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Joe Alwyn opens up about his Irish accent in Conversations with Friends

Joe Alwyn has detailed how he got his Irish accent in the upcoming series conversation with friends.

The actor plays Nick, a married man who becomes involved with college student Frances (Alison Oliver), in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s first novel.

For the role, Alwyn – who was born in Kent and then grew up in London – had to try to perfect a Dublin accent to play the character.

In a new interview, he detailed his methods of dealing with the ins and outs of accent, including hearing the voices of Irish actors.

“I’ve been listening to people like Andrew Scott and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and that middle-class South Dublin accent,” he said GQ hype.

“[Nick’s] is quite anglicised, there was the idea that he went to drama school in London and has a British wife, so maybe some of those sounds were toned down too.

Nick’s photographer, Melissa, is played by Jemima Kirke. She also becomes friends with Frances and her best friend and ex-partner Bobbi (Sasha Lane).

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Elsewhere in the interview, Alwyn admitted he hadn’t given much thought to how conversations with friends is received by the audience.

Instead, he just hopes people will think they’re doing the book justice. He added, “I know it sounds a bit lame, but I’m just thinking, I hope people really enjoy it.”

The series premieres Sunday May 15 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, as well as Hulu in the US.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/joe-alwyn-conversations-with-friends-accent-irish-b2074481.html Joe Alwyn opens up about his Irish accent in Conversations with Friends

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