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Scan Magazine | Cover Feature | Signe Egholm Olsen
“It’s hard to get to know this person, Lisbeth. But that’s also what makes her such an interesting character to work with: she is so persistent, very focused, and she completely gets lost in her work,” Signe Egholm Olsen says of her role as Nordic Noir heroine in The Hour of the Lynx.
film sits within the context of the genre, let alone whether the characters follow any given pattern. “It’s a very big thing for us in modern society, trying to have both a career and family, so because we don’t hear about any family in Lisbeth’s life it’s almost as if she seems a bit surreal – like she’s lost touch with what’s right and wrong. But I don’t know, I’m a bit tired of all the talk about the male-female thing; we’re so used to seeing male actors in leading roles everywhere, and there’s been an increase in female leads lately – it’s nice, but Sofie [Gråbøl] is taking centre stage because she is very damn good, she embodies Nordic Noir, and she’s very strong and vulnerable at the same time.” She pauses before adding: “Maybe we’re tired of seeing only men? You know what, I really don’t think it’s important – what matters is how we tell a good story.” ‘Something that’s bigger than me’ Work-life balance is an issue that pops up everywhere these days, not least in relation to high-flying women. But for Egholm Olsen, who became a mother recently, adding a family to the equation has been more of a blessing than a problem. “It’s tough sometimes, but I feel lucky now
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that I have a kid, because now I have something in my life that’s more important than my job,” she says. “It’s a relief, because I don’t feel so vulnerable: when there’s a job I think isn’t going very well, there’s something that’s bigger than me.” Her unaffected forthrightness is refreshing. “Yes, it was a big thing for me to spend a lot of time on a film set when she was just a baby, but she was in good hands and everything worked out. I get to learn a lot about myself and my feelings, but it’s always been important for me to get out and keep working, because I really like my job, so I just had to learn not to feel guilty about doing it.” At the moment, the Danish actress is working on a Royal Danish Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet, which will run until January. The stage was where she started out, and she admits that it has a special place in her heart, yet working across both theatre and film has benefits, she insists. “You are much closer to all the decisions as an actress when working at the theatre, and you learn a lot about building a character. On film, you just have to do it, and you just have to get it right. I love the relationship between
the two, and I feel lucky that I have the chance to do both.” Living with freelance musician and actor Jimmy Jørgensen in Copenhagen, Egholm Olsen is as open to challenges as she was when she started out a decade ago. They are flexible and unafraid, she maintains, and the door is always open. “I love to be surprised by roles and stories I didn’t know existed, so bring them on and I’ll be very happy,” she says. “When I get the chance to play something very meaningful, then it makes sense for me to be an actress.”
The Hour of the Lynx is out on DVD in the UK on 6 October.
For more information, please visit: www.arrowfilms.co.uk/hour-of-the-lynx
Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.