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Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl is a true London lover. Photo: All Over Press Denmark
Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl is a true London lover. Photo: All Over Press Denmark

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Sofie Gråbøl in 24 questions

Meet Dane Sofie Gråbøl, one of Europe hottest actress right now and find out why she started acting and to what places she likes to travel.

What’s your name? 
Sofie Gråbøl. 

What’s your profession? 
Actress.

Where do you live? 
Central Copenhagen. 

What was the destination of your latest travel and where will you go next? 
I went to London for the premiere of the second season of the TV series Fortitude. I absolutely love being in London and always look for an opportunity to go there. My next trip will be to Sweden for work. 

Are you traveling for business or pleasure? 
Normally it’s very pleasurable business. 

Family? 
Two children and other lovely people. 

How did you become an ­actress? 
By chance, really. I saw an ad in the paper when I was 17, and being completely without direction or ambition, I thought it would be fun to try it out. It was a massive change in my life. I have great respect for chance and spontaneity. I wish all young people had the possibility to explore. 

What is the biggest ­accomplish­ment or proudest moment of your career? 
Biggest accomplishment? Hmm, I don’t really look at my working life from that angle. Proudest moment I think, was after surviving the darkest year of my life, being treated for cancer, and standing on the Olivier Stage at The National Theater in London in a brilliant play, The True Mirror. I felt very proud and very alive. 

What else have you done? 
I’ve checked minibars in a hotel, made hamburgers in Tivoli and worked in a bookstore. 

What do you do when you don’t work? 
I’m with my kids. 

How much money do you have on you right now? 
586 Danish kroner.  

What’s in your pocket right now? 
My pockets are always empty. It’s a good thing you didn’t ask what’s in my bag – there wouldn’t be enough space on this page. 

Who’s your best friend? 
I am blessed with several good friends.  

What’s your biggest dream? 
To grow old, wise and happy. 

What’s your biggest nightmare? 
Dying too soon. 

What’s the latest movie you saw or book you read? 
I watched The Shawshank ­Redemption with my 15-year-old son the other day. It is still brilliant. I’m currently reading ­Liberty by Jakob Ejersbo, absolutely mind-blowing. 

What’s your earliest memory? 
Looking up at branches and a sunny sky. 

Who’s your biggest idol or role model? 
David Bowie.  

What would you do if you weren’t an actress? 
I wish I could write. Good scriptwriters have my deepest admiration. 

How would your Oscar speech begin? 
“This is crazy.” 

Which city do you return to? 
London. A great city with the unique quality of being giant and gentle at the same time. 

A funny thing happened to me on the way to… 
A friend and I were so deep in conversation getting off the plane from Vienna, that we walked several kilometers and suddenly found ourselves out on the street. We had somehow exited the international area and came out in domestic arrivals. It took ages to get permission to go back in to get our luggage from the carousel. Maybe it’s more stupid than funny, but we laughed a lot. 

What’s your party trick or hidden talent? 
I can raise one eyebrow. Very poor, I know. 

Aisle, window or middle? 
Window. I never lose the childish joy of looking out at the clouds. And to look down at life on the ground always makes me wonder. It’s a good perspective to get from time to time. 


Text: Gunnar Rehlin

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