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Diane Kruger: I can be blunt

Diane Kruger wonders whether her accent helped her land a role playing someone with Asperger syndrome.

The straight-talking German actress stars in upcoming American police drama The Bridge, which debuts on the FX channel on July 10.

In the series Diane plays Sonya Cross, a detective on the US side of a murder investigation between El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico.

Diane's character suffers from Asperger syndrome, a disorder which can present itself in peculiar use of language.

The multi-lingual star admitted she has questioned the reasons she was cast in the role over other actresses.

"I wouldn't go that far," Diane replied to the latest US edition of Esquire about whether the disorder contained similarities with the German accent. "But all of my life, people have told me I'm very direct and can come across as blunt. There are some things where I'm like, ‘This character - of course they wanted to cast me.’"

The 36-year-old's unique sounding voice contains elements of French, British, German and American dialect. This is due to Diane splitting her time between Germany and London aged six, when she started studying ballet at the Royal Academy. By the time she was 15, Diane was living in Paris and New York as her modelling career took off.

"Then modelling became boring, so I went to drama school in Paris. In French. Think of learning English through Shakespeare," she explained about her language education.

In the last 20 years Diane has continued to move from place to place through work. The blonde beauty has a home in Los Angeles with her partner actor Joshua Jackson, but makes regular trips to Paris to fulfil her need to do French film as well as Hollywood blockbusters.

"I've got commitment phobia," Diane finished.

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