Nathalie Söderqvist / actress
Me and Birgitta celebrating Sweden's National Day at the Swedish church.

Me and Birgitta celebrating Sweden's National Day at the Swedish church.

  Idag firades Sveriges Nationaldag (en dag för tidigt) i Svenska kyrkan i San Pedro och jag var där tillsammans med Birgitta och ett hundratal andra svenskar. Först hölls en familjegudstjänst inne i kyrkan och sen fortsatte själva firande ute på gården med körsång av Svenska kyrkans kör, diktläsning, nationaldagstal av SACC-LA:s ordförande Gudrun Giddings och hissaning av den svenska flaggan till tonerna av nationalsången. Därefter vankades det lunch, gjord av SWEA LA, och lotteri med många fina priser. Vi hade tur med vädret också. De senaste dagarna har det varit värmebölja, men idag i San Pedro fläktade vindarna svalkande. Helt perfekt!

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Today Sweden's National Day was celebrated (one day early) at the Swedish Church in San Pedro. I was there with Birgitta and about a hundred othere Swedes. First there was a church service and thereafter the celebration continued outside with the church choir singing, a poem about the National Day, a National Day Speech held by the president of SACC-LA Gudrun Giddings and the hoisting of the Swedish flag to the tunes of Sweden's national anthem. Then we had lunch, provided by SWEA LA, and the winners of the raffle were presented. And the weather was perfect. The past days there has been a heat wave in LA, but today in San Pedro there was a refreshing breeze to keep us all cool.  
The Swedish (and Norwegian) church in San Pedro, CA.

The Swedish (and Norwegian) church in San Pedro, CA.

 
Gudrun Giddings is holding this year's National Day Speech. Behind her is the Swedish Church Choir.

Gudrun Giddings is holding this year's National Day Speech. Behind her is the Swedish Church Choir.

 
The poem was performed by this beautiful woman in a traditional Swedish folk costume.

The poem was performed by this beautiful woman wearing a traditional Swedish folk costume.

 
The Swedish flag was hoist to the tunes of the national anthem.

The Swedish flag was hoist to the tunes of the national anthem.

 
The raffle prizes.

The raffle prizes.

 
Me, Birgitta, Cecilia and Gudrun enjoying the celebration in the windy, but refreshing, weather.

Me, Birgitta, Cecilia and Gudrun enjoying the celebration in the windy, but refreshing, weather.

     
The porphyry vase at Rosendahl's palace.

The porphyry vase at Rosendahl's palace.

Det är fantastiskt när man i sin egen stad fortfarande kan förundras över det som finns och kan upptäcka nya saker. På en promenad på Djurgården nu i maj blev jag överväldigad över allt jag såg, och kanske framförallt den stora porfyrvasen som står vid Rosendahls slott som jag aldrig tidigare sett, även fast jag passerat den tusentals gånger.

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It's marvelous when you still can be amazed by what your hometown has to offer and also discover new things. On a walk at Djurgården in Stockholm I was overwhelmed by all the fantastic things that came in my way, especially by the giant porphyry vase by Rosendahl's palace that I've never seen before even though I've passed it a thousand times.  
A dromedary is visiting.

A dromedary is not a common sight in Stockholm...

 
Beautiful hillside of wood anemones.

A beautiful hillside of wood anemones.

 
Herons.

Herons at their nests.

 
Two mallards has just taken a bath in the "river".

Two mallards have just taken a bath in the "river".

 
A surprised roe deer among the wood anemones.

A surprised roe deer among the wood anemones.

     
The beautiful view from Dramatenterrassen.

The beautiful view from Dramatenterrassen.

Den 9 maj var det officiell invigning av Dramatenterrassen. Vi bjöds på dryck och utsökta tilltugg i form av pulled pork sliders, caesarsallad och panna cotta samt ett fantastiskt väder. Det här kommer definitivt bli ett av sommar-Stockholms bästa häng. Utsikten, byggnaden, atmosfären - det kan inte bli mer rätt!

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On May 9th I attended the official opening of Dramatenterrassen, located at the balcony of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. We were treated with drinks and delicious hors d'oevres like pulled pork sliders, caesar salad and panna cotta, as well as a fantastic weather. This will definitely be one of  Stockholm's places to be this summer. The view, the building, the atmosphere - it can't be better!  
A lot of people had come to celebrate the opening.

A lot of people had come to celebrate the opening.

 
The bar.

The bar.

 
Dramatenterrassen.

Dramatenterrassen.

 
 

Sovreklamen

Här är "sovreklamen". Here's the "sleeping commercial".

 

Sova på jobbet

Me and my co-star Lukas trying not to fall asleep in the comfy bed.

Me and my co-star Lukas trying not to fall asleep in the comfy bed.

Tidigare i år var jag i Skåne för att spela in en reklamfilm och jag tror att det var det mest bekväma jobbet jag någonsin haft. Jag skulle "sova". Och sängen var hur skön som helst, så det var lite svårt att inte somna på riktigt. Resultatet av inspelningen lägger jag upp imorgon 🙂

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Earlier this year I was in Skåne (the southern part of Sweden) to shoot a commercial and it truly was the most comfortable job I've ever had. My job was to "sleep". And the bed was soooo comfy, that it was hard not to fall asleep for real. I will post the commercial tomorrow 🙂
The team is preparing for the shoot.

The team is preparing for the shoot.

 
What a beautiful ceiling!

What a beautiful ceiling!

 
Our location.

This amazing house was the location of the shoot.

 
The view from the tower of the house.

The view from the tower of the house.

 
On set shooting a scene from Glengarry Glen Ross.

On set shooting a scene from Glengarry Glen Ross.

  I veckan var jag på USC och filmade en scen ur Glengarry Glen Ross. Innan själva filmdagen hade vi repat scenen inför klassen och deras professor som en del i regissörens utbildning. Glengarry Glen Ross är en pjäs skriven av David Mamet, men den har även filmatiserats (1992). I originalet är karaktärerna i scenen vi gjorde män; min roll, James/Jamie Lingk, spelades av Jonathan Pryce. Inspelningen gick väldigt smidigt och var över alldeles för fort. Om någon vecka får vi se resultatet.

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This past week I was at USC to film a scene from Glengarry Glen Ross. Before the actual filming we had rehearsed the scene in front of the class and their professor as a part of the director's education. Glengarry Glen Ross is a play written by David Mamet, but it has also been made into a film version (1992). In the original screen play all characters in the scene we did were men; my role, James/Jamie Lingk, was played by Jonathan Pryce. The shoot went very smoothly and was over way to fast. In a week or two the scene will be edited and ready to watch.  
The actors, Stephanie, Nathalie, Stefanie and Tiffany, and the director Ante.

The actors, Stephanie, Nathalie, Stefanie and Tiffany, and the director Ante.

 
The team is setting up the camera for Stephanie's shot.

The team is setting up the camera for Stephanie's shot.

 
The last shot of the day.

Preparations for the last shot of the day.

 
Happy ladies after a fun day of filming.

Happy ladies after a fun day of filming.

     

Solenergi

Här är reklamfilmen jag spelade in i Stockholm i mars.

This is the commercial I shot in Stockholm in March.

 

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The whole film team of the day: writers and producers Sue and Greg, and actor Sean.

The whole film team of the day: writers and producers Sue and Greg, and actor Sean.

  I förra veckan hade jag min första inspelningsdag på kortfilmen Spin Cycle. Vi filmade på några olika platser i Los Feliz, bland annat i Barnsdall Art Park. Där finns arkitekten Frank Lloyd Wrights första Los Angeles-byggnad, Hollyhock House, som stod färdig 1921. Huset är döpt efter Aline Barnsdalls favoritblomma, stockrosen, och temat går igen på väggar, vid taklinjen och på pelare. Förutom Hollyhock House gillade jag också tallparken väldigt mycket och utsikten mot Griffith Park och resten av LA.

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Last week I had my first day on the short film Spin Cycle. We filmed on several locations around Los Feliz, among others at Barnsall Art Park. I hadn't heard of the park before, but I was thrilled to visit it. Mainly because architect Frank Lloyd Wright's first Los Angeles project was built here in 1921. It's called Hollyhock House, named after Aline Barndall's favorite flower. The flower is incorporated in the building on walls, the roofline and column planters. In addition to Hollyhock House, I also liked the pine tree garden very much as well as the view towards Griffith Park and the rest of LA.  
Hollyhock House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. with the hollyhock represented on the wall.

Hollyhock House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. with the hollyhock represented on the wall.

 
Me and my co-star Sean, who plays my boyfriend, in the pine tree garden.

Me and my co-star Sean, who plays my boyfriend, in the pine tree garden.

     
Red carpet at the world premiere of "30 Days with My Brother".

Red carpet at the world premiere of "30 Days with My Brother".

  I veckan var det världspremiär på "30 Days with My Brother" på The Egyptian i Hollywood med efterföljande Q&A. Filmen är skriven av Omar Mora, som också spelade en av huvudrollerna. En fin film om brödraskap - ett ämne som jag nog aldrig sett på bioduken förut - med många fantastiska vyer av Los Angeles. Jag gick dit med min vän Kim, som är producent, och den spanska skådespelaren Jesus, som inom kort kommer att flytta till LA. Efter filmen minglade vi med nya och gamla vänner. Det var en härlig stämning och vi stannade tills vi blev utslängda 😉

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This past week, the movie "30 Days with My Brother" had its world premiere at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, followed by a Q&A. The movie is written by Omar Mora, who also plays one of the leads. A beautiful movie about brotherhood - a subject I don't think I've ever seen on the screen before - with a lot of stunning views over Los Angeles. I went to the event with my friend Kim, who is a producer, and the Spanish actor Jesus, who is about to move to LA. After the screening we mingled with new and old friends. It was a great evening; we stayed until they threw us out 😉  
Me and Spanish actor Jesus outside The Egyptian.

Me and Spanish actor Jesus outside The Egyptian.

 
A lot of celebrities from the "latino community" were interviewed on the red carpet, for example Bolivian actor Reynaldo Pacheco and TV star Karen Anzoantegui.

A lot of celebrities from the "latino community" were interviewed and photographed on the red carpet, for example Bolivian actor Reynaldo Pacheco and TV star Karen Anzoantegui.

 
Kim , Jesus and I at the red carpet.

Kim , Jesus and I at the red carpet.

 
Adrian Nunez plays one of the leads, here with friends before the screening.

Adrian Nunez plays one of the leads, here with the movie poster and his friends before the screening.

 
Q&A after the screening with director Michael May, writer and actor Omar Mora and actor Adrian Nunez.

Q&A after the screening with director Michael May, writer and actor Omar Mora and actor Adrian Nunez.

 
Mingling with old and new friends. Felipe (screenwriter), me, Ismael (actor), Kim (producer), Hugo (actor) and Johnny (actor).

Mingling with old and new friends. Felipe (screenwriter), me, Ismael (actor), Kim (producer), Hugo (actor) and Johnny (actor).

         
Looking out over Los Angeles from the top of Runyon Canyon.

Looking out over Los Angeles from the top of Runyon Canyon.

  Minst tre morgnar i veckan "hajkar" jag i Runyon Canyon som min workout, men imorgon stängs området i fyra månader för att de ska byta ut vattenledningarna. Förutom att flåset och rumpan får sig en rejäl omgång uppför är det så avkopplande att börja dagen med att vara ute i naturen, höra fågelkvitter och se skalbaggar, ödlor och bin när man går nedför. Och att blicka ut över LA när man nått toppen - det ger mig energi. Men nu kommer jag inte få se den vyn på fyra månader, så det var lite vemodigt imorse. Och inte bara för mig. Många, kanske främst hundägare, har sina "Runyon-vänner" som de träffar på på sina rundor och som de nu inte kommer att se förrän i augusti. Folk önskade varandra trevlig sommar och drog ut lite extra på det sista varvet.

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At least three mornings a week I hike in Runyon Canyon as my daily workout, but tomorrow the park will close for four months due to a water project. Apart from the workout hiking uphill it is so relaxing to start the day being in the nature, hearing birds chirping and see beetles, geckos and bees hiking downhill. And to look out over L.A. when you've reached the top - that gives me energy. But now I won't get to see that view for four months, so I felt a little bit sad this last morning. And not only I. A lot of people, perhaps mainly dog owners, have their "Runyon friends" that they meet on their hikes and that they now won't see again until August. They wished each other a happy summer and walked a little slower to keep this last hike last a bit longer.  
Sunrise over Downtown and Hollywood Hills.

Sunrise over Downtown and Hollywood Hills.

 
You can see the Hollywood sign from the top.

You can see the Hollywood sign from the top.

 
View towards Century City and Santa Monica.

View towards Beverly Hills, Century City and Santa Monica.

 
They're closing the trails to replace the water pipes.

They're closing the trails to replace the water pipes.

 
Two of the trails with West Hollywood in the background.

Two of the trails leading up to the top, with West Hollywood in the background.

 
Made it to the top!

Made it to the top!

 
The road will be repaired during the closure.

The road will be repaired during the closure.

 
They'll be replacing the pipes under the tennis court as well.

They'll be replacing the pipes under the tennis court as well.

       
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