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Jessica Chastain subconsciously speaks with Italian accent

The actress' boyfriend of four years is having more of an affect on her speech than she realised.

Actress Jessica Chastain has found herself subconsciously adopting an Italian accent after spending so much time with her European boyfriend.

The Help star has been dating Italian fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo since 2012, and she has gone out of her way to avoid discussing her private life in public.

However, the Sacramento, California native couldn't help but bring up her beau during a chat with at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday (11May16), after hearing herself drawing out her vowels as she inadvertently started to speak with a twang.

Asked directly by the reporter if she has an accent, Jessica referred to her forthcoming film Miss Sloane, in which she plays an outspoken gun-control lobbyist.

"Well, my last film was set in (Washington) D.C.," she said. "Do I sound like I'm from D.C.?"

When the interviewer shook her head no, Jessica suddenly realised where she had lifted her new sound from.

"Oh my God, my boyfriend!," the 39-year-old gasped. "He's Italian so he taalks liike this-uh (sic)."

"You know how if you spend a lot of time with someone you start talking like them? Four years!" she laughed.

As she continued on with the chat, Jessica noticed she was still slipping back into her Italian accent.

"Oh my God, I just heard myself do it there!" she smiled. "The problem with talking like that is I talk so slowly! He's very smart, and he sounds great, and it makes sense because he's Italian, but I probably don't sound so smart."

She then encouraged her assistant to point out her fluctuating speech in the future to help her flush out the habit, telling her, "Next time I do that, you have to tell me, 'You sound Italian.' And I'll switch to American."

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