Screenshot: YouTube

Naomi Watts is one of the shining lights of the new season of Twin Peaks, finding unexpected dimensions within a trite suburbanite house-wife archetype and tirelessly innovating new ways to say the name “Dougie.” Seriously: At least 70 percent of her lines include her tearing into that stupid name, and killing it every time, often while playing opposite Kyle MacLachlan doing his best impression of a houseplant. While she has played a couple of deeply American roles for the deeply American director David Lynch, she is actually an English actress who got her start working in Australian film. As a reminder of this, Vanity Fair had the actor buzz through some slang from the two regions, which also serves as a reminder of how wonderful that slang can be:

While “flat to the boards” and “rabbit on” are both wonderful terms on their own, the clear showstopper here is the Australian slang “choccy biccy,” which means “chocolate biscuit, apparently. As Watts transitions to British slang, her accent changes a bit too, providing further fuel for the ongoing controversy as to which region she hails from. But then, she also proves apt with American slang in the video, and tosses in a few French phrases off hand, as well. Truly, she is an international talent that knows no regional boundaries, as best expressed, again, by her dunking all over a blinking, semi-sentient Kyle MacLachlan for the past three hours of Twin Peaks.

Advertisement