Even movie stars look up to other movie stars, and such is the case with actor Matthew Rhys. Having risen to fame as Kevin Walker on Brothers and Sisters, he has solidified his career in television. And he has the veteran George Clooney to thank.
The 35-year-old Rhys told the World Entertainment News Network that he studied the voice of Clooney to audition for his part in the hit ABC drama. He probably wouldn't have perfected his American accent if he didn't listen Clooney's voice almost everyday.
It wasn't just for his Brothers and Sisters role, though it's the one Rhys is most known for. He's been using what he learned from "Clooney voice school" on all his U.S. roles. He was actually born in Wales, and has been educated in the Welsh language. But being an actor, he needed to have a bit of range in accents.
To get into Hollywood, Rhys studied tapes of his idol George Clooney. Every actor has their own style when it comes to preparing for their roles, and this was just Matthew Rhys' quirky way. It's both a Clooney tribute and a tip.
"For the audition of Brothers & Sisters, I listened and listened to George Clooney as much as possible," the Welsh actor told the publication. "If you're going to impersonate somebody, you might as well go to the top."
It seems to have worked pretty well for him, since he's landed quite a number of parts with the Clooney American accent. Other than his Brothers and Sisters popularity, he's also been known for Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? and the comedy Very Annie Mary. Rhys has also been noted for playing poet Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love, alongside Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller.
But despite all that, his character in the ABC drama still stands out, and one reason for that is getting inspired by George Clooney for it.