Popsugar has posted a lengthy article for today’s Netflix premiere of “What Happened to Monday?”, including an interview with Noomi Rapace: The Swedish actress stars in the streaming network’s dystopian action flick, out Aug. 18, as identical septuplets named after each day of the week. All seven sisters have grown up living in hiding thanks to the government’s law restricting families to one child only due to overpopulation, so their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) allows them out of the house only on the day corresponding with their name. They’re able to maintain one public identity through adulthood, until a government agency led by the steely Glenn Close picks up on the scam. Monday doesn’t return home after her day out, and soon enough her sisters savagely work their way through a long line of agents (and end up getting picked off in gory fashion themselves) in an effort to save her.
[Tommy Wirkola] called me up and said, ‘So, Noomi, I have this project, I want you to read it. It’s actually seven brothers, but if you want to want to do it with me, because I can only imagine you doing this, I want to change it into women, to seven sisters.’ Then he sent me the script and I read it, and I called the next day saying, ‘OK. Absolutely, yes.’ But I was terrified,” she recalls. “It was like, ‘If this doesn’t work, it’s all on me.’ I stepped into this knowing that I had to do something I’ve never done before and no one’s done before, because it’s not seven clones. It’s not a person with multiple personalities. It’s actually seven different people.
Signing on to play a character who flings herself out of second story windows and chops off fingers is not an unusual choice for Rapace, who has steadily built her career around projects that allow the slight, 5’4″ star to fully embrace her physicality after a childhood spent practicing martial arts. “I don’t really go and chase [those roles],” Rapace tells me during a recent phone call. “I’m very drawn to physical parts because I like doing all of that and it’s always a fun ride, but it always needs to be coming out of a character and be character driven. When it’s just pure action, that doesn’t really do much for me. I like an action movie with real drama.” The complete article can be read here.