Odd couple siblings Kate, played by Dakota Johnson, and Ben, played by Nat Faxon, in the comedy “Ben and Kate.”
Odd couple siblings Kate, played by Dakota Johnson, and Ben, played by Nat Faxon, in the comedy “Ben and Kate.”

Nat Faxon grew up in the Bay State, but he doesn’t fit the Hollywood stereotype: He’s not from Southie and doesn’t speak with a Boston accent. In fact, Faxon, one of the stars of the new Fox comedy “Ben and Kate” (and the

Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Descendants”), told Conan O’Brien he sometimes minimizes his Massachusetts roots. Why?

Because he’s from Manchester-by-the-Sea,

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and that sounds kind of snooty. “It’s a really beautiful town, but there’s nothing super tough about it,” Faxon told O’Brien, himself a Brookline native. “Because it’s got, like, four hyphens in the name.” So instead of saying he’s from Manchester-by-the-Sea, Faxon joked that he sometimes says “Gloucester adjacent” or “North Shore” or “Danvers.”