Actor Melissa George was accused of treason this week when she declared she would rather nibble on a croissant and sip espresso in Paris than return home to Australia to be constantly asked about the Home and Away character she played 20 years ago.
But it was when she ditched her Australian accent years ago the trouble really began.
Five years ago, PS caught up with George at the Melbourne Cup, and was quite taken aback by her haughty, almost regal mannerisms, failing to make eye contact as I asked questions, choosing to look into the distance somewhere above my left shoulder.
Then she opened her mouth.
Speaking in slow, modulated and very rounded vowels, she sounded more like Margaret Thatcher than Angel from Summer Bay.
Since then, she has appeared in one of her most critically acclaimed roles in the ABC's adaptation of The Slap, which was her return to Australian television drama.
According to George, the producers had to hire a dialect coach to help get back her Australian accent, ''having lived in America for 14 years''.
To be fair, George is not the only Australian showbiz export who, for whatever reason, has attempted to distance herself from her antipodean roots by acquiring a more ''international'' accent.
George has a mild case of the Elle Macphersons in this regard.
The Body trades on her beach-loving Aussie-ness but, having met the supermodel several times over the years, it became apparent long ago she lost her Cronulla accent in the 1990s somewhere in the first-class cabin of a 747 bound for Paris.
Last week, British gossip website Popbitch reported Macpherson got into a lift at a London charity event recently and was asked by a fellow passenger how she was doing. She reportedly responded: ''Soory. Englis velly bed.''
Well, excuesee mwhaah!
Perhaps her original accent is resting unloved not too far from where Kylie Minogue lost hers.
The former Neighbours star started to sound more like Joan Collins than Charlene from Ramsay Street years ago, yet her sister, Dannii, who has lived in Britain for a comparable period, has retained her Australian accent, flattened vowels and all.
Hot young Australian acting export Callan McAuliffe was dubbed GQ Australia's ''breakthrough'' star of the year on Tuesday night.
But when the northern beaches-born-and-raised 17-year-old took to the stage, he sounded more like Sean Connery than a grommet from Narrabeen.
''I gueshh I'm jussht very malleable right now,'' the affable teen told PS, admitting I was not the first person to ask him about his odd accent.
Nicole Kidman's accent seems to fluctuate depending on which time zone she's in. On US chat shows, she sounds very American but when she is home, she reverts to ''our Nic'', though the jet-lagged star's recent trip to Melbourne for the races had her sounding all over the shop.
British-born Olivia Newton-John emigrated to Australia from Britain when she was six and has lived in the US for more than 40 years, yet she still sounds like Sandy D in Grease.
For other Australian celebrities, their accent has held them back.
Cathy Freeman's sporting prowess is undeniable, but she has never been able to fully capitalise on corporate endorsements because advertising executives believe her accent is too broad. In the current Coles television campaign she barely utters a word, leaving the talking to studly chef Curtis Stone.
Model Megan Gale's endearingly Aussie accent was almost unrecognisable in a recent commercial for French cosmetics company L'Oreal, causing a stir when the shampoo ad first appeared.
Gale had to publicly deny her voice had been dubbed, even going on live radio to read out the script to prove it.