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Meryl Streep: 'There's a generic Irish accent a lot of Americans think they can do, but there's more to it'

Published 12/09/2015 | 16:00

Meryl Streep. Photo: Reuters
Meryl Streep. Photo: Reuters
Meryl Streep receives her Oscar for The Iron Lady in 2012
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Legendary actress Meryl Streep has opened up about her time filming in Ireland and tackling a Donegal accent.

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The two-time Oscar winner (66) filmed in Ireland for a month in 1998 for Dancing At Lughnasa and said that most American actors are in for a shock when they realise there's more than one dimension to the stereotypical Irish accent.

"The Donegal accent was very difficult," she told the Irish Daily Mail's You Magazine.

"But it got easier as we went along and I stopped thinking about it. There's a kind of generic Irish accent that a lot of Americans think they can do, but that isn't it at all.

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"I had done an Australian accent for a A Cry in the Dark, so sometimes I'd unintentionally dredge up a vowel from Sydney that didn't belong."

Streep, who is married to artist Don Gummer for 37 years and has four children Mamie, Henry, and Grace and Louisa, said she practiced her Irish dancing skills for six weeks near her home in Connecticut.

"In my part of Connecticut, there's a very active Irish dance world. I had a teacher named Jack McArdle who runs an Irish ceili dancing school for adults and children. He came to my house during the summer and he got me the shoes with the little noise knockers on them. My kids loved it and so did I."

Meryl Streep receives her Oscar for The Iron Lady in 2012
Meryl Streep receives her Oscar for The Iron Lady in 2012

She also said that due to production going over, she had her family fly over to visit.

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