The English actress has to play a lawyer who grew up in the Garden State
Martina Garretti, the heroine of CBS' upcoming new drama "Made in Jersey" (it debuts on Sept. 28) is a Garden State girl through and through. She comes from a big family in Clifton, and though she commutes across the Hudson every day to work as a junior associate at a fancy Manhattan law firm, she doesn't try to hide her accent, her days as a prosecutor in Trenton, or any of her other Jersey roots.
The actress playing Martina, on the other hand? She has quite a bit to hide, as CBS went way outside the state — outside the country, in fact — to cast English actress Janet Montgomery to play the role. Montgomery has played Americans before, most recently as a San Francisco jewel thief on FOX's "Human Target," but never as the lead of a show, and never in an accent made so famous by Carmela Soprano and the women of "Real Housewives of New Jersey."
I sat down with Montgomery at the television critics press tour last month to ask about what she's learned about the region, whom her accent is based on, and more.