The moment Badison appeared on my TV screen, I thought to myself, Wow, this girl was either born and raised in Boston, or she's been studying Mark Wahlberg monologues for her entire life. Neither of which are correct, by the way, which is why you can imagine my feeling of surprise upon hearing Fuller's natural, California-born voice equipped with plenty of R's during our conversation. She explained that she "focused every moment" she could on researching the accent. One of her favorite accent inspirations: Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone. Ryan, combined with a whole lot of YouTube videos and crew members from Boston, helped Fuller nail the accent.
"We have YouTube. We have people, real people, videoing themselves all the time, and putting it on the internet for everyone to see. I used those sound bites, and just had them in my ears all the time," she explained. "It's funny because that accent is a touchy subject. Because it's so bold, but there's a lot of Bostonians that are like, 'That's not what we sound like,' and it's true. There are a lot of people from Boston that don't sound anything like her. But there are also some people from Boston that do, in certain areas, and I have the proof of it. She also has kind of an obnoxious personality, so you combine that with the accent and it's a lot. But that's who she was, and I had to say, 'F*ck it,' and go for it."
She added, "We had some crew members from Boston on the show, and they were my champions. They knew I was uneasy about the whole thing, because it's terrifying." Fuller said the crew members would reassure her of how she sounded and share stories about people they knew who had the same accent, which definitely helped. "I don't tend to play such bold characters, so it was just really fun."