___________________________________________________________________________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.
___________________________________________________________________________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!
_________________________________________________________________________________This past Saturday I attended the opening night of the play Fåglarna (The Birds) at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. The play is an adaption of a novel, written by the Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas in 1957 and was directed by Ole Anders Tandberg. The lead roles were played by Magnus Roosman and Melinda Kinnaman. Tarjei Vesaas also wrote a lot of poems, which was visible in the many dreamy, poem like monologues. The stage design was stylish, clean and beautiful and they also used impactful projections.
_________________________________________________________________________________So, then it's a new year and I'm back in Los Angeles. Had a couple of wonderful weeks in Sweden over Christmas and New Years, when I got to see my friends and family, enjoy the snow and also work as a tour guide in the archipelago of Stockholm. The Sunday before Christmas I went to a Christmas concert in the beautiful Berwaldhallen. A famous Swedish actress, Irene Lind, was there to read a couple of Christmas poems, there was singalong and the Royal Swedish Army Band played a lot of the traditional Christmas songs. So after that you really was in the Christmas spirit. Even though there was no snow on the ground... But then, a week later, it came! It was incredibly beautiful to take long walks at Djurgården, Stockholm's big green area. And to be on a boat in the archipelago guiding tourists. One afternoon we got to see this amazing sunset and then the water froze as well. Perfect winter weeks! I totally enjoyed it. And then it was time to leave Stockholm to go back to Los Angeles, with a stop in Seattle on the way for a fun job. More about that is coming up in later posts 🙂
Jag önskar er alla en riktigt God Jul!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
_________________________________________________________________________________So, I'm back in LA again after about a week in Sweden, filled with a lot of fun jobs and long walks in our beautiful capital. I already miss the beautiful autumn colors and the fresh autumn air. Here in LA it's about 20-25 degrees Celsius (about 75 F), which isn't too bad either. Now I have some exciting days ahead of me with auditions and meetings. Fingers crossed 🙂
_________________________________________________________________________________Finally back in LA after a loooong day's journey. My first flight was supposed to depart from Stockholm Arlanda Airport at 8:40 am, but was about 30 minutes delayed. But it didn't matter that much to me, because then I had six hours to kill at the airport in Helsinki, Finland, before my next flight to Chicago. I was very tired and wanted to just lay down to sleep somewhere, but I used my time well and worked instead. I got a lot of things done that I hadn't have time to do during my week in Stockholm. My next flight was a bit longer than the 50 minutes from Stockholm to Helsinki, so I had time to both sleep and watch ½ + 1 + ½ movie. First I watched the end of Spy, which I didn't have time to see before landing on my flight to Stockholm. Then a Japanese movie: Maestro. Beautiful! If you like music you should definitely watch it! Before landing in Chicago I had time to watch the first half of True Story. I hope I will be able to watch the rest on a flight in the near future. In Chicago everything went surprisingly fast and smoothly. No line to immigration and hardly and people before me at the security check, so I managed to be at my gate 10 minutes before boarding of my final flight of the day: Chicago - Los Angeles. About four hours of sleep later we landed at LAX and after another two hours I was home, 28 hours after my journey started on the bus to the airport in Stockholm.
_________________________________________________________________________________A week goes by so quickly! But Stockholm showed its best autumn-side and I got to do a lot of fun stuff like playing a spy in a Japanese movie, holding my seminar Hands On Hollywood, see friends and family, guide a boat tour in the Stockholm archipelago and have auditions. And take long walks at beautiful Djurgården in Stockholm city.
Häromdagen var jag på plats i Stockholm för att spela tysk spion i en japansk film, som kommer att ha premiär nästa sommar. Vi filmade vid Katarina kyrka på Södermalm. Den här scenen utspelar sig på 1940-talet, så när man tittade sig omkring (och zoomade bort filmteamet ur synfältet...) och bara såg folk i 40-talskläder och -frisyrer kändes det verkligen som om man förflyttats tillbaka i tiden. Solen sken, luften var höstig och frisk och jag fick användning för mina japanska språkkunskaper. Vilken härlig dag det var!
The other day I was in Stockholm to play a German spy in a Japanese movie, which will be released next summer. We filmed at the Katarina church at Södermalm. This particular scene took place in the 1940's, so when you looked around (and zoomed out the film crew from the view...) it really felt like you'd been transported back in time: everybody was dressed in 1940's clothing and had 1940's hairdos. The sun was shining, the air was crisp and fresh and I got to use my knowledge in Japanese. What a wonderful day it was!
___________________________________________________________________________Today (Saturday) my seminar "Hands On Hollywood" will be represented at the actor fair Hello Actors in Stockholm. Between 10 am and 5 pm you can find us at StagePool's booth. Visit us and ask questions about the seminar or sign up for the next occasion, which is on September 29th in Stockholm. Then I will be giving the seminar in Los Angeles on October 20th as a part of Acting Up Network's Professional TV & Film Acting Intensive.