Hollywood star Colin Firth didn’t impress in-laws

Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 08:50 AM IST

London: Actor Colin Firth learned Italian to impress his now-wife Livia Giuggioli’s parents because they weren’t initially keen on him dating their daughter.

The ‘King`s Speech’ star married film producer Giuggioli in 1997 and admits one of the main reasons why he learned to speak her native Italian was a desperate bid to win over her mother and father, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"Her parents warmed up. I mean, taking a stab at their language, you know, I had to do an awful lot to convince them that I was good material for their daughter. Because I had a lot of strikes against me. I was 10 years older nearly, English, didn`t speak the language," he said.

"I mean, the list really does get very, very bad so I had to fix the language. It was one thing I could deal with and, you know, there`s nothing like communicating with people in their own tongue," he added.