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Interviews | Juliet Landau
Southern-style Spike

PictureJames Masters said that he initially tried Spike with a southern accent. Did you have any alternatives to how you played Drusilla?

The [script] pages that I had said, "Actress can be British or American." I was like, "Oh, no, she should really be Cockney," especially with the whole Sid and Nancy analogy.

So then Joss said that it would depend on what actor they got for Spike, and how that was going to be. So they asked me, once I was set for the part, whether I would read with the final choices of Spikes. I think four actors came in.

James and I immediately had this great connection and worked so well together. He did come in Southern and then they said, "Can you do English?" He did and it went off from there. I never actually had a Southern Drusilla in mind. That would be kind of interesting, Blanche and Drusilla as something together.

Does Tony ever give you accent tips?

Yeah, Anthony has been great and really supportive in terms of the dialect and stuff.

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