languages, including French, which is why her accent has changed. Many people don’t buy this excuse since she constantly shifts between her American and her ‘other’ accent. She even named her own accent the “Lilohan,” a unique name for a unique accent.

#1: Madonna

Would she be Madonna if she didn’t pull stunts like this? The Queen of Pop was born in raised in Michigan but when she married her British hubby, Guy Ritchie, she inherited a new accent. She moved to jolly old London and almost immediately started talking with a noticeable London accent. According to a spokeswoman, Madonna also went through a lot of vocal coaching for her role in “Evita” where she plays an Argentinian, which also affected her speech. We guess some people are more sensitive to accents than others.