Supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne has revealed she gave an Irish accent to the fairy character she plays in new Amazon Prime show Carnival Row because “it just made more sense”.
The British supermodel and actress stars opposite Orlando Bloom in the new Victorian fantasy world adventure.
Delevingne plays a fairy who washes up on the shores and is put to work as a maid in the human city.
She spoke about the audition process, and how she came to give the character an Irish accent.
The 27-year-old star said: “She wasn’t actually written that way. The first audition I did I asked to do it in both Irish and English even though it wasn’t asked for in Irish, I just always saw it that way. Always.
“I don’t know what reference it was. I learned about fairies; the word fae is Gaelic and I was always pretty sure the mythical thing of fairies was made in Ireland.”
She added: “It just made no sense to me that different creatures would be from similar places.
“Also Irish, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful (accents) and the way they speak and the lyrical way of their words, it just made more sense for the kind of romantic creatures that fairies are, so that just felt extremely important to me.
Delevingne revealed she even tested out her Irish accent for authenticity during a trip to the capital.
“I actually went to Dublin and walked around for a day, not just for this reason, but I was like ‘Now I’m here I am going to see if I can actually get away with this’.
“Luckily my name is Cara, which is also Gaelic, so I walked around and spoke to people in this accent and everyone was like ‘Oh, you’re from Dublin?’
“I didn’t know anywhere, I had never been there before, but it worked well enough.
“Who knows if everyone was drinking Guinness or not? We will see. It was a risk.”
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