Noomi Rapace biographyNoomi Rapace is a Swedish actress who became famous for her role as Lisbeth Salander in the films based on Stieg Larsson’s works called the Millennium.
Childhood and youthRapace was born on December 28, 1979, in the Swedish city of Hudiksvall. Her mother, a Swede Nina Noren (born Christina Noren, 1954), was an actress, and her father, a Spaniard Rogelio Duran (1953 - 2006) was a flamenco singer. The actress says that perhaps Gypsy blood flew in her father’s veins and that she has always been interested in this culture.
Noomi’s parents broke up soon after the baby was born. Her mother married again and moved to Iceland with her new husband and Noomi. The actress almost did not communicate with her father and met with him only before his death. Noomi has a twin sister Særún, who works as a photographer.
CareerNoomi got her first film role when she was 7 years old. It was a bit role without words in the film «In the Shadow of the Raven» by the Icelandic director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. It was this experience that prompted Rapace to become an actress.
Noomi went to school, where they turned a blind eye to students’ problems, and teachers, in principle, did not trouble themselves to check homework. The actress confessed that she was a «wild teenager» in her youth, listened to punk rock, did judo, and was not afraid to apply combat skills in life, and up to the age of 15, she even wrote in her native language with terrifying mistakes.
At the age of 15, Noomi left her home to study at the Stockholm theater school. In 1996, Rapace made her television debut: the girl got a part in the TV series «Tre Kronor». Within 2000-2003, after studying at the Skara Skolscen Acting School Noomi managed to work in five different theaters in Stockholm.
In 2007, Rapace received recognition from the audience after the role of a teenage mother in the Danish drama «Daisy Diamond». For a brilliant performance of the character with a difficult disposition, Noomi received two prestigious film awards in Denmark (Robert Award and Bodil Awards), and the film was chosen to participate in the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
In 2009, Noomi received a role that changed her life: the role of a hacker girl named Lisbeth Salander in the film adaptation of the Swedish bestselling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She was getting the feel of her part for a long time: her temples were shaved, she dyed her hair black, got a piercing, went on a tough diet, and spent hours doing kickboxing in the gym. As a result, by the start of filming, passers-by sometimes confused her with a man.
For her efforts, Rapace won the Guldbagge Award (Sweden’s highest award) and was nominated for a BAFTA and European Film Award. The viewers admired her since she was so original, so sincere, so unlike the bored actresses, tailored according to the same Hollywood pattern. Later Rapace played Salander in the sequels of the film, released the same year.
On September 11, 2010, newspapers reported that Rapace was offered her first role in English in the film «Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows» by Guy Ritchie. The actress portrayed Madame Simza Heron, a gypsy helping Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) ruin Professor Moriarty’s cunning plans in Europe. The film was released in 2011.
In the same year, Noomi received one of the leading roles in Ridley Scott’s film «Prometheus» (2012). The eminent film director saw the girl in the image of Salander and realized that he was struck by her acting skills: «Sharp, bright, angry ... I have not seen this actress before, but I could not miss her». Noomi gladly accepted the offer, since at one time she was struck by «Alien» with Sigourney Weaver, perhaps, the first strong female character in the cinema, who set an incredibly high bar for actresses. Rapace did not star in the sequel «Alien: Testament « (2017). She appeared in a prologue dedicated to the main characters of the blockbuster.
Noomi confessed that she was pleased to be constantly shot in Hollywood. She calls her native Sweden «an emotional prison». Subsequently, she moved to London, where she finally felt herself at home.
In November 2012, the actress could be seen in the Rolling Stones video for the song Doom And Gloom, shot by Luc Besson.
I have a difficult disposition. I inherited little from my mother, who, like most Swedes, is very calm, does not like to stand out, and does not express her thoughts out loud. If I am angry, it is better not to come up to me; if I am happy, I am truly happy. I will never hide what is on my mind, even if I have to come into conflict.
In 2013, Rapace along with Rachel McAdams appeared in the erotic thriller «Passion». McAdams starred in «Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows» too, but the actresses did not intersect in the same sequence. Rapace with deep scars on her face being the result of many hours effort by make-up artists, also played in the thriller «Dead Man Down», working on the set with Isabelle Huppert and Colin Farrell.
Noomi Rapace starred in the Rolling Stones video
In 2015, the actress performed the lead role as Raisa Demidova in the thriller «Child 44» by the Swedish director Daniel Espinosa. Noomi’s partner was Tom Hardy, with whom Rapace had already managed to work and make friends on the set of the film «The Drop» in the previous year.
On May 12, 2015, it was announced that Rapace would portray opera singer Maria Callas in the biographical production by New Zealand director Niki Caro («North Country», «The Vintner’s Luck», «McFarland, USA»).
Six months later, news appeared in the media that Rapace would portray Amy Winehouse in a new biographical picture about the life of the late singer. Irishwoman Kirsten Sheridan («Disco Pigs», «August Rush») was chosen as the director of the film.
At the end of August 2017, the fantasy thriller «What Happened to Monday» directed by Tommy Wirkola was released on screens, in which Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe played in addition to Noomi.
In December 2017, David Ayer’s «Bright» was released, which was about a complicated case in the fictional fantasy world of Los Angeles. In the action movie, the leading roles were played by Rapace, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.
In 2018, the film by Canadian director Robert Budreau «Stockholm» was released, which tells about the notorious case of hostage-taking in a bank in the capital of Sweden in August 1973. Besides Noomi, the film also starred Mark Strong and Ethan Hawke.
Noomi Rapace personal lifeIn 2001, Noomi became the wife of 26-year-old Swedish actor Ola Norell. The actress met her future husband in the company of mutual friends in Gothenburg. The couple in love together decided to change their surname to «Rapace», which means «predatory bird» in French.
In 2003, a son, Lev was born to the couple. However, family happiness did not last long. Journalists say that the marriage of Rapace started to crumble back in 2006. Ola became a cocaine addict, almost stopped acting, and spent the nights with friends more and more often. In September 2010, the couple filed for divorce.
In February 2015, the actress appeared on the red carpet with her new boyfriend, 24-year-old Sanny Dahlbeck. However, only six months later, the lovers broke up. Apparently, now Rapace’s heart is free.
In addition to her native Swedish language, Noomi is fluent in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, and English.
Noomi Rapace nowThe actress played the lead roles in the thriller «Close» and «Angel Of Mine», both of which were released in 2019, but viewers did not show much enthusiasm for them, unlike the series «Jack Ryan» starring the actor and director John Krasinski. The premiere of the second season took place in November 2019.
In 2020, the movie The Secrets We Keep was released - in which Noomi starred in the lead role with Yuelle Kinnaman. At the same time, the actress was working on the film Hearts of Stone with Jessica Bardem. The list of upcoming projects with Rapace also includes films Callas, Brilliance, and Alive Alone with Idris Elba, but the fate of these films is still unknown.
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