One of the trickiest moves to make as a young star is coping with sudden fame--especially when it is attached to a beloved character. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace created the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish films based on Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy"; the films made her a star all over the world (the trilogy has grossed $220 million so far worldwide – and $110 million for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." But like the "Twilight" stars, whether she can make a career outside Sweden in other roles, in other languages, is another question. As you can see from the interview below shot in Venice 2010, Rapace speaks fluent English. UPDATE: She has been getting offers from Hollywood, from the "Sherlock Holmes" series to "Prometheus." The question was what she would do with them. Now we know. She's a global star.
Rapace followed the Millenium films (the third, "The Girl that Kicked the Hornet's Nest," will open stateside in November) with the role of Medea on stage in Stockholm; she says she prefers working in film, though, at a greater remove from her audience. (Apparently fans kept taking pictures during the show and mobbing her afterwards.) Next she took on the great Swedish actress Pernilla August's debut film as a director, "Beyond," playing wife to her own husband Ola Rapace, also a well-known star in Sweden.
The tough domestic drama starts out with Rapace in bed with her husband--snuggling and smiling. It's like a beam of light--a far cry from Salander, a role Rapace is more than happy to leave behind. David Fincher never approached her for the remake; and she never contacted him. In "Beyond," which opens in Scandinavia next summer, she is playing a happily married mother of two who is unwillingly pulled back into remembering and dealing with her past when her neglectful and abusive mother calls her on her deathbed. It's strong stuff; Rapace runs with a juicy dramatic role.
Here's a three-part video interview from Venice: