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Toni Collette reveals why she never wanted to do another film like Muriel’s Wedding 

Toni Collette feared her Welsh accent in new film Dream Horse was so bad she ‘was letting down an entire nation’ – and reveals why she never wanted to do another film like Muriel’s Wedding

Toni Collette has adopted many an accent while playing characters on the big screen. 

But the Australian actress says that the one she found most challenging of all was Welsh – which she had to learn for her new film, Dream Horse. 

The 48-year-old tells this week’s Stellar Magazine that she feared she would cause outrage if she did the accent badly, especially as there are many regional variations. 

Hard! Toni Collette (pictured) has adopted many an accent while playing characters on the big screen. But the Australian actress says that the one she found most challenging of all was Welsh – which she had to learn for her new film, Dream Horse

‘I was so intimidated by this accent. It really scared me because it’s very particular, and if you go too far, you end up in India,’ she said. 

‘And also it’s a true story and I thought, if I stuff this up, I am letting down an entire nation. Thank God I didn’t screw it up.’ 

The Hereditary actress added that she had, ‘a brilliant, warm, gorgeous, open dialect coach who actually grew up in the area where the film is set.’

Character: Toni portrays real-life Welsh bartender Jan Vokes who bred racehorse Dream Alliance in the film. 'I was so intimidated by this accent. It really scared me because it's very particular, and if you go too far, you end up in India,' she said. Pictured in Dream Horse

Character: Toni portrays real-life Welsh bartender Jan Vokes who bred racehorse Dream Alliance in the film. ‘I was so intimidated by this accent. It really scared me because it’s very particular, and if you go too far, you end up in India,’ she said. Pictured in Dream Horse 

She added that a film, ‘literally just has to speak to my soul’ for her to take on the role.    

Toni helps bring the true story to life of a barmaid who becomes a horse breeder and trainer in the first trailer for Dream Horse.

The actress plays real-life Welsh bartender Jan Vokes, who had previously bred whippets and racing pigeons. 

Got it done! 'Also it's a true story and I thought, if I stuff this up, I am letting down an entire nation. Thank God I didn't screw it up,' Toni added. The Hereditary said he had, 'a brilliant, warm, gorgeous, open dialect coach who actually grew up in the area where the film is set'

Got it done! ‘Also it’s a true story and I thought, if I stuff this up, I am letting down an entire nation. Thank God I didn’t screw it up,’ Toni added. The Hereditary said he had, ‘a brilliant, warm, gorgeous, open dialect coach who actually grew up in the area where the film is set’

She turned her attention to the horse racing world and bred racehorse Dream Alliance.  

Discussing the film, Toni said on the Lorraine show recently: ‘It absolutely is a true story, which carries a bit of responsibility. The film is the equivalent of a very large, warm hug. 

‘It’s about a woman who breeds a race horse even though she doesn’t know anything about that world… it brings a lot of joy to her community, and brings a lot of hope.’

Discussing the film, Toni said on the Lorraine show recently: 'It absolutely is a true story, which carries a bit of responsibility. The film is the equivalent of a very large, warm hug'

Discussing the film, Toni said on the Lorraine show recently: ‘It absolutely is a true story, which carries a bit of responsibility. The film is the equivalent of a very large, warm hug’

Elsewhere in the interview, Toni admitted that she actively rejected films similar to her breakout hit, Muriel’s Wedding, when she moved to Los Angeles on the back of the 1994 comedy’s success, because she did not want to be ‘comfortable’. 

‘I very clearly remember when I first went to LA after Muriel’s Wedding, and I was getting scripts sent to me that were very similar but I just knew not to go down that path,’ she told the magazine.

‘To feel satisfied as an artist you have to do different things and you have to challenge yourself. If you’re feeling comfortable, it ain’t good.’   

Toni will next be starring in limited series The Staircase for HBO alongside Colin Firth. 

Comfy! Elsewhere in the interview, Toni admitted that she actively rejected films similar to her breakout hit, Muriel's Wedding, when she moved to Los Angeles on the back of the 1994 comedy's success, because she did not want to be 'comfortable'. Pictured in Muriel's Wedding

Comfy! Elsewhere in the interview, Toni admitted that she actively rejected films similar to her breakout hit, Muriel’s Wedding, when she moved to Los Angeles on the back of the 1994 comedy’s success, because she did not want to be ‘comfortable’. Pictured in Muriel’s Wedding

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