After Australian “Silver Linings Playbook” actress Jacki Weaver was nominated for an Oscar this week (she plays Bradley Cooper’s mom), she was interviewed by the a Wall Street Journal writer from Philly, who lauded her accent off the bat:
As a Philadelphian myself, I have to say your Philadelphia accent was spot on. How did you prepare for the role?
Thank you so much. I did quite a bit of research. I’ve played a lot of New Yorkers on stage in the past. I know that Philadelphians hate New York actors passing off New York accents as Philadelphian when they are quite different.
The Philadelphia accent is unique. I did have a dialect coach for a little while. She was very encouraging, and said that I had it very quickly. But I also sat around in bars for a while listening to people, which wasn’t a problem at all for me [laughs]. I went to a lot of different shops. I walked around the park a lot talking to strangers. That all was helpful.
Of course, Bradley Cooper is a Philadelphian. It was great to hear him…Then his real mother came on the set and she’s tiny, my size. Listening to her as well was helpful since she is a Philadelphian, born and bred and dyed in the wool.