Danish actress Marie Back Hansen. Photo: IBL


Actress Marie Bach Hansen in 22 questions

Marie Back Hansen stars in the third and last season of the Danish TV series Arvingerne.

What’s your name?
Marie Bach Hansen.

What’s your profession?

Where do you live?
In Copenhagen.

What was the destination of your latest trip and where are you going next?
Palma de Mallorca for New Year’s and I’m planning to visit Barcelona where I lived for a year.

How did you become that?
I spent four years at the Danish National School of Theatre in Copenhagen.

What’s the biggest accomplishment or proudest moment of your career?
A moment that made me very proud and happy was when I got the part as Signe in the TV series The Legacy (Arvingerne in Danish).

What else have you done?
I have worked as a waitress – mostly in Barcelona – and as a telemarketer, music teacher and kindergarten teacher for disabled kids.

What do you do when you don’t work?
I play music, hang out with friends and family, watch movies and go to the theater.

How much cash are you carrying with you right now?
$5 from a trip to New York eight months ago.

What’s in your pockets right now?
An old bag of Fisherman’s Friend and a lip gloss.

Who’s your best friend? Why?
Friends are very important to me. One of them is Lise, a girl I went to theater school with. We speak almost every day and we share almost everything. I love her – as I love all my friends.

What’s your biggest dream?
To make a lot of beautiful, ­crazy, exciting, important and challenging movies and plays both in Denmark and the rest of the world.

What’s your biggest nightmare?
To miss out on an opportunity.

What’s the latest movie you saw or book you read?
The latest book I read was Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in preparation for my role as Rose in a play currently running at the Betty Nansen Teatret. The latest movie was Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean. It was so good!

What’s your earliest memory?
Visiting my mom at the hospital when she had my little sister. I was three and I had flowers in my hand, and I remember just standing there, looking everywhere, even up at the ceiling, to find her. I didn’t know what a baby sister looked like. Then I found her in my mother’s arms.

Aisle, window, or middle?

Who’s your biggest idol or role model?
Beyoncé is a big idol of mine. Not only because of her music, but because of her ability to create and innovate her career and business. She’s very inspiring!

What would you do if you weren’t an actress?
I would be a singer or a sociologist.

How would your Oscar speech begin?
“I would like to thank my mom and dad…”

Which city do you want to return to?
San Francisco.

What’s your hidden talent?
I am a total geek, especially when it comes to learning new instruments. Right now it’s the ukulele – I can practice for hours! And I can geek out when I watch an artist I like. I’ve spent hours re-watching Louis CK’s shows over and over again. All of them. I’m curious about what it is he does. And I just love him!

Finish the following sentence: “A funny thing happened to me on the way to…”
London at the Nordicana festival. I was dressed up to meet the press and took the escalator carrying a large Americano. I was talking to a girl I had just met and forgot to step off when we reach­ed the top. I stumbled and spilled the coffee all over my clothes. The girl helped me up but she couldn’t stop laughing. Neither could I.

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