SHE'S ROYALTY - NOT
The blonde English actress was often mistaken for a British aristocrat in Los Angeles. The 29-year-old told GQ: "People in LA think I'm so posh. For a long time when I attended meetings in the US, people thought I lived in Downton Abbey. I could do anything and they'd curtsy when I'd walked in the room - which I enjoyed."
Despite playing Jane Seymour in Season 3 of US TV series The Tudors, Wallis is still a relative newcomer to movies, having had only tiny parts in Body Of Lies (2008) and X-Men: First Class (2011). Playing the lead in Annabelle, opening here tomorrow, should put her on the map as it did with some other Hollywood A-listers. (See report on right.)
A VOCAL CHAMELEON
Wallis is gifted when it comes to faking different accents, a skill she picked up as a child. "It's easy because I grew up in Lisbon and I went to an international school. There were 42 different nationalities in my year, so I grew up using accents so that people could better understand me."
The single actress, once linked to US actor/singer Jared Leto, found her maternal instincts as she played a young mother in Annabelle. "When you have a baby on set, everybody's energy changes. You know you have a life that's far more important than yours and what's going on around you."
SHE'S A FASHIONISTA
Earlier this year, Wallis was asked to share with Vogue.co.uk readers details of what she wore every day for a month. Judging from the photos, the actress, who has just earned a leading role opposite Armie Hammer in Mine, could be a model or fashion stylist should she consider a career switch.
This article was first published on October 01, 2014.
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