British actor Daniel Ezra best known for playing Spencer James CW Chain all American. The lead role marked Ezra’s American acting debut. For the part he was required to use an American accent. So, how the England native perfected his voice to play the South Crenshaw football star all American?
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The actor was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He did the 2014 film. made her on-screen debut in murdered by my boyfriend. In addition, Ezra has a theater background, playing Sebastian in the 2017 production of William Shakespeare. twelfth Night. He has also acted in BBC plays such as Under cover And missing.
once he landed the lead role all america, actor Daniel Ezra shared that he would listen to LA rappers like Nipsey Hussle. in an interview with And! NewsThe England actor shared that he studied the late rapper before shooting for the pilot episode. “[Nipsey Hussle] My favorite is a rapper, and he’s from Crenshaw. So, I studied everything he did,” he said.
The actor spent a lot of time in South Central LA
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Also, Ezra spent a lot of time in South Central LA. In an interview with 2018 entertainment tonight, the actor shared that he would take a walk around the neighborhood and practice pronunciation. This method allowed him to perfect the voice of Spencer James.
“So when I’m here I only speak American,” he shared. “Unless it’s for the press, like in interviews, [and] When I got off the plane, it was quite American to come here. I wanted to practice. I would go to restaurants and places [and] If they looked at me strange or confused, I knew I was doing wrong. “
making a special appearance on Real, Ezra revealed that most of the cast didn’t know he was British. “I stayed in accent a lot throughout filming,” he explained. “So, most of the crew didn’t realize it was until we wrapped up the pilot. When we finished, I started talking normally, and everyone was [shocked]”
Ezra watched NFL Network to learn about American football
all American Based on the life of former NFL star Spencer Pacinger. Since Ezra is from England, he watched a lot of NFL Network to prepare for the role.
in an interview with Los Angeles Times, the actor revealed that he played a football everywhere and trained on a football field. “The real Spencer name can’t be on a football show, and the football doesn’t look good. It made me feel the added responsibility of looking as comfortable as possible in the movie,” Ezra said. “I bought a football, and while we shot I didn’t start, until then I moved football around for a month.”
In addition, Paysinger leads Ezra and Ty Diggs (Billy Baker) around South Crenshaw to expose them to the dynamics of the neighborhood. “I didn’t want to disrespect the neighborhood and say that Spencer went to Beverly, and everything was great. Beverly really exposed me to a new set of problems – the problems of rich kids,” he said.
“I just wanted to show those areas as my extension and just show that the sun shines there as well,” Pacinger continued. “We’re doing a great job of not showing Beverly Hills as a savior.”
all American Season 4 premieres October 25 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.