Australian actor Cody Fern has received criticism after he debuted his Aussie accent on the latest episode of American Horror Story.
The Western Australia-born star has starred in the US series since 2018 and played different characters every season. But this is the first time he had to play an Aussie actor and thus use his real-life accent.
The only problem is, the 33-year-old was so convincing as an American in his previous roles, no one bought his Aussie accent and realised it was actually his normal speaking voice.
“I’m not fairly comfortable acting in my accent. So it was very strange for me to use my own accent,” Fern admitted to TV Line. “I don’t have Twitter, but I’ve seen feedback from people within the company who are sending me little tweets like, ‘He should stick with his plain white-boy American accent’ and, ‘Who does this Harvard grad think he is trying to do an Australian accent? He’s not Meryl Streep!’ I’m like, ‘You all need to calm down.'”
In previous seasons of the hit anthology, Fern played Michael Langdon in American Horror Story: Apocalypse and Xavier Plympton in American Horror Story: 1984. In this year’s offering, Fern plays park ranger Stan Vogel.
“I think the park ranger was originally going to be older and grizzled. I wanted to do something that was going to be a little more memorable in the context of this particular episode,” he said.
“You need a big tone shift, otherwise it’s just bleakness. You needed someone to be like, ‘These f—ng idiots coming out of the woods. I told them not to go in there!’ I got to have a lot of fun in that.”
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