Xander and Zoe trying to ditch their British accents on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL actually gave viewers a chance to hear Kiara Barnes’ real voice for a change. But when the soap put out a casting call for an English actress to play he new role of Zoe, the Utah native didn’t let a little thing like the country of her birth get in the way! “I gave them my British accent and they were really into it,” she told Soaps In Depth of her B&B audition. “They said, ‘Wow! We really felt that voice,’ which is great because I knew then that I had a convincing accent.”
While Barnes is obviously a natural at faking her British accent, she did admit to an unusual trick she has for getting back into it if necessary. “If I’ve been out of it a while,” the actress confessed, “I’ll watch episodes of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF.”
And as impressed as the B&B producers were with Barnes’ English accent, the true stamp of approval came from British-born co-star Adain Bradley (Xander). After she used the accent during her audition opposite him, he recalled how surprised he was to hear her real voice weeks later. “Her accent is really good!” he praised. Although since Bradley hails from York, England, Barnes has asked him for pronunciation tips from time to time. “She’ll say, ‘Does this sound right?’” he revealed. “I’m like, ‘I should be asking you for advice! Her accent is more convincing than mine!”
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Reporting from Amy Helmes