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,
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.”