Nathalie Söderqvist / actress
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).

         
Red carpet at the Grand Opening of Allure Banquet.

Red carpet at the Grand Opening of Allure Banquet.

Min goda vän Kim frågade om jag ville följa med henne på öppningsgalan av Allure Banquet som sponsrades av bland annat Latin Hollywood Films. Självklart tackade jag ja. Vi bjöds på mat och dryck och underhållning i form av sångaren Karen Boksian och Angelo Pagans salsaband. Eventet firade inte bara öppnandet av festlokalen, utan de hade även en välgörenhetsauktion till förmån för The Joy Foundation.

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My friend Kim asked me if I wanted to go with her to the Grand Opening of Allure Banquet, partly sponsored by Latin Hollywood Films. Of course I said yes. We were treated with food and drinks and entertainment by the singer Karen Boksian and Angelo Pagan's salsa band. The event did not only celebrate the opening of the Banquet facility; there was also a charity auction to benefit The Joy Foundation.  
The founders cutting the red ribbon.

The founders cutting the red ribbon.

 
A lot of celebrities came to support Allure Banquet and The Joy Foundation. Here comedian Paul Rodriguez is being interviewed.

A lot of celebrities came to support Allure Banquet and The Joy Foundation. Here comedian Paul Rodriguez is being interviewed.

 
Me and Kim at the red carpet.

Me and Kim at the red carpet.

 
The founders of Allure Banquet was awarded for their work.

The founders of Allure Banquet was awarded for their work.

 
Me, Kim and the actress sisters Veronica and Andrea.

Me, Kim and the actress sisters Veronica and Andrea.

 
The salsa band.

The salsa band with Angelo Pagan.

 
The invitation to the grand opening of Allure Banquet.

The invitation to the grand opening of Allure Banquet.

     

The Hotel Cafe

The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

The Hotel Cafe i Hollywood är en av Los Angeles mest populära musikscener - ungefär som Mosebacke i Stockholm - med flera uppträdanden varje kväll. Jag och Maria gick dit en kväll för att lyssna på Marias kompis Erick och hans band. De spelade i den nyöppnade delen "2nd Stage", en lite mindre och intimare lokal än huvudscenen. Jag var ganska trött när jag kom dit efter en vecka med tidiga morgnar och sena kvällar, men när de började spela var tröttheten som bortblåst och konserten, som var en timme lång, var slut alldeles för snabbt...

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The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood is one of Los Angeles' most popular music venues; they have several performances each night. I and Maria went there to listen to Maria's friend Erick and his band. The performed in the newer part of the venue, "2nd Stage", which is smaller and more intimate than the main stage. I was pretty tired when I got there due to a week of early mornings and late nights, but when they started playing I forgot all about that and the concert, which lasted an hour, ended way to fast...  
Erick Macek at The Hotel Café.

Erick Macek's poster at The Hotel Cafe.

 
Maria and I waiting for the concert to start.

Maria and I waiting for the concert to start.

 
Erick Macek and his band.

Erick Macek and his band.

 
Maria, Erick and I after the concert.

Maria, Erick and I after the concert.

 
Erick Macek in action.

Erick Macek in action.

 
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A great concert!

         

Oscars Party

Red carpet at the Swedish Oscars Party.

Red carpet at the Swedish Oscars Party.

  I söndags var det storslagen Oscarsgala i Hollywood och jag såg den på den officiella svenska festen som ordnades av SACC-LA (Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce Los Angeles) i samarbete med Svenska Ambassaden i Washington. Festen hölls på The District by Hannah An i Beverly Hills och kvällens höjdpunkt var förstås Alicia Vikanders vinst för bästa kvinnliga biroll och Eva von Bahrs och Love Larsons delade andra plats för bästa make up och hår.

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This past Sunday the Academy Awards was held in Hollywood and I watched the gala at the official Swedish Oscars Party, arranged by SACC-LA (Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce Los Angeles) and the Embassy of Sweden. The party was held at The District by Hannah An in Beverly Hills and the highlight of the evening was of course the Swedish nominees Eva von Bahr and Love Larson for Make Up and Hair and Alicia Vikander's Best Actress in a Supporting Role.  
The Swedish ambassdor Bjorn Lyrvall is welcoming everybody to the event.

The Swedish ambassdor Björn Lyrvall is welcoming everybody to the event.

 
The president of SACC-LA Gudrun Giddings.

Chris Rock and the president of SACC-LA, Gudrun Giddings.

 
Red carpet at the Swedish Oscars Party.

Working my outfit on the red carpet...

 
Carl-Petter, Kerstin and I in the viewing room with a lot of other Swedes.

Carl-Petter, Kerstin and I having a good time in the viewing room with a lot of other Swedes.

 
The roof lifted when it was announced that Alicia Vikander won Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

The roof literally lifted when Alicia Vikander was announced as the winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

 
Alicia Vikander, Best Actress in a Supporting Role 2015.

Alicia Vikander, Best Actress in a Supporting Role 2015.

 
Presentation of Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, nominated for Best Make Up and Hair for "The hundred year old man..."

Presentation of Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, nominated for Best Make Up and Hair for their work on "The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared" starring Robert Gustafsson.

 
A late dinner after the award ceremony at The District by Hannah An.

A late dinner with Birgitta, Carl-Petter and Mikael after watching the award ceremony at The District by Hannah An in Beverly Hills.

     

Oscars 2016

Hollywood is getting ready for the Oscars.

Hollywood is getting ready for the Oscars.

  Idag är det äntligen dags för Oscarsgalan - årets event här i Hollywood. Förberedelserna har pågått hela veckan och igår var jag och Maria på plats för att se hur det gick för dem med röda mattor, Oscarstatyer och repetitioner. Årets tema verkar vara trianglar och slogan i år är: "We all dream in gold." - "Vi drömmer alla i guld." I år kommer jag att se galan på SACC-LA:s Oscars party och så klart hålla tummarna för de nominerade från våra nordiska länder 🙂

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Today it's finally the Academy Awards - the event of the year here in Hollywood. The preparations have been going on all week and yesterday I and Maria was there to see how they were doing with red carpets, Oscar statues and rehearsals. The theme of the years seems to be triangles and this year's slogan is: "We all dream in gold." This year I'll be watching the gala at SACC-LA:s Oscars Party and will of course cross my fingers for the nominees from the Nordic countries 🙂  
The Dolby Theatre.

The Dolby Theatre.

 
Here the stars will arrive tomorrow; the beginning of the red carpet.

Here the stars will be arriving tonight; the beginning of the red carpet.

 
Chris Rock is the host of the award ceremony and this year's slogan is "We all dream in gold."

Chris Rock is the host of the award ceremony and this year's slogan is "We all dream in gold."

 
Behind the scenes of the Oscar.

Behind the scenes of the Oscar.

 
Preparations in progress.

Preparations in progress.

 
Preparations in progress...

A lot of people are working behind the scenes to make everything happen.

 
Preparations in progress.

Tonight the bleechers will be packed with fans.

 
Rehearsal.

Rehearsals.

 
The entrance.

The entrance to the theatre.

 
The entrance from above.

The entrance from above.

 
The soon to be red carpet.

The (soon to be unveiled) red carpet.

 
The stairs that lead up to the theatre.

The stairs leading up to the theatre.

 
Mr Oscar.

Mr Oscar.

 
I'd be this happy if I won an Oscar...

"I want to thank my family..."

 
Rehearsals in progress.

Rehearsals in progress.

 
Maria and I are trying to pull off our celebrity looks.

Maria and I are trying to pull off our celebrity looks.

 
Who will win Best Feature Film 2015?

Who will win Best Feature Film 2015?

   
Red carpet with Swedish actor of Force Majeure, Johannes Bah Kuhnke

Red carpet with Swedish actor of Force Majeure, Johannes Bah Kuhnke.

  På lördagskvällen, första helgen av Santa Barbara International Film Festival, gick jag på Virtuosos Award på Arlington Theatre i Santa Barbara. Priset går till skådespelare (i år sju stycken) som har fått genombrott under året. Innan själva prisutdelning intervjuades alla pristagare på scenen. Jacob Tremblay, som spelade i "Room" vann allas hjärtan med sina charmiga och kloka svar 🙂 Efter prisceremonin var det VIP-party där vi bland annat skålade med pristagarna med 130 år gammal konjak.

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On Saturday evening, the first weekend of Santa Barbara International Film Festival, I attended the Virtuosos Award at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara. The award goes to actors (this year there were seven of them) who have distinguished themselves through performances in films the past year. Before the actual award ceremony all the recipients was interviewed on stage.  Jacob Tremblay of "Room" won everybody's hearts with his charming and wise responses 🙂 At the VIP party, after the award ceremony, we celebrated the winners toasting in 130 years old cognac.  
Got the opportunity to have a chat with actor Jacob Tremblay of "Room".

Got the opportunity to have a chat with actor and Virtuosos winner Jacob Tremblay of "Room" at the VIP party.

 
At Arlington Theatre, waiting for all the award winners to arrive. Here O'Shea Jackson Jr. of "Straight Outta Compton".

At Arlington Theatre, waiting for all the award winners to arrive. Here O'Shea Jackson Jr. of "Straight Outta Compton".

 
Elizabeth Banks in a beautiful red dress talking about her performance in "Love & Mercy".

Elizabeth Banks (in a beautiful red dress) talking about her performance in "Love & Mercy".

 
Jacob Tremblay is being interviewed on stage at Virtuosos Award.

Jacob Tremblay is being interviewed on stage at Virtuosos Award.

 
Red carpet at Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Red carpet at Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

   
At Santa Barbara International Film Festival with director Mikael Berg and producer Kim De Venne.

At Santa Barbara International Film Festival with director Mikael Berg and producer Kim DeVenne.

  Första helgen i februari var jag i Santa Barbara för att gå på den internationella filmfestivalen de har där varje år. Det är en helt otrolig festival. Förutom filmer från hela världen (bl.a. med ett nordiskt fokus) har de en massa prisceremonier, seminarium och event. Första dagen där var jag på USA-premiären av Bille Augusts film "Stille Hjerte" med efterföljande Q&A med honom, manusförfattaren och producenten. Filmen var fantastisk! Jag grät nog mer än jag gråtit till någon annan film. Nästa programpunkt på festivalschemat var Writers Panel på vackra Lobero Theatre. De hade lyckats få dit nästan alla av de Oscarsnominerade manusförfattarna - imponerande! Och så klart väldigt intressant att höra om deras skrivprocess och hur de jobbat med just de Oscarsnominerade manusen.

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The first weekend of February I attended Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It's an incredible festival. Except for movies from all over the world (they even have a Nordic section), they have a lot of award ceremonies, panels and events. My first day there I was at the US premiere of Danish director Bille August's movie "Silent Heart", followed by a Q&A with him, the screenwriter and the producer. The movie was amazing! I don't think I've ever cried that much watching a movie. Next up was the Writers Panel at the beautiful Lobero Theatre. They had managed to get almost all of the Academy Award nominated screenwriters to be there - impressive! And of course very interesting to hear about their writing process and their work with the Academy Award nominated screenplays.  
Q&A after the screening of "Silent Heart" with producer Jesper Morthorst, screenwriter Christian Torpe and director Bille August.

Q&A after the screening of "Silent Heart" with producer Jesper Morthorst, screenwriter Christian Torpe and director Bille August.

 
Writers Panel with the screenwriters of Inside Out, Room, Ex Machina, The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, Anomalisa, Carol, The Big Short and Spotlight.

Writers Panel with the screenwriters of Inside Out, Room, Ex Machina, The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, Anomalisa, Carol, The Big Short and Spotlight.

 
Lunch between events at a great Mexican place in Santa Barbara with Mikael, Jim, Palli, Lisa and Kim.

Lunch between events at a great Mexican place in Santa Barbara with film makers Mikael, Jim, Palli, Lisa and Kim.

 
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Lobero Theatre.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Lobero Theatre.

     
Me and Birgitta at the red carpet.

Me and Birgitta at the Scandinavian Film Festival LA 2016

Förra helgen besökte jag Scandinavian Film Festival LA för att bland annat se den danska filmen "En Chance Til" av Susanne Bier. Filmen var väldigt gripande och bollade med vad som är rätt och fel och att handla efter det. Scandinavian Film Festival LA är en jättefin festival som hålls under två helger i januari varje år och visar filmer från de nordiska och baltiska länderna, bland annat ländernas respektive Oscarsnomineringar. Förra året var jag där med "Fröken Julie", som då fick äran att representera Sverige tillsammans med "Turist" och "En duva satt på en gren...".

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Last weekend I attended the Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles to see the Danish movie "A Second Chance" by Susanne Bier. The movie was very touching and dealt with what's right and wrong and how you act according to it. The Scandinavian Film Festival LA is a film festival I highly recommend to everybody. It is held two weekends in January every year and shows movies from the Nordic and Baltic countries, and always the countries' Oscar nominated movies. Last year I was there with "Miss Julie", that got the honor to represent Sweden along with "Force Majeure" and "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch...".  
Two of the Danish movies screened this year: A Second Chance by Susanne Bier and their Oscar nomination A War.

Two of the Danish movies screened this year: A Second Chance by Susanne Bier and their Oscar nomination A War.

 
The founder and president of SFFLA, Jim Koenig.

The founder and president of SFFLA, Jim Koenig, presenting "A Second Chance".

 
Red Caret before the screening of Miss Julie at the Scandinavian Film Festival 2015.

Red Caret before the screening of Miss Julie at the Scandinavian Film Festival 2015.

 
Last year's screening of Miss Julie followed by Q&A with me and director Mikael Berg.

Last year's screening of Miss Julie followed by a Q&A with me and director Mikael Berg.

   

Star Wars-premiär

World premiere of "Star Wars - The Force Awakens".

World premiere of "Star Wars - The Force Awakens".

  Ikväll är det världspremiär för "Star Wars - The Force Awakens" på Dolby Theatre och det känns som om det är Oscarsgalan som har tjuvstartat. Hollywood Blvd. har varit avstängd sen i torsdags för allt byggande och det har pratats om den här premiären i flera veckor. Det ser ut som om de inte sparat på krutet, men lite otur har de dock med vädret. Det har varit nästintill storm idag och temperaturen är runt 10 grader. Man får hoppas att de har det varmt och gott inne på biografen och i efterfest-tälten sen.

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Tonight is the world premiere of "Star Wars - The Force Awakens" at Dolby Theatre, and it feels like it's the Academy Awards that has a false start. Hollywood Blvd. has been closed since Thursday for preparations of the event and everybody has talked about it for weeks. It looks like it's going to be the event of the year, but they are a bit unfortunate regarding the weather though... It's been extremely windy today, almost like a storm, and it's only like 52F outside. For their sake I hope it's warm in the theater and inside the after party tents afterwards.  
Main entrance to the world premiere of Star Wars - The Force Awakens.

Main entrance to the world premiere of "Star Wars - The Force Awakens".

 
Glimpse of the red carpet walk.

The TV reporters are getting ready.

 
One of the entrances to the event, with Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as a backdrop.

One of the entrances to the event, with Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as a backdrop.

 
It's so cold I'm wearing all the warm clothes I have and for once I'm happy I don't have to be on the red carpet ;)

It's so cold I'm wearing all the warm clothes I have and for once I'm happy I don't have to be on the red carpet  😉

 
All the shops at Hollywood Blvd. had normal business hours, but you had to pass through security several times on your way and in the sky there are helicopters for surveillance.

All the shops at Hollywood Blvd. had normal business hours, but you had to go through security several times on your way and in the sky there are helicopters for surveillance.

 
The camera operator is getting ready for the big event.

The camera operator is getting ready for the big event.

 
Entrance to the Dolby Theater.

Entrance to the Dolby Theatre.

 
The red carpet leading up to the Dolby Theater, like at the Academy Awards.

The red carpet leading up to the Dolby Theatre, like at the Academy Awards.

 
Property of Star Wars.

Property of Star Wars.

 
The stars of the movie arrives.

A lot of fans had been waiting for hours for the stars to arrive.

 
The stars of the movie arrives.

The stars of the movie arrives.

 
J. J. Abrams arrives.

J. J. Abrams arrives. And then my phone died and I went home.

     
Red carpet at the Eliason Merit Award.

Red carpet at the Eliason Merit Award.

  Nu har jag varit sjuk tillräckligt länge, så i lördags var det verkligen dags att gå ut och träffa folk igen när SACC-LA (Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles) hade sitt stora årliga event: Eliason Merit Award. Priset har delats ut sedan 1988 och går till en person som under året har stärkt banden mellan Sverige och USA inom handel, kultur, forskning eller konst. Årets pristagare var artisten Tove Lo och hon tog emot priset från förra årets vinnare, skådespelaren Joel Kinnaman. Festen hölls på legendariska Roosevelt Hotel i Hollywood och på efterfesten spelade bl.a. Elliphant och Erik Hassle. En fantastisk kväll på en fantastisk plats!

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I have been sick long enough now, so this past Saturday it was really about time for me to leave the apartment and socialize again. And lucky me: SACC-LA (Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles) had their yearly big event that evening: Eliason Merit Award. It has been awarded since 1988 and goes to an individual that during the year has strengthen the relations between Sweden and the U.S. in the areas of commerce, culture, science or the arts. This year's award winner was the Swedish artist Tove Lo and she received the prize from last year's winner, actor Joel Kinnaman. The event was held at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and at the after party the Swedish artists Elliphant and Erik Hassle were performing. A great night at a beautiful venue!  
The main area of the Eliason Merit Award 2015.

The main area of the Eliason Merit Award 2015.

 
Some of the items you could get at the silent auction: a baseball signed by Hillary Clinton and a drawing of Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton.

Some of the items you could get at the silent auction: a baseball signed by Hillary Clinton and a drawing of Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton.

 
The party was held at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

The party was held at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

 
At the after party with Tove Lo and Elliphant.

At the after party with the Swedish artists Tove Lo and Elliphant.

   
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