Kate Winslet says her perfect accent belies her ‘working class hero’ status

April 29th, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 29 (ANI): Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has complained that she is wrongly perceived as middle class because of her perfect diction.

The 33-year-old stunner, who has vowed audiences all around the world with her exceptional acting abilities, insists that she was a daughter of out-of-work actors who struggled to pay the bills.

While expressing her annoyance at those who doubted her working class credentials, she told The Telegraph: “People don’t believe that. People literally think I’m lying.”

Asked why the British did not regard her as a ‘working class hero’, she replied: “Because I speak nice.”

Keeping the topic of the conversation same, Winslet recalled an audition as a teenager in which a director, upon hearing her accent, refused to believe she was from Reading.

She revealed: “He went, ‘I hope you’re not as dishonest in your work as you are about your own life.’ I was shocked. My dad was very much a struggling actor and spent more of his life as a postman, as a member of a tarmac firm, as a van driver. He’d sell Christmas trees. Anything. That was my dad.

“We had these dreadful second-hand cars that would always die a death, or we’d go on holiday to Cornwall, come back and it would have been nicked. It’s like a Joe Orton farce, my family. Honestly, it was hand-me-down shoes and 10p pocket money on a Saturday that didn’t go up until I was 11.” (ANI)

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