The Hollywood Reporter has published an interview with Noomi Rapace and Valdimar Jóhannsson – too late for its theatrical release in October, but maybe just in time for the upcoming awards season. In A24’s Lamb, Noomi Rapace’s most memorable co-star is a half-human, half-sheep newborn named Ada. As Maria, who runs a farm with her husband (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) in remote Iceland, Rapace weathered a logistically complicated shoot that included actual nightmares. The resulting film, helmed by first-time director Valdimar Jóhannsson, who co-wrote it with frequent Björk collaborator Sjón, is an eerie, intermittently funny slice of folk horror. Rapace and Jóhannsson spoke to THR about how they made the movie and why they resist the temptation to classify it as a genre film.
Maria is a heavy character. She’s been through a lot of anguish, and she’s desperate to be a parent.
Noomi Rapace: It’s brutal to open up yourself for the emotions of losing a child. When Valdimar and his producer came to London and gave me this divine, disturbing package of the script and his lookbook, and I started to explore this world, I knew that it was a brutal, beautiful world. I knew I would need to get lost in it somehow, and I accepted that. But there were also moments when we were shooting it where I wasn’t sure where Noomi ends and Maria starts. It was quite intense. I couldn’t really sleep. In the summer in Iceland, it doesn’t really get dark. I was losing my mind.
The complete article can be read over at the The Hollywood Reporter.
You can find Noomi on the cover of Sweden’s Di Weekend Friday issue. And if you can read Swedish, even better – head over to their website to read the interview. The cover and three outtakes have been added to the photo gallery: “Sedan succén med Män som hatar kvinnor för åtta år sedan har Noomi Rapace spelat in 18 filmer och flyttat till London. Nu till jul lanseras Netflix största produktion någonsin, filmen Bright, där Noomi Rapace spelar mot Will Smith. Samtidigt lanserar hon dessutom sin egen parfym.”
Over the past few weeks, three publications have announced Noomi to be their cover girl for their respective September and October issues. You’ll find Noomi on the covers of 10 Magazine (September 2017), The Fall (September 28, 2017) and Wylde Magazine (October 2017). Each appearance has been accompanied by some stunning new editorial pictures. Have a look at all new additions below.
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – Wylde Magazine (USA, October 2017)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The Fall (USA, September 28, 2017)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 10 Magazine (USA, September 2017)
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2017 – Session 10
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2017 – Session 11
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2017 – Session 12
Today’s release of “What Happened to Monday?” and the recent promotion of “Bright” at the San Diego Comic-Con has put Noomi on the spot for the past days – and on the pages of Vanity Fair Italia, Empire Magazine and The Red Bulletin. You can view all latest added scans by checking the thumbnails below. Many thanks to Marinka for the heads-up! Very appreciated.
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – Empire (United Kingdom, September 2017)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – Vanity Fair (Italy, August 2017)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – The Red Bulletin (Mexico, September 2017)
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.
Noomi is featured in the current Malibu Magazine with a fantastic interview, by Felicity Martin, and a great new photoshoot. The last chapter remains the most interesting one: It’s not just the world of acting that Rapace is conquering. She’s just designed a clothing collection for a brand (“It’s very street, very hip-hop.”) She’s also launching a perfume later this year (“I’m doing a lot of stuff for fun,” she says). What I really want to know, however, is about the rumors she’s playing Amy Winehouse in an upcoming biopic. “Maybe … We’ll see. I’m involved in it, and I’m working on it, but all the components need to be right.” She smiles, explaining how, when they asked her to play Winehouse, she initially refused to read the script. “I have a strong connection to Amy. She was really present, her music, in the most critical moments of my life.” Rapace’s quest for perfection is particularly crucial on this project. “I can’t compromise on that one,” she urges. “The script needs to be amazing. It needs to be 100 percent. She is too important to me; my respect and love for her is just too important. It needs to be really brave and really honest and raw—and from my heart.” Rapace pours herself into all aspects of her career and life, from roles as villains or identical septuplets to perfume and key ring gifts for friends. There is no halfway. All considered, if Rapace eventually does tackle the role of Amy Winehouse, you can bet she’ll do it justice. The complete article can be read here.
UK fans make sure to grab your copy of the latest Empire Magazine, not only for a kick-ass cover story on Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” (no trace of Elizabeth Shaw) but also for a 4 page interview with Noomi Rapace featuring a stunning new editorial. A very interesting read. She talks a bit about preparing for each role with a new scent, confirms the upcoming collaboration with Ethan Hawke on “Stockholm”, and even a project that hasn’t been announced yet, about a female bodyguard. Digital scans have been added to the photo gallery.
It’s been very quiet around Noomi since May – which is not correct, because Noomi has been working non-stop since this time. On the other hand, that means no appearances or anything new to report. So what better time to dig down the archives and bring some new older scans to the photo gallery. Scans range from 2009 to 2015 and cover the European promotions for Sherlock Holmes, Prometheus and Child 44. Many thanks to Alvaro for guiding most of these articles my way. Very appreciated! To launch all latest scans, click any of the previews below.
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2015 – Metro (Sweden, May 08, 2015)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2014 – Total Film (United Kingdom, December 2014)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2012 – In Magasinet (Sweden, June 2012)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2012 – Evening Standard (United Kindgom, June 01, 2012)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2012 – Imagenes Magazine (Spain, June 2012)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2012 – Cinemania Magazine (Spain, January 2012)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2012 – Empire Magazine (United Kingdom, January 2012)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2012 – Fotogramas Magazine (Spain, January 2012)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2012 – Imagenes Magazine (Spain, January 2012)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2011 – Odeon (United Kingdom, December 2011)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2011 – Best Movie International (United Kingdom, November 2011)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2011 – Entertainment Weekly (USA, June 2011)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2011 – Entertainment Weekly (USA, January 28, 2011)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2009 – Cinema Magazine (Sweden, August 2009)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – 2009 – Elle Magazine (Sweden, February 2009)
Noomi Rapace is featured with an amazing pictorial in the latest issue of Intermission magazine. Scans have been added to the photo gallery. Additionally, a couple of new production stills from “Child 44” have been added as well. Many thanks to Marika for the heads-up.