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23 September 2022, 16:09
What is Harry Styles' accent in Don't Worry Darling? Fans speculate over the star's dialect after a scene divides viewers.
The Olivia Wilde-directed psychological thriller hit theatres on September 23, sending everyone into a tailspin in the process. One area of the film that's been a hot topic ever since the first few teaser clips emerged is the discussion surrounding Harry's accent...
The 'As It Was' singer portrays Jack Chambers but audiences are questioning where the character is supposed to be from.
So, what is Harry Styles' accent in Don't Worry Darling?
Don't Worry Darling first began filming in 2020, and fans have been patiently waiting to see the project come to cinemas.
In the run-up to the movie, more clips emerged of Harry's ambiguous accent which began to divide the opinion of viewers, with one scene in particular with Florence Pugh sparking debate online.
The clip depicts an argument between Jack (Styles) and Alice (Pugh), Harry says: "Not everyone gets this opportunity, and if you keep talking like this, you’re going to put it all at risk”.
Reviews of the film began to come out following the film's explosive Venice Film Festival premiere, with some viewers even branding the pop star's dialect as distracting.
best moment in Don't Worry Darling is when a character tells Harry Styles, "you're a Brit." immense sense of relief to have clarification on what his accent is meant to be.— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) September 20, 2022
Meanwhile, I have no idea what “Definitely Worry Darling” is even about. All I’ve seen is that thirty-second clip of Harry Styles trying to decide on an accent.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) September 6, 2022
Many deemed it as Transatlantic, meaning a way of talking that is one part British and another American English.
The Transatlantic (also known as Mid-Atlantic) accent is most commonly linked to a way of talking among Hollywood stars in the 1930s and 40s – which would make sense as Don't Worry Darling is set in 1950s California.
The British-American blend makes sense for someone like Harry who is always moving between the UK and US, however, other fans theorised that the character of Jack is supposed to sound intentionally British.
Upon Don't Worry Darling's release, fans took notice of one particular line that seemed to clear up any confusion: "You're supposed to be a Brit."
There you have it, Jack Chambers is in fact British in the film!
Harry has previously spoken about how his own idiolect has altered over the years after spending an increasing amount of time across the pond.
"I'm from up north and I've lived in London for ten years and I've spent a lot of time in America and stuff," the pop sensation explained, "so I think when I'm with Americans they don't think I sound American at all."