My 2016: Anders Danielsen Lie

Cinema Scandinavia: Nobel has just sold to over 200 countries. When working on the series, did you feel like it would have this level of success? 

Anders Danielsen Lie: It’s difficult during the shooting period to determine whether something is going to be successful. When I was shooting Nobel, though, it felt like we were making something important, and that’s always promising for a project.

CS: Can you tell us about your role in Nobel?

ADL: My character is Jon Petter Hals, who is the chief in Erling’s (Aksel Hennie) patrol. Jon goes through a lot in the show – physically and emotionally – and that made for a challenging shoot. At the same time, it was a lot of fun.

CS: This year you also had roles in major US films like Personal Shopper and Approaching the Unknown. What was that experience like? Do you find working on international films much more challenging?

 ADL: Approaching the Unknown was shot back in 2014. It’s an independent low-budget sci-fi thriller, produced by the same people who are behind Beasts of the Southern Wild. They are very idealistic people, who work very differently than the typical people in Hollywood.

Personal Shopper is a mainly English-speaking and French produced movie. I can’t say that I have a lot of experience with working in the US, but I have worked on quite a lot of French productions. I would say that it is tougher working abroad than in Norway.

CS: You have worked in French film with This Summer Feeling. What can you tell us about that?

ADL: In this film, I play a young man who loses his girlfriend very suddenly. The storyline follows him and his girlfriend’s sister for two years after the death. It’s a film about handling sorrow and how the loss of someone affects and changes the relations among the ones left behind.

CS: How much of yourself do you put into your characters?

ADL: I always put myself into the character, but I’m doing it very intuitively each time.

CS: What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing Norwegian actors today?

 ADL: I believe the biggest challenge is finding work. The job situation for actors in Norway, and it can be very unpredictable. There are a lot of actors for very few roles.

CS: Where can we see you next year?

Now, I’m shooting a film in France called La Nuit a Dévoré Le Monde. It’s a film about a man on his own in a zombie-filled Paris. I think it’ll be done next year.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.