Alec Baldwin doesn’t understand why Gillian Anderson is bidialectal & Hilaria isn’t

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Alec Baldwin is like a teenage girl in the way he’s always getting into dumb social media beefs, always crying about the “haters” and always making pronouncements about his social media usage. It feels like every month or so, Alec decides to deplatform himself from Twitter or Instagram or Facebook. And then in a week, he’s back to posting his bullsh-t and getting into beefs with commenters. Then suddenly something will blow up and he’ll make some big pronouncement that he’s “leaving.” This man is 62 years old and he just welcomed his seventh child, Bebecita Lucia, very recently. Surprisingly, Alec’s latest “I’m leaving Twitter” proclamation isn’t completely about his esposa, Hilaria de Boston, and madre to seis of his ninos. Please enjoy:

Alec Baldwin has left Twitter. The actor and father of seven made the announcement in a lengthy video posted to Instagram Wednesday night. The 30 Rock star recorded the video on his phone, which appeared to be mounted to his car’s center console, and he admitted that the decision came after backlash to a joke he recently made about Gillian Anderson.

Baldwin said the comment in question was just made to be ironic, but lamented, “Of course you can’t do any irony on Twitter. You can’t do any irony in the United States anymore, because the United States is such an uptight, stressed-out place and unpleasant place right now.”

Recently, Baldwin joked about Anderson using her American accent during the Golden Globes on Sunday when she took home the award for her performance in The Crown, which confused many on Twitter who thought she was British and had a natural English accent. Baldwin tweeted, “Switching accents? That sounds … fascinating,” which seemed to be a veiled reference to the controversy surrounding his wife, Hilaria, and questions regarding her accent and cultural heritage.

While Baldwin specifically avoided mentioning Anderson by name, he apologized for any offense to her that his comment may have caused. “The person I was referring to is someone I am a huge fan of.. and that comment was meant to just illustrate the point that multicultural expressions of anyone… that’s your business,” Baldwin said, adding that he truly meant no disrespect.

As for his decision to leave Twitter, Baldwin said it stemmed in the negativity that he feels is pervasive on the platform. “The problem with Twitter is, it’s a lot of haters. It’s one-third interesting posts… one-third tedious, puerile nonsense, and then it’s one-third abject hatred and malice and unpleasantness,” he shared.

Toward the end of his lengthy post, Baldwin also addressed welcoming his daughter, Lucia, via surrogate. “The good thing about being an older dad is work is less important to me now, I don’t really need to work too much right now. I’ve worked a lot… I’ve tried to balance that a lot with my wife and kids,” Baldwin said, adding that having children has been “the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I love my children more than I could possibly put into words,” he added.

[From Entertainment Tonight]

Gillian Anderson is genuinely bidialectal, having been raised in America AND Britain legitimately. Hillary Thomas was raised entirely in Boston and she spent a few childhood summer vacations in Espana, from the best we can tell. Alec was trying to compare the two women, like if Gillian can “pretend” to have two accents, why can’t Hillary? Because Hillary es muy loca, imbécil. And because Hillary wasn’t just toying around with a fake accent – although that would be crazy enough – she was actually pretending to be authentically Spanish.

As for the rest of it… why in the world does he post these 10-minute-long video rants? El es muy ridículo.

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  1. Cerise says:

    No mames

    • Julie says:

      Justo esto iba a decir jajaja


    • Lauren says:

      LOL I was drinking water when I read this. I chocked.

    • C-Shell says:

      Y’all 🤣🤣🤣

      • Joan Rivers says:

        He’s always been a bit intense and off. But he’s worse now.

        And women who have one baby after another, w/a surrogate too, are trying to fill a hole in their soul.

        Just stopppppp

    • AlpineWitch says:


      I only read the Hilaria posts for the comments!

      The more he defends her, the more he looks loco…

      Someone inventing an accent and appropriating a cultural heritage is not the same as a person who was raised in two countries. What an imbecile.

    • AMA1977 says:

      No mames, I am dying…

  2. HoofRat says:

    I’m treating these Baldwin posts as an introductory Spanish course. Muy educativo!

  3. Bettyrose says:

    Gillian Anderson was all over U.S. media with her American accent in the 90s. I’ve known since The Fall that she’s bidialectal but I need Twitter handles of these youngins who’d never heard her American accent before. They’ve got some 9Os tv viewing to catch up on.

  4. GraceB says:

    I don’t really know that Gillian Anderson does speak naturally with two different accents? She might be good at speaking with two or more but it doesn’t mean its naturally how she speaks and the big difference is that it’s all in English. When you live in a certain place for long enough, you can’t help but pick up some of the local accent. Hilaria was pretending she spoke with a Spanish accent because Spanish was her native language.

    • Amelie says:

      No, she does genuinely speak with an American and British accent. She lived in London from when she was a baby to 11 years old. 11 years is a significant enough time to permanently develop a British accent. When she moved back “home” (she was born in the US but moved when she was a baby) she said kids made fun of her at school so she did her best to drop the British accent to fit in. But she always had it in her back pocket and she can whip it out naturally. She always said she felt more at home in London than in the US as it’s where she spent her formative years. So even though Gillian may have had American parents, she spent a significant amount of time living in England as a kid and views it as her home.

      • Kelly says:

        I worked with a guy who grew up in England until he was 15 then moved to the US. He started speaking with an American accent because he got made fun of and because some British slang doesn’t translate well to American (he said calling women Luv in business settings hit very early on as inappropriate) and today you’d never know that he grew up English…until he gets drunk and that natural accent comes out in full force.

      • tealily says:

        Ahh @Amelie thanks for this breakdown! I’ve been trying to figure this out for ages. I knew she had spent time in England growing up, but I had no idea it was that significant a portion of her life.

      • Lizzythe2 says:

        We had a summer intern a few years back who was from Ireland. I asked where he was born (as in what city/town). He mentioned a local town. We were all surprised. He said he moved to Ireland as a baby as one of the parents was Irish. He felt no need to change his accent. Not sure why Alec needs to defend a fake culture by his wife.

      • Esmom says:

        I think everyone’s different. I had a classmate move to the US from England in 6th grade and her Liverpool accent was so strong I could barely understand a word she said. By the end of 8th grade, she had no trace of an English accent. And her brother’s was still as strong as the day they arrived. And as far as I know, she never slips back into the English accent, her American accent seems solid and unwavering.

      • Realistic says:

        I’m an immigrant, I moved to Canada when I was 8, my siblings were 14 and 16. I lost my accent quickest and my siblings followed. My parents still have their accents even tho we have been here for 30 years. I also knew an English guy who moved to Canada at 15 and lost his accent really quickly. It reappeared a few years later when he realized women liked accents lol.

      • Vavavoom says:

        My Dad and his family (parents and 3 kids) came to Canada from England when he was 8 (sister was 10, brother was 6) And all of them lost their accents. By the time I was born, they all spoke just like me, so I have no idea when they ‘lost’ them. Even my grandparents did. Sometimes I’d catch them using british phrases or slang, but it was never with a British accent.

      • chimes@midnight says:

        John Barrowman (from Doctor Who, Arrow, The Producers and De Lovely) does the same. He was born in Scotland and moved to the US as a child, so he has a quite broad Scottish brogue that he speaks in around his family and then a natural American accent as well.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I’ve now been in the US longer than I was in Ireland (born there and lived there until I was 18) but I still slip into my original accent when I’m tired or stressed, or angry. It truly is “getting my Irish up.”

    • Accents also come and go depending on who you speak with. I used to have a more pronounced southern accent but have lived in California for 20 years so you can’t hear it much. But man, when I get to talking with my mom the y’alls and git gone’s start coming hot and heavy, lol. Same with my Irish husband. When we go there or if we speak to a group of friends, his accent gets SO STRONG. But as has been pointed out, these accents were rooted in childhood (btw, Children who just HEAR a foreign language spoken with a native accent will, if they ever learn to speak that language, have a more “correct” pronunciation-being exposed to language rewires us) while Miss Hillary’s was a try on from the vacation shop. She is rightly called out.

    • MissMarierose says:

      No, she really does. I believe she first commented on it back when she was on X-Files. And she’s not alone in that.
      John Barrowman is also bidialectal, having been raised partially in American and Scotland.

  5. Laura says:

    Also, her accent in the crown was for a job. As far as I know she doesn’t go around switching accents in real life?
    Grasping at straws Alec.
    The only celebrity I recall doing that was Madonna when she lived in London /married to Ritchie. She never claims she was actually British, just that it rubbed off.

    • Summergirl says:

      Actually Gillian Anderson does switch her accents in real life. I heard her doing an interview on Fresh Air and she spoke in a British accent, to my surprise. I found it odd as I don’t get the concept of being bidialectical. Intellectually I understand the concept, but I’ve never come across someone for whom two accents are both natural and authentic. I still would have thought you have a “real” or primary dialect. Still, Gillian Anderson and Hilaria are obviously not in the same category.

      • Amy Bee says:

        I saw her on a talk show years ago, I think it was Graham Norton, and she explained that it just happens. When she’s in the UK, her British accent comes out and when she’s in the US her American accent comes out.

      • Emm says:

        I have but they are both American accents. My born and raised Midwestern SIL moved down south about 15years ago and when she comes back for visits she sounds the same except for the occasional slip or ya’ll thrown in. When I see video of her with friends down there though she is pretty full southern accent. I think in her case as with Gillian it’s depends on what environment you are in and who you are surrounded by. I don’t find it in genuine, it’s just something that happens naturally.

      • Case says:

        Anya Taylor-Joy does this too. I believe she was born in the US and spent part of her childhood in Argentina and another part of it in the UK, so her accent is sort of a mish-mash that changes slightly depending on her environment. It’s a little odd, but I get it — it’s similar to how people from the south who move away might lose their accent over time, but they’re able to slip right back into it if they go home.

      • Cee says:

        It happens to us. I automatically switch accents depending on who I’m with, not because I have to or want to, but because it happens naturally. Of course it only happens with accents developed naturally and, dare I say it, in infancy.

        I grew up with both Spanish and English, and two very different English accents.

      • JK says:

        Most of my friends and I all speak at least three languages fluently ‘without accent’ as far as I can tell. One of our friends speaks 9 languages almost fluently!

        When I lived in Edinburgh, I spoke with Edinburgh accent, in Galway, Galway accent, in London, London accent, in Singapore, Singapore accent and so on and so forth. I now live in Spain, I speak with local accent. I think for me personally, it’s because as a kid, I suffered a lot of racist abuse and bullying and, although I couldn’t change the way I looked, I learned to quickly sound like the local people and try to go unnoticed. Kind of a survival mechanism.

        My accent changes depending on where I live and who I am talking to. It’s quite unintentional.

      • Esmom says:

        Emm, One of my husband’s friends spent part of his childhood in Chicago and part of it in rural Kentucky. He usually speaks with a neutral sounding midwest accent but when he gets together with his brothers, who all stayed in the south, he develops a very thick southern accent. And then snaps back when he’s back in Chicago again.

    • M4lificent says:

      Just as with languages, if most people learn an accent before adolescence, they can fully “imprint” and speak multiple languages/dialects as a native. I can’t speak to Gillian’s British accent, but her Midwestern American accent sounds completely native to me. (A linguistic might catch something I don’t). There isn’t even any of the “oh, that vowel sound was just ever so slightly off” that you get from actors with really good accent work.

      She doesn’t speak with a noticeable “Great Lakes” dialect that you would get around Detroit/Lower Peninsular or Chicago. But that can also depend on socioeconomic status, education, exact location, family background, etc. My parents were raised three neighborhoods away from each other in Chicago, and had noticeably different accents. And most actors are taught to remove that accent and genericize to a standard Midwestern “newscaster” accent.

      • Emm says:

        It’s funny you say that because I was born and raised in the Great Lakes area and have moved all around Lake Michigan in all states but Wisconsin. I feel like I have no accent and like you said, the newscaster accent but people have asked if I’m from MI when I’m down south. My relatives in other parts of the Great Lakes sound southern, some have that Saturday night live Chicago accent and some sound like me. I remember when I was younger thinking I sounded like everyone on tv so why doesn’t everyone else lol.

      • M4lificent says:

        @Emm. I’ve lived in “accentless” Colorado for @25 years — so I can hear my own Chicago accent now. And people frequently mention it, although mine actually isn’t that strong (raised in the ‘burbs, went to college). It’s funny how all of the particulars can make a difference.

        I also have a little overlay of Upper Midwest. My dad’s parents were from Scandinavia, and my grandmother’s American hometown is in northern Wisconsin, so my dad was partially raised there. And I used to live in Minnesota. So, I have a flat Chicago “A” and a bit of a round Minnesota “O”. I’ve chatted with linguists who have commented that my accent is a bit of a mish-mash.

      • cer says:

        I was raised in suburban Chicago and never thought I had an accent until Dad was transferred here to SW Ohio, where my classmates noticed it. I get it back when I go home to visit my sister, who never moved.
        I had a coworker who was raised in SW Ohio, married a man from rural Minnesota, and moved there with him, for a few years. He had no noticeable accent, but she picked up the ‘Fargo’ accent, and didn’t lose it until several years after returning here to Ohio.

    • FilmTurtle says:

      John Barrowman had a similar upbringing to Gillian; born in Scotland, moved to the U.S. when he was eight or nine, where he was mocked for his accent like Gillian was. So he developed a general American accent and kept it when he moved back to the U.K. as a young adult. But if you follow him on social media and interviews, he’ll often switch back to his Scottish accent for a gag (he’s very extra).

      • Jenn says:

        He IS very extra! I only know about bidialectalism because of him. (There’s a delightful clip out there of Barrowman and his sister on a morning talk show, lapsing in and out of their Scottish brogues together.)

        His American accent, meanwhile, is specifically “Chicagoland ‘burbs.” I remember, ten years ago or more, seeing an Internet commenter write on an IMDb messageboard that Barrowman’s was “the worst American accent [he’d] ever heard,” which was screamingly funny to me.

      • FilmTurtle says:

        @Jenn Barrowman would probably adore a comment like that.

      • Jenn says:

        @FilmTurtle Yup, I think he’d roar with laughter.

  6. Cafecito says:

    Viejo loco, ya ignórenlo

  7. Midge says:

    Why is he doing this while driving?!

    • Julie says:

      He’s a vlogger now. He’ll be posting a mukbang from the local Dominos soon. And if you don’t get the reference, I want to say well done for managing to never find and hate watch the most obnoxious woman on youtube, Trisha Paytas.

    • lucy2 says:

      I really, really hate when people do that, it’s incredibly reckless. Park your car. Be safe.

      • FilmTurtle says:

        Have you seen that video clip of a woman DRIVING A CAR while petting her sad adopted dog AND also filming at the same time? It goes viral periodically because it makes people cry. But how is she mf’ing driving and filming and petting the dog? All I can think is that she’s going to crash any moment. Ugh.

  8. Ann says:

    Lol the Spanglish is, how you say, hilarious!

  9. Mer says:

    Doesn’t Alec Baldwin quit social media in a fit of pique a few times a month? This guy’s more dramatic than I was in middle school. Good lord, grow up.

  10. Tracey says:

    Gillian Anderson has spoken in past interviews about being raised in GB and developing her British accent. When her family returned to the US, she was teased unmercifully for her accent. So she said she worked very hard to speak more like her classmates. That’s really all there is to it.

  11. turbunguin says:

    I grew up on two continents and have an American accent when speaking with Americans and my… “other” accent when speaking with non-Americans. The American accent came first, but it is the other accent that developped / comes more naturally. However, when I moved back to the U.S., I was mocked for the other accent and so made a conscious effort to recapture that American accent to fit in. Now it’s completely unconscious situational switching between the two; I don’t have control over it. When I try to do the other when in American mode, I sound ridiculous–and vice versa.

    • kaw1204 says:

      I was born in Jamaica and came to America when I was a 8. I was mocked relentlessly for my deep, country accent and as a result, worked very hard to Americanize my English to the point where, I do not have a regional American accent. But when I go back to Jamaica or spend a long period of time immersed with my Jamaican family, it’s like I’ve never left. If you speak the same language, the accents to that language are easily interchangeable. I think if the language is different, more thought has to go into it, so it’s not as easy. Hilaria had to put a lot of thought into it.

      • Margot says:

        Seems like a recurring theme in the comments here that people were mocked for their accents growing up and actively worked to change them. I’m sorry to hear that.

        My mother is American and father is Canadian, and I remember being teased about the way I say a couple of words in my Canadian elementary school. It wasn’t anything major, but when I saw “cauliflower” or “pecan” as an adult, I feel a twinge of self consciousness. I imagine it would be really difficult feeling that way about every word.

        Accents (and differences) are wonderful and we should embrace them! Unless they’re fake ones and you lied about your whole backstory (ahem, Hilaria).

  12. Aang says:

    Wait! There are people out there who have never watched the x-files? My gen Z kids watched the entire 9 seasons and loved it! Btw I turn on my “Rez” accent when I’m back visiting family. I think that’s totally normal.

  13. Nev says:

    They are definitely ticky ticky boom boom!!!

  14. Renee says:

    He’s posting a 10 minute video in his car to get away from his crazy wife and all those kids.

  15. Keri, says:

    This guy and his wife are lying clowns who refuse to admit the jig is up. They’re both addicted to the attention and social media. No way he or she will be quitting social media permanently. I give it less than 6 months before he’s publicly posting and ranting again.

    Gillian Anderson’s childhood was spent in London. She and her family moved there when she was an infant and didn’t return to the US until she was 11 years old. She actually lived in London during her formative years. I can buy that she’s bidialectal. Hilaria the grifter? Not so much.

  16. Amy Bee says:

    All this complaining about the US does this mean that he and Hillary will be moving to Spain soon?

  17. Cee says:

    Dios, qué pendejo.

    In all realness, didn’t Gillian interpret a BRITISH person? For a role? For which she was compensated for and signed a contract? Unless Alec here is saying Hillary de Boston did the same thing…

    • Jayna says:

      Gillian will speak with a bit of a British accent in interviews in England, and here it’s her American accent. The difference is she was raised in England until 11, but, more importantly, Gillian makes her home in England and has for a very long time. Plus, most of her roles are British roles. Surrounded by Brits day in and day out, with children who have a British accent, I can see how she slips into that when doing a chatty interview over there. It’s very natural for her to do. Plus, she’s never exaggerated or outright lied or attempted to mislead anyone about how and where she grew up. That isn’t even remotely comprable to Hilaria.

  18. CoffeChamp says:

    Me thinks Alec is struggling with Hillary’s deception and is, how do you say… deflecting?

  19. OriginalLeigh says:

    I know a lot of people who grew up in the Caribbean and now live in the U.S. who switch accents all the time depending on whom they have recently been speaking with. For lack of a better way of explaining it, the accents of the people they have most recently interacted with basically rub off and causes them to revert back to their original accent. So it makes total sense to me that a British person like Gillian who has lived in the U.S. for decades would be bidialectal. But it makes zero sense that someone like Hillaria/Hillary, who was born in the U.S. to American born parents, and has never lived abroad for any significant amount of time would be bidialectal.

  20. JEM says:

    Kaiser, you deserve a Pulitzer for these posts. Comedy gold! Excelente!

  21. Lunasf17 says:

    Lol! Does Alec know that you can quit social media without making a big announcement about quitting? Also Hillary’s face is currently not the one she had a few years back in this photo. Do whatever you want to your face but it’s sad how she went from a natural, unique beauty to the generic, stretched Botox-y look every trophy wife has these days. Why is that the look everyone wants now? It’s like a poor man’s kardashian. I just don’t get why that’s an improvement.

  22. Case says:

    Alec quits social media once a month lol, and his argument makes no sense. There’s a difference between genuinely living in the US and UK and a Bostonian vacationing in Spain. I studied abroad in England and try to get back there when I can, as I love it and feel a sense of belonging there. But I don’t speak with an English accent, ya know? Lol. I get that Hillary loves Spain and feels a closeness to it, but that doesn’t make her Spanish.

  23. Amelie says:

    I have a friend who is like Gillian, though Gillian is more bidialectical than my friend. My friend grew up in Massachusetts but both of her parents are originally from the UK. So she grew up listening to her parents’ British accents saying things like Mum and what not. As soon as she graduated from college, she moved to London. Now when she comes to the US to visit, her natural American accent is tinged with Britishisms. It’s so weird to listen to. It’s not fully British but it isn’t fully American either. It’s a mix of the two and not fully one or the other.

  24. AppleTart says:

    Alec was just doing what he always does, try to make a flippant joke out of it. Which is why he went on SNL each time he attacked a person. Everyone has a good laugh and moves on. Didn’t work this time.

  25. Roo says:

    Well, Alec. Maybe the US is uptight, stressed-out and unpleasant right now because we’re dealing with a pandemic?? Over 500k people have died, our current administration is fighting an uphill battle to get vaccines out, and huge states like Texas have said, “no biggie. Wear a mask or not…they’re optional, like electricity and water during a snowstorm.” People have lost loved ones, jobs and homes. Not all of us can life a life of privilege, you idiotic baboon.

  26. lucy2 says:

    This is like the 8th or 9th “Alec Baldwin is leaving twitter!” announcement within a few years. Some advice for Alec as he, a grown ass 62 year old man, acts this way.

    1 – Get over yourself.
    2 – If you need time away from social media, take it. Quietly. No one cares. No one will panic that you haven’t posted in a few hours. Most likely no one will notice.
    3 – “America” is not to blame for your problems.
    4 – Do not come for Dana Scully. Gillian has a totally legit reason for accent and, to my knowledge, has never gotten a spray tan to make her kids talk about skin tone prejudice on instagram.
    5 – Don’t drive distracted. It’s dumb and reckless.
    6 – A therapist might be a good idea.

  27. Miranda says:

    Yeah, hi, degree in Linguistic Anthropology here. What Gillian Anderson did is called code switching, and it’s very common and natural for people who were raised in or who have spent a great deal of time in more than one culture. For example, I’m a half-Puerto Rican New Yorker, and despite being educated at a private school and studying linguistics, and cultivating a somewhat neutral accent because of that, when I’m with the Puerto Rican side of my family, I turn into Rosie Perez. I have a Desi friend from college who is a born-and-bred Valley Girl, but around her family, her speech becomes more lilting and she even takes on a sort of head-nodding and lolling that you often see in people from the subcontinent. This is not a conscious act. Most people don’t even realize when they do it (and some even flat-out deny it).

    Also, the more you think about it, the more you realize that maybe the reason Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression was so effective is because he shares the same bratty personality.

  28. Kfg says:

    I have a southern accent but I’ve learned to not speak with it because it’s not the most polished accent. People do it alot.

  29. Sandra says:

    Doesn’t Jennifer Ehle (she of the ONLY Pride & Prejudice film that matters) do this too? She was raised in both countries. Actually raised. Not perpetuating a lie that she was.

  30. Catwoman says:

    For someone who successfully puts on a costume and acts like Trump certainly has a lot of the same personality characteristics as Trump. Both are whiny baby cyber bullies who can’t take criticism or be told no. It’s uncanny really.

  31. Sofia in TX says:

    Grew up bilingual in the U.S. and also in two socioeconomic/cultural environments and a couple of different regions (West Coast and Texas). My code-switching is all over the place with at least two accent variations for each language. It happens automatically, and my mother will absolutely call me out when she hears me speaking “posh” Spanish to my son. It’s a mish-mashed mess, so I completely relate to Gillian here.

  32. TIffany says:

    As an American whose family history was involuntarily brought to this country, I am truly, truly embarrassed by people like Alec and his ilk. And just angry that white people are successful just in general.

    American, is not a language or an accent or a culture. Colonization is the reason English is considered the primary language her. Every tribe of Native Americans will have their own language and would be speaking it to this day if not for white people. Period. Full stop.

    So it has nothing to do with culture Alec, as you, as a white person have none. The only difference is your crazy wife knew that and latched on to a country that does. Look up Cultural appropriation, Jack. Ask Tina about it if you still need help.

  33. Valerie says:

    God, where to start with this? I think for my mental health, I just won’t.

  34. Juju says:

    Stop having kids dude. You’re in your 60s. You’ll probably die of old age while all your kids are in their teens.

  35. Sparky says:

    Even if Gillian Anderson was 100% straight up British born and raised and she was just goofing around with the American accent, there remains a huge difference between her and Hilaria. Baldwin flat out told lie after lie after lie and insisted she was something she wasn’t. Anderson didn’t and hasn’t.

  36. Coji says:

    If Hilaria slipped into a Spanish accent when on Spain or after being with Spanish people for a while it wouldn’t be a big deal. Lots of people do that to a mild degree when around other people with a different accent. But doing it in the US surrounded by people speaking her native language? No, not at all the same. Alec is lying to himself if he thinks it’s the same thing.

  37. Jules says:

    My mother-in-law is from the Deep South but spent a good chunk of her life in the Midwest. Most of the time she speaks with a “standard” American accent, but when she becomes angry she reverts to southern. She has little control over this as she came by it honestly.

  38. Sarah says:

    I had an English accent until I was four and we moved back to Canada. My Canadian accent is my “real” one but I can imitate my mother’s accent pretty effortlessly.

  39. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Que precioso bebe.

  40. Shasha says:

    I don’t know if this is being bidialectal or code switching, but in my day-to-day life, I have a standard flat TV-news style American accent, and then when I’m around my family, I have the working class New York accent that we all grew up with. This also comes along with grammar changes. I would feel awkward saying something like “she sez to me” in other situations, just like I would feel awkward talking in a flat accent around my family.

    I don’t consciously or purposely change it, but I do notice when it changes and it feels like the most natural thing in the world. What would feel more unnatural is limiting myself to one way of speaking all the time no matter what situation I’m in.

  41. Godwina says:

    Do NOT drag Gillian into this, you sticky doorknob.

  42. Lightpurple says:

    So, Hillary Baldwin’s accents would be what? Beacon Hill Boston and West End Boston? Or was she on the other side of the hill and it’s Beacon Hill/Back Bay? Or does she cross the Common entirely for Beacon Hill/Chinatown?

  43. Helena says:

    I’m here for Kaiser’s bidialectal shade 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  44. Jayna says:

    Alec never fails to disappoint. Quiting Twitter again. He’ll be back. It is a useful tool for promoting his podcast.

    And he’s all zen in this video. LOL Alec’s life will always have chaos in it. It will go quiet for a while. It actually went quiet for quite a while. But then, bam, something happens.

    Some people say this marriage will implode. I disagreed. After watching this video, I think I’m right. These two are two peas in a pod. He isn’t faking it. He supports everytning about the Spanish fakeness and sees it “their” way and is angry about the reaction. He is the one who used all of his connections and fame to get her gigs and would be in interviews with her a lot. And I believe he’s absolutely fine having all of these kids. I do believe he is very happy in his life with her and the children. He loves her, and I do think she makes his life full. I could tell that on a Howard Stern show interview he did last year. And I don’t believe she will ever dump him. He gives her a nice life. He’s famous. He loves her. She loves him.
    She has six kids and he’s their father. She’s 37. They’ve lasted this long and his temperment hasn’t destroyed the relationship. She must know how to deal with him.

    And these Alec eruptions will continue to happen from time to time, sometimes close together , sometimes far apart. He’s never going to change, never. As said, he’s 61. If he hasn’t as of this time, it’s never going to happen. The temper tamtrums will continue on.

    Any bets on when he goes back to Twitter? I give it two months. I would say a month, but I believe he will hang on two months before caving. He doesn’t want to give the “haters” a laugh with him being back on so soon.

    • lucy2 says:

      I bet he’s back in a week or two, craving the attention.
      I agree they’re probably in it for the long haul. They seem well suited to each other, and I don’t say that as a compliment.

    • YazIr says:

      I had a giant Twitter blow out w friends who insist on forcing our county to re-open restaurants despite high cases.
      I thought they sounded like capitol rioters & posted as much.
      I got so much hate in a OOC thread…I’m embarrassed to have participated but I didn’t film a big thing about quitting.

      Is Alec THAT important?

  45. Ann says:

    I love both these actors. Gillian Andersen is from Chicago and she can talk any way she wants. I bet they’ll do something funny together after all this. I’m happy for Alec and his family.

    • Jayna says:

      I don’t listen to many podcasts. Those that I do usually center around music or the arts. In many podcasts sometimes there’s too much talking over the interviewee. I listen to Alec’s podcast occasionally. He listens. He really loves the arts, all kinds, and he really has so many great questions and conversations with the artist. He’s truly interested and informed and prepared for a great conversational interview. I just listened to his Barry Gibb one today because I’m home sick. It was so, so good. It made me want to revisit Barry’s music and the group’s music. Barry shared so much.

      He has one with a lunch with Barbra Streisand, and that’s another one I want to listen to. the promo sounds like such a great New York City conversation about music, food.

      I love Gillian.

  46. Georgia Lee says:

    Alec always gets a pass. It’s absurd. Maybe it’s because he’s actually talented and charitable.

    But his wife?! I mean, everyone in the world thinks she’s a joke. She didn’t give AF about cultural appropriation (as evidenced by that non-apology), and now she’s turning her children’s lives into The Truman Show. She’s the definition of “toxic positivity.” I feel bad for those kids.

    Gillian is an A-plus human and star.