Millie Bobby Brown confuses fans with her American accent


Millie Bobby Brown confused fans with her changing accent as she appeared on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show to promote her new film, Enola Holmes 2. 

The British beauty, 18, grew up in Dorset, England, and plays an English detective in her new movie, yet sounded like a born and bred California girl as she chatted away to Jimmy Fallon

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to express their shock, with one fan remarking they didn’t even know Millie was British as she’s best known for her role in the American Netflix series, Stranger Things. 

Interesting: Millie Bobby Brown confused fans with her changing accent as she appeared on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show to promote her new film, Enola Holmes

Interesting: Millie Bobby Brown confused fans with her changing accent as she appeared on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show to promote her new film, Enola Holmes

Fans penned: ‘I never knew #MillieBobbyBrown was from Britain…she hides her accent very well!!’; ‘He was good in Enola Holmes too but still not convinced with Millie Bobby Browns english accent lol’;

‘Why are people crying about Millie Bobby Brown losing her Br*tish accent?? That should be a blessing.’; ‘Wait, why is Millie Bobby Brown now speaking with an American accent?’; What happened to her accent’. 

Millie previously revealed that she was losing her British accent after relocating to Florida with her family at the age of eight and then starring in Stranger Things. 

Quirky: The British beauty, 18, grew up in Dorset, England, and plays an English detective in her new movie, yet sounded like a born and bred California girl as she chatted to Jimmy Fallon

Quirky: The British beauty, 18, grew up in Dorset, England, and plays an English detective in her new movie, yet sounded like a born and bred California girl as she chatted to Jimmy Fallon

Surprised: Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to express their shock, with one fan remarking they didn't even know Millie was British

Surprised: Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to express their shock, with one fan remarking they didn’t even know Millie was British

Speaking to Radio Times, she said: ‘For the last five years I’ve been playing an American character in Stranger Things and I found it really challenging being British in this, even though I am a Brit. 

‘I had to learn how to speak again because I’m so used to speaking in an American accent.’  

Ironically, Millie initially struggled to perfect an American accent, admitting she learnt by mimicking Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana. 

She told Jimmy Fallon in 2020: ‘I watched Bugsy Malone and Godfather when I was like eight and my parents were like, you know, watching all these movies with me and I was like ‘Yeah but Hannah Montana is like Oscar-nominating, like it’s so good.’

‘Hannah Montana is the best, the film, everything. Everything about it is amazing.’

One to watch: Millie previously revealed that she was losing her British accent after relocating to Florida with her family at the age of eight and then starring in Stranger Things

One to watch: Millie previously revealed that she was losing her British accent after relocating to Florida with her family at the age of eight and then starring in Stranger Things

Millie isn’t the only British star that’s struggled to keep their accent after moving across the pond. 

Brooklyn Beckham showed off his multitude of accents during a candid interview about his love for cookery.

The 23-year-old son of Victoria and David Beckham spoke to People in August about what he loves to cook for wife Nicola Peltz, 27 – but baffled fans as he switched between American and Cockney accents while chatting.

The star, who was raised between London, Madrid and Los Angeles, said: ‘My favourite thing to cook a lot, she loves angel hair pasta with pink sauce.

Unusual: Brooklyn Beckham showed off his multitude of accents during a candid interview about his love for cookery back in August

Unusual: Brooklyn Beckham showed off his multitude of accents during a candid interview about his love for cookery back in August

‘But she also loves the spaghetti bolognese I make her, it takes like eight hours to make the sauce.’

Brooklyn’s fans noted that he also bore a resemblance to Tesla mogul Elon Musk with his style and accent.

In his 23 years, Brooklyn has lived all over the world, flitting between England, Spain and the United States due to father David’s football career. 

In 2020, Brooklyn relocated to the US to live with his now-wife Nicola Peltz in Los Angeles.

Comment: Brooklyn's fans noted that he also bore a resemblance to Tesla mogul Elon Musk with his style and accent (Musk pictured February)

Comment: Brooklyn’s fans noted that he also bore a resemblance to Tesla mogul Elon Musk with his style and accent (Musk pictured February)

Meanwhile, Liam Payne had an unintentionally hilarious chat at the Oscars in March – which went viral due to the Wolverhampton-born star’s ‘Irish-American’ twang. 

Back in April, Liam finally spoke out about his ‘bizarre’ accent when he was interviewed about the infamous Will Smith slap after the Oscars.

The singer, 28 admitted he had ‘a lot to drink’ on the night of his now-famous interview with Good Morning Britain, where he defended his pal Will, 53, for slapping Chris Rock.

Hilarious: Liam Payne had an unintentionally hilarious chat at the Oscars in March - which went viral due to the Wolverhampton-born star's 'Irish-American' twang

Hilarious: Liam Payne had an unintentionally hilarious chat at the Oscars in March – which went viral due to the Wolverhampton-born star’s ‘Irish-American’ twang 

He described himself as a ‘social chameleon’ and called his accent is ‘ever-changing’ depending on who he is around, before insisting he is normally ‘good at accents’.  

Addressing his interview in an Instagram Live video, Liam joked: ‘I’m good at accents, I pride myself on them! I just wish sometimes I could do my own.

‘No I mean, what can I say about that really? It was quite funny.’  

The former One Direction star admitted that he had told the presenter not to ask him any difficult questions because he ‘had a lot to drink’, as his friends could be heard laughing in the background.

Liam went on to say he has listened back to his interview and said he ‘stands by’ his comments – which were slammed as ‘rambling – adding: ‘I’m just sorry it came out in so many accents! I’m not even sure if it’s an accent I can do.’

He then said people only need to watch back his X Factor audition for proof of his ‘ever-changing’, where he claims you couldn’t even tell he was from Birmingham.

‘I didn’t know the Birmingham accent was going to become really cool because of Peaky Blinders, but I don’t sound like I’m from Birmingham really [in the audition],’ he said.   ‘But when my mum’s here, you bl**dy bet I do!’

Lots to talk about: Brooklyn and Liam posed up for a snap back in 2018

Lots to talk about: Brooklyn and Liam posed up for a snap back in 2018

Liam called himself a ‘social chameleon’ because his accent changes depending on who he is with, saying his bizarre twang emerged because he was staying with people who had different accents.

He added: ‘That day – I’ll tell you the truth – I was staying in a house with two German people, three people from Texas, one person from Liverpool and me. 

‘It sounded like one of those jokes people say where an Irishman and an Englishman walk into a pub!

The rise of TikTok voice: How Gen Z has adopted the ‘affected, theatrical drawl’ of the Mid-Atlantic accent because it suggests ‘power and status’ 

If you’ve started to notice that everyone on TikTok seems to sound the same, then you’re not wrong, after Gen Z brought back the Mid Atlantic accent popularised by old Hollywood before it started to dwindle in the 1960s.

Linguists and voice coaches have explained how the ‘TikTalk’ or ‘TikTok voice’ is really the mid-Atlantic accent which ‘denoted class, status and education during the era of ‘talkies’ (sound films) in the 1920s’.

Thanks to stars like Katharine Hepburn, the half-English and half-American drawl ‘became known as the ‘movie accent’ due to its prominence in Hollywood films, and has seen a resurgence in recent years among stars such as Harry Styles, Millie Bobby Brown and Gillian Anderson.

And it has now picked up steam on the social media app, with TikTok user @It’sMeJadeB recently posting a video which has since gained over 1.7 million views in which she commentsed ‘Who decided this is how we were going to talk on TikTok?’

Other users were quick to agree with her observation, with one declaring that they looked back on all their old videos only to discover they’d been imitating the accent all along.

Speaking to FEMAIL, linguists and voice coaches revealed how TikTok voice, aka TikTalk’ has become a specific register commonly used to narrate storytelling videos.

Speaking about the ‘TikTok voice’, expert linguists from the app Babbel commented: ‘The ‘TikTok voice’ is really the mid-Atlantic accent (also known as the trans-Altantic, American Theater Standard or American stage speech accent) was very popular in the northeastern United States, and was named for the middle of the Atlantic ocean, rather than the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.’

‘The accent is so named because it’s supposed to sound like a cross between two accents from opposite sides of the Atlantic: British Received Pronunciation (BRP) and Standard American.’

‘Historically, the mid-Atlantic accent denoted class, status and education during the era of ‘talkies’ (sound films) in the 1920s, and became known as the ‘movie accent’ due to its prominence in Hollywood films.

‘Back then, this accent was a consciously taught, and learned, blend of BRP and the Standard American accent, and it became popular on the radio, in cinemas and theater: everyone from newsreel narrators to Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are famous to this day for using this accent.

‘While it hasn’t been taught for decades (the ‘movie accent’ quickly fell out of style following the end of WWII), many people have picked up the accent in recent years – especially when producing content on social media and in particular Tik Tok.

‘Accents and dialects provide cultural shorthands to tap directly into popular stereotypes, and falling into a specific accent can help convey a common character type.

‘Because of its prominent role in American history and media, the mid-Atlantic accent can still be used to communicate wealth and education.’

Meanwhile they continued: ‘Whilst it can’t be said exactly why Gen Z are so eager to bring back the accent, we can theorize that they may be trying to tap into the status and power that come hand-in-hand with sounding mid-Atlantic.

‘Outside of this, it may just be that influencers are looking to stand out with a distinctive sound in an increasingly saturated market – or that they just find the accent fun to use!’

The accent was popularised by some of TikTok most popular users including @glamdemon2004, Audrey Peters and Sara Nahusenay.

And it’s not just American accounts adopting the accent, with London based @MaybeTasniu also adopting the twang.   



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