Article courtesy The Wall Street Journal, October 28 2010: When the Swedish-born actress Noomi Rapace took the role of Lisbeth Salander, a.k.a. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, in the Swedish film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, “it felt like some sort of suicide mission,” she said in an interview. “Everybody seems to love Lisbeth, but it’s impossible to satisfy everybody. I had to ignore that and create some kind of protective bubble around me. I went into my own universe.” Ms. Rapace was in New York this week to promote the third and final film in the saga, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” which will hit theaters on Friday. David Fincher is at work in Stockholm on the American version – starring Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara of “The Social Network,” in the role of Ms. Salander – but things are just heating up for Ms. Rapace. She now has a whole Hollywood team working in her interests. She’s filming a role in London opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the sequel to “Sherlock Holmes.” And Music Box Films, the U.S. distributor of the three Swedish “Dragon Tattoo” films, is reportedly rolling out an Oscar campaign for its star.
Article courtesy The Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2010: In her native Sweden, actress Noomi Rapace has, as she says, lost her freedom. In her native Sweden, actress Noomi Rapace has, as she says, lost her freedom. “Everybody knows me. If I was sitting like this,” she said, glancing around the dimly lighted lobby of the Chateau Marmont during a recent trip to Hollywood, “people would be looking and somebody would come and ask for an autograph and people would probably be listening to us and what we’re saying. I can’t really just go out in Stockholm. I have to have a car waiting. I can’t take the bus. It’s not possible anymore.” That Rapace might soon lose her anonymity in the United States – where her star is rapidly rising after her turn in the movie adaptations of novelist Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – is, not surprisingly, a prospect she finds somewhat terrifying. But as the popular Swedish-language franchise’s final film, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” hits theaters here Friday, the 30-year-old actress is facing an entirely new reality.
Article courtesy Cinematical: On Monday, Noomi Rapace spoke to reporters in Los Angeles in conjunction with the release of ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,’ which is being released on Friday, October 29. During Cinematical’s conversation with the actress, she discussed the prospect of stepping into the forthcoming ‘Alien’ prequel, and in particular, following in the footsteps of Sigourney Weaver, whose character Ellen Ripley became the prototype for empowered female characters on celluloid. “She’s the one!” Rapace said to Cinematical. “I loved ‘Aliens,’ and I saw it when I was a teenager. It was something completely new, and for me, I remember when I saw it, I was like, wow, what is this?” Many fans of the Swedish film series that she currently stars in have suggested that Rapace’s role as Lisbeth Salander makes her a prime candidate to play a tough female character in the upcoming ‘Alien’ prequels. Rapace, meanwhile, confessed she was a huge fan of Weaver’s work. “I was a big fan, and I think she’s a great actress. She’s done so many things after that also that is just she’s stunning.” Rapace didn’t officially confirm that she was going to be in the ‘Alien’ prequel, but she said she would love to work with director Ridley Scott, who is returning to the film series after more than 30 years. “I would love to work with Ridley, but there’s so many rumors,” she observed. “I’ve read a lot of things about me in the paper and gone, oh really? Okay! Yeah â€“ I didn’t know that! But I’ve met him a couple of times, and it’s amazing for me, but he’s said he’s a big fan of my work, and I’m a really big fan of his work so I would love to work with him. But we’ll see.”
Noomi Rapace told Cinematical that she is playing a gypsy in ‘Sherlock Holmes 2,’ her first Hollywood film. “My character is a gypsy,” Rapace said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles, Calif. “She is a traveler and she’s cool – she’s a bit crazy, but I like her. I’m having a great time. Rapace said that despite the material’s energetic, fun tone, she is doing a lot of research to make sure her character is as authentic as possible.
I’m doing a lot of research about gypsies,” she explained. “I’m going to Paris to visit some gypsy camps, and I’m going to Transylvania to actually see how they live. Because the gypsies are so poor, they live pretty much the same as they did then, and they keep in the traditions and all of that, so when you go to Transylvania, for example, they live pretty close to the way they lived hundreds of years ago. So I’m listening to gypsy music and I’m learning to sing and dance.
The production of Ritchie’s film has largely been shrouded in mystery thus far, protecting its secrets so they can be properly revealed when the film is released on December 16, 2011. But Rapace revealed that the sequel has a similar tone to the first film, and she’s enjoying exploring that kind of creative environment. “It’s really fun,” she said. “I like the guys I’m working with. I think [in ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’], we’re working in that same kind of landscape. They have created some kind of world, and it’s really fun to work with them.”
Noomi Rapace will be appearing on the Charlie Rose Show tonight to promote “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”. I’m sure this is going to be a very interesting interview. Be sure to find it on this site later. Enjoy watching!
Also yesterday, Noomi was a guest on KTLA (her first American television appearance) to promote this weekend’s release of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”. She talked about making the film, what an impact the trilogy has had on her career – and Oscar buzz for Lisbeth Salander. The whole appearance can be watched below.