Homeland actor Damian Lewis has ‘made it’ in Hollywood thanks to his skill at the American accent, but he refuses to do it in front of his children out of fear.
The 46-year-old actor has admitted that he’s worried that his two children – daughter Manon, 10, and nine-year-old son Gulliver – will start talking with an American twang.
Damian, who stars in Billions, claimed that his wife – Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory is worried too.
In a new interview with Mr Porter magazine, he said: “I don’t do it in front of them.
“They once spent a school term in the US and they started copying the accent in this comical, exaggerated way, elongating their vowels. I put a stop to that. My wife has a horror that the children will start talking American if we spend too much time out there.”https://www.instagram.com/p/BQX0mHbANSr/?taken-by=helenmccrorys&hl=en
Damian claimed he gets a lot of stick from his pals if he ever continues his accent when he’s not in character.
Having played Nicholas Brody in the hit series Homeland for years meant that the accent has become like “second nature” to the accent.
“I once did a US TV interview in my American accent and somehow it was seen by quite a few of my friends back in England,” he confessed.
“There were several irate text messages. ‘You are British! Stop talking like an American!’ It has become second nature to me now and I am happy to do it. That said, if I am with Brits I come out of it pretty quickly.”
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Damian is currently playing Axelrod in Billions but while his character is a flashy hedge fund manager, the swanky lifestyle is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
“A show like Billions means extraordinarily long hours,” he said. “You get a 60-page script every week to 10 days. You have to get learning it immediately. You are doing 60-70 hour weeks.
“The turnover is relentless and everyone is working flat out. There’s no time for a beer when you’ve wrapped for the day because you are exhausted,” Damien added.