The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Jan. 30, 2016, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is what this Screen Actors Guild Award winner said backstage in the Screen Actors Guild Awards press room.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
(“The Danish Girl”)
What does it mean for a foreign actress to get this Hollywood award?
First of all, I grew up and looked up to American cinema. And I always saw it as fairy-tale land. It was beyond anything I could ever dream of, really. I didn’t even know when I grew up that I could work in English. I had a mother who was an actress, so I dreamed of going to the Royal Theatre.
But especially with the SAG Awards, I used to YouTube it the day after. I always so amazed by this award particularly, because to have an award that celebrates the union and actors celebrating other actors. And just to be invited to a room where there’s already a lot of friends and people I’ve already worked with and colleagues is beyond everything else, so I will remember this night.
What is one piece of advice that you would tell people who haven’t achieved their dreams yet?
I had people who told me that anything would be possible. That means a lot, even though I never would have believed this. So I guess that is advice. I’ve always had people who believed in me, and always told me to continue and try and do what I loved.
And then also to have people who’ve told me that it’s OK to fail. I’m still young in this industry, and I’ve been afraid, that you always have to live up to this standard in your head. And then you realize that making those mistakes along the way is what’s going to give you the most experience. That’s also what you use the most as an actor.
You’ve been lucky enough to work all over the world. Have you discovered any interesting places?
That is probably one of the most wonderful things of doing what we do. I’ve been so lucky. I’ve been on several projects, and you get to see places that you never thought you would … I’ve been to Russia. I’ve been on a flight to St. Petersburg, then 10 hours on a train, bonded with all my people. It was freezing cold. We were going to stay in a hotel.
We ended up staying in a little cottage on an island because the weather conditions were so bad. Two years ago, I did a film in New Zealand, out in these fields where I probably would have never been able to go. All of these things are memories, especially because of the foreign places that will help me remember them.
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