We recently caught up with Swedish sensation, actress Sofie G about her inspirations growing up and her exciting plans for the future. Here is what she had to share with the readers:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?
I grew up in a small city in Sweden and acting has always been my passion, my dream and my goal. I didn’t have many opportunities for acting growing up, as people in my city were more into sports. I would dress up as funny characters, knights and princesses and perform for my parents and brothers. Every time we had a chance to perform in school, I was the first to volunteer. When I was 14 years old I had a role in a play, performing for the whole school and I just loved everything about it. Since then, I have always been 100% sure about what I wanted to do with my life. During high school I took acting classes, but it was after my graduation, that I really had the chance to pursue my dream of acting.
I have always been very active and productive and I know the best thing to do is to always prepare for a role and work with a committed director. Everyone is aware that this is a tough industry, but I think it’s worth it. It is hard to explain why, but it’s a strong feeling inside of me that tells me that this is what I need to do. This is my passion and if I didn’t have the chance to perform I would be really depressed. I learn so much all the time as an actress like: psychology, history, culture, everything and feel I am growing as a person all the time. I can’t imagine doing anything other than acting. However, if I had to choose anything else, it would still be within the film industry such as directing. Now I have also started to produce my own productions as well. My main profession is acting, that’s why I always have a role in my films or stage plays.
What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
From the beginning it was about having fun. I have felt since we only have one life, then I want to choose a profession that I know is fun! Acting has always been my choice, but now it’s about so much more than just having fun. I prefer roles and scripts that can get the audiences to feel moved in some way and it’s wonderful if they want to discuss the theme or plot in the production afterwards. I like to combine drama and comedy with an important theme or subject. When I was younger I had an internship at a big theater in Sweden. They were performing Crime and Punishment by Fjodor Dostojevskij and Joel Kinneman was playing one of the lead roles. I saw their performance many times and I was so into the story and all of the characters’ lives. Joel was so real that I couldn’t even feel it was acting. After seeing and understanding the characters struggle and pain, I understand that I have been so lucky to grown up in a small safe city, in a good home. After that, I was sure that I wanted to do the same for other people and use my acting to tell stories that are strong and can hopefully make a difference and help people to get a better understanding about life.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I have 4 years of classic and traditional acting training in Sweden, mostly with Stanislavski’s acting technique, classes from the university as well as different acting schools. I have also done workshops and some private coaching.
During the autumn of 2013, I met two acting coaches Lorrie and Dianne Hull from Los Angeles, who transformed my work as an actress. They teach Lee Strasberg´s method and the aim is to make the work personal and to access the human in the character. It contributes to making the performance both present and real. I continue to still take private one on one classes with them whenever I have the chance. You can never stop learning!
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I have been lucky enough to portray so many strong, complex and interesting characters. My most recent role playing Lina from The Gangsters is often my favorite. . The story behind this character is: Two years ago, I played Thelma, in a scene from the comedy Thelma and Louise. I had not seen the film back then, but I just loved the script and thought it was so funny, with complex roles for women to portray. After our performances, we got very good feedback from the people in the class. Then I saw the film and as you all know, it’s a wonderful movie. I also saw in a documentary that some men got pretty upset when this movie came out 1991. Why? Because it was two female leads shooting a man. I think that’s very interesting, that some things are more acceptable for a male character to do, compared to what female characters are allowed to do. That is something that has triggered me to write my own films and show that we can the same kind of scenes and roles.
What I liked with Thelma (played by the incredible Geena Davis) is that she is changing during the script. From being a depressed housewife, to being a free spirit, that also shows her humor and sexuality. She has many layers and needs as a human being, as well. That is also the one that gets them in trouble. It includes drama, comedy, action and I have been looking for a role like this, however, it’s not easy to find them, especially for a woman. That’s why I have started to do my own productions, so I can show that I am also able to do these types of roles as well. This summer I met a Danish talented actress and I decided to write a script for us, inspired by Thelma and Louise. It’s called “The Gangsters” and is a comedy and a road movie as well. It starts in Gothenburg, Sweden and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark. My character Lina is bored with her life and wants some action to happen. They decide to steal a car and then some of the same problems, follow even worse than they could ever expect. It’s currently in post production now and I can’t wait to see it. It’s a film with 3 actresses and we had so much fun doing this film. We also hope this film will be submitted to some festivals as well.
What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your career so far?
This summer I was acting in a Swedish feature that I am not allowed to say so too much about, but the lead in the film is an animal that will be animated. It was a really fun and a good challenge! Two years ago, I was in a play in Sweden called “It Will Hurt”(Det kommer göra ont). It was about 5 girls and we called ourselves “SIWensemble”. The director wanted us to stage out experiences with the theme ”our first times”. We had stories like: the first time we had sex, the first time we got our period etc. We did monologues, dialogues and also some movement to music. I was amazed how strong our performances were. It became a big success after the first show and the audience was moved, so we felt we did something important. After one of our first performances a woman pulled me aside afterwards and told me “You are talking about things in this play, that no one else does, I recognized myself in so many scenes. Thank you so much for being so honest and sharing this story with us”.
After that I knew why I was doing this. It’s not just about me and my own ego, but I can do this to inspire and maybe also help others from feeling lonely. We shared fragments from our lives to the audience, and I feel now that I have found a platform to speak out and tell real stories about real people which is amazing!
What projects do you have coming up?
I have many productions that are in post production now, which is really exciting. They will be coming out soon. I have been in many short films, features, commercials and even a TV show. I have also been told that one of the TV shows I was in will be screening on the Cartoon Network/ Adult swim next year. I am writing a feature film with Swedish director Alexander Lönn, who currently lives in Los Angeles. This is my first time I am writing a feature and I plan on shooting it in the Summer of 2018. I have also been cast for some roles that will be shooting 2017 in LA, which I am very excited about.
Who would you most like to work with?
Alejandro G. Iñárritu is one of the directors that I would love to work with. When I saw Birdman I was really inspired by his work and all the good acting in it and also how he used the camera as well. The long takes with scenes that continued in different locations and rooms, that’s a dream I have. I would also never say no to working with Leonardo Di Caprio either (laughs)! I loved The Great Gatsby, Django and The Revenant. I hope that they one day they will do another Great Gatsby film. I am all for that!
What are your plans for the future?
I want to continue doing more international productions and plan on moving to Los Angeles to continue with the next step in my career. I am ready for that!! I want to start a platform for filmmaking were we are focusing on equal rights, between men and women in the film industry, so we can have the chance to portray the same types of roles that men often do. We don’t need to be the ideal woman, I just want to see more people looking and behaving like real people in films, while still being able to entertain and be interesting. My start has been producing my own films and I know I am not alone at thinking this way. The industry is changing and we are seeing more and more good female parts. I am really happy to be a part of this.