The following feature appears in the October 2016 issue of NYLON.
In the past few years, Swedish-British actress Rebecca Ferguson has played both the would-be queen of 15th-century England and an elusive, neck-snapping spy. But for her part in this fall’s hotly anticipated romantic mystery The Girl on the Train, sounding like an American presented a fresh challenge. “I’ve never done [that] accent before, which was scary,” the 33-year-old actress admits. And despite a “potpourri” heritage, as she puts it, and a schedule that takes her around the globe, Ferguson had yet to travel to New York for more than two days before she moved to the East Coast to shoot the film. “I loved living in New York,” she says. “I managed to get there three or four weeks before shooting just to try to throw myself into it: the tempo, the energy, and the accent.”
Ferguson grew up in Stockholm, and started her acting career on a popular Swedish soap opera and then several Swedish films before landing her role as the title character in the 2013 BBC and Starz miniseries The White Queen, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. That led to her breakout role in last year’s Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, where she played Ilsa Faust, an undercover MI6 agent who goes punch for punch with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt.
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