Why Does Anna Paquin Have a British Accent?
Anna Paquin (Sookie) doesn’t have a British accent; she has a New Zealand accent. Born in Canada, the actress and her family moved to New Zealand when she was 4. The True Blood star has since perfected an American accent, but she says she still falls into a Kiwi drawl with her mother — a native New Zealander — and other family members. “I do when I speak to my mother and my sister and anyone else in my family,” she tells Interview magazine. “I’m bilingual.”
Anna’s husband, co-star Stephen Moyer (Bill), is the one with the British accent. The 42-year-old actor grew up in Essex, England, and is an alum of the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.