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Noomi Rapace Talks ‘Animal Rescue’ & ‘Child 44’ With Tom Hardy, Tommy Wirkola's 'Monday?' & Much More

Photo of Jessica Kiang By Jessica Kiang | The Playlist December 6, 2013 at 2:44PM

These last few years have been a wild ride for Noomi Rapace, but sitting down to talk with her at the Marrakech Film Festival this week, we found her refreshingly down to earth, giving the impression of someone who is fully aware of the lucky hand she’s been dealt and is not afraid to work hard to stay so lucky. Of course it was the Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy that originally saw Rapace break out internationally, and since then one of the things that has characterized her career has been her tendency to work again with people she has collaborated with before. So over the brief span of four years she did “Dead Man Down” for ‘Dragon Tattoo’ director Niels Arden Oplev, has two projects with Tom Hardy in the can, two with Mathias Schoenaerts and hopes to reteam with Ridley Scott for the mooted “Prometheus 2.”
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These last few years have been a wild ride for Noomi Rapace, but sitting down to talk with her at the Marrakech Film Festival this week, we found her refreshingly down to earth, giving the impression of someone who is fully aware of the lucky hand she’s been dealt and is not afraid to work hard to stay so lucky. Of course it was the Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy that originally saw Rapace break out internationally, and since then one of the things that has characterized her career has been her tendency to work again with people she has collaborated with before. So over the brief span of four years she did “Dead Man Down” for ‘Dragon Tattoo’ director Niels Arden Oplev, has two projects with Tom Hardy in the can, two with Mathias Schoenaerts and hopes to reteam with Ridley Scott for the mooted “Prometheus 2.” 

With the actress in town as part of the impressive delegation representing Scandinavian filmmaking (including Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Tomas Alfredson, Bille August and Tobias Lindholmour interview here—among others) we spoke with Ms. Rapace about these and other projects, her impeccable work ethic and the importance for her of maintaining recurring relationships with actors and directors. But first, we had to ask, because we nearly didn’t recognize her, about her hair.

"I'm not really seduced by money or fame, I'm not doing movies because of a paycheck or to become a celebrity."

So you’re a blonde now?
Ha, yes. I did a movie this year called “Child 44” with Tom Hardy, and we play Russians. I bleached my eyebrows and had these light eyes—blueish green—so I looked very Russian. And my new movie I’m prepping in New York is called “Alive Alone” and I'm to be even blonder.

Can you tell us a bit about “Alive Alone”?
It's actually one of the most beautiful scripts I've read, it's a fantastic love story. I would say if you take “Taxi Driver” and “Leaving Las Vegas” and throw them together ... It's an intense story between my character who is a heroin addict and prostitute in New York and Matthias Schoenaerts, he is playing the other lead. We worked together on “Animal Rescue” and we really connected but we only had two scenes together. We felt straight away that we wanted to work together again, and he gave me the script and I read it and I thought it was amazing.

[It’s for a] first-time English director his name is Khurram Longi and he wrote the script as well, like seven years ago. He's been holding onto it and studios and big directors have wanted to buy it, but he wouldn’t sell. So it's very personal for him, it's his story. [We’ll be shooting] in New York In January and February.

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And how about “Child 44,” your second collaboration with Tom Hardy?
We did “Animal Rescue” and I love working with him. We know each other ... sometimes you meet someone and you feel like you can go anywhere—step into different characters and time zones or a period film or contemporary or whatever—we have a very intimate [relationship] and trust each other a lot. But we have a lot of fun even if it's quite dark or heavy, we're always laughing a lot and having a good time, so I love working with him and he's such an incredible actor, I've been really lucky.

And Gary Oldman is in it, who is one of my heroes, and Ridley Scott produced so he's in the background and Daniel Espinosa who is from Chile but grew up in Sweden he is directing it. He did “Safe House,” and “Snabba Cash” and he's also a friend of mine. So it was a long shoot and quite a big epic movie in one way, but very much a character drama, also some kind of reverse love story between my character and Tom's character: they've been married for eight years when the movie starts and it's like a cold war between them.

Of course it’s based on the Tom Rob Smith book, which is the first in a trilogy in which your character, Raisa becomes arguably more central as time goes on. Will you return for movie sequels, should they happen?
Yes absolutely, if it's the same [team] I would love to. I find if you do sequels—for example Ridley promised me he's going to do “Prometheus 2”—so if we're doing the second one of “Child 44” I would like to have Daniel with me on that, because for me when I'm working it's so personal, I open up a lot and it takes over my life so the people around me are really important. I need to work with people I know I connect with, and Daniel is one of the best directors I've worked with. I think he's going to be one of the biggest directors in the world.

And how about working with “Animal Rescue” director Michael Roskam?
He’s fantastic, I loved [his previous film] “Bullhead.” I saw it and was blown away and I called my team “I want to work with this guy!” Then I read “Animal Rescue” before he was even on board, and I was meeting with Fox Searchlight, we kept a dialogue going, and then when I heard Roskam was doing it, I wanted to do it. I think he's very passionate, and intense and very well prepared, he knows what he wants and is very focused, very much an actor’s director.

There's actually a scene that's not in the script, I came to him and said I think we need this scene, between me and Matthias, that tells more about the two of them, that they have a history together that you never really saw. We did it, like four takes and when I met them in L.A., they said it's one of the best scenes, so he's very open. I definitely think we will work together again.

This article is related to: Interview, Interviews, Noomi Rapace, Child 44, The Drop, What Happened to Monday?, Alive Alone, Marrakech Film Festival


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