‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Camilla Luddington Learned This Essential Skill When She Portrayed Kate Middleton

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Camilla Luddington Learned This Essential Skill When She Portrayed Kate Middleton

Camilla Luddington is well-known for her position as Dr. Jo Karev on ABC’s hit collection Grey’s Anatomy. On the present since Season 9, the British-born actress is ready to masks her English accent to talk like somebody who’s lived within the United States since delivery.

Pre-Grey’s, Luddington’s dialect got here in helpful when she landed the a part of Kate Middleton within the 2011 Lifetime film William & Kate.

“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Camilla Luddington | Gilles Mingasson/ABC by way of Getty Images

Before Grey Sloan

The British actress had fairly an inventory of credit to her title earlier than she donned her lab coat for the ABC medical drama. According to People, Luddington performed Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, a prequel to the Jane Austen parody Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Grey’s star additionally had small roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Days of Our Lives.

The actress was additionally solid as a daily on the Showtime comedy-drama collection Californication in its fifth season, and in Season 5 of the HBO vampire drama True Blood.

People reported that Luddington has a number of issues in widespread with Middleton. They each come from the British county of Berkshire, and each ladies have a powerful school schooling. Middleton met future husband Prince William on the University of St. Andrews, and Luddington attended Oxford University.

Mixed opinions

When Luddington stopped by to have a chat with Conan O’Brien on his TBS speak present in 2014, the host introduced up her work within the Lifetime movie in regards to the Brits. “We don’t have Lifetime in England,” she defined. “They don’t understand that Lifetime movies are cheesy and guilty pleasures where you can have a bottle of wine with your girlfriends.”

When O’Brien requested how the TV film in regards to the Royal couple was obtained in England, the actress revealed that the consensus was lower than praiseworthy. “I knew I used to be screwed with the opinions earlier than it even got here out as a result of they had been evaluating it to the subsequent King’s Speech,” Luddington mentioned, referring to the 2010 Academy Award-winning movie starring Colin Firth, who earned an Oscar for the starring position. “They thought it was going to be a serious drama, maybe slightly controversial. And then it came out, and they were like ‘What is this?’… including my family.”

The Conan host requested her to elaborate on her household’s ideas of William & Kate, the place she selected her phrases fastidiously. “They thought it was interesting,” she shared. “I told them not to send me reviews, and they took great joy in sending me so many horrible reviews. They thought it was hysterically funny.”

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Though there have been naysayers, the TV flick truly received first rate props from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “We heard that Will and Kate did see the film — from an insider — and they loved it,” she advised Access Hollywood in 2011 after the Lifetime film aired.

Luddington additionally noticed an upside to the dangerous press, noting that the unfavourable opinions ended up rising their viewers. “What’s been great is that we’ve had so many people approach us and say, ‘We tuned in because we thought it would be the worst movie ever made, apparently, and we loved it!’” she revealed. “So I almost feel like the bad press sort of helped the people want to watch it and really tune in. So, it’s been great.”

Don’t know methods to curtsy? Ask Camilla

Luddington stopped by Today in 2018 to talk with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb proper across the time of the Royal marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Since Kotb and Gifford had been attending the famed nuptials, they requested if Luddington may give them some recommendations on methods to curtsy.

The Grey’s actress confirmed that she truly attended ‘Princess School’ to observe the methods of the Royals and revealed that she needed to be taught the gesture for her position within the Lifetime film.

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Luddington proceeded to present the co-hosts an illustration of the proper curtsy. “You have to keep your back really straight and then you cross your leg and then you get down as low as you can,” she instructed Kotb and Gifford. “It’s kind of hard. It’s a bit of a leg work out too.”

Though it’s uncertain she’ll ever use the Royal talent at Grey Sloan Memorial, Luddington is certain to treasure the reminiscence of her time as a princess.

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