WHAT’S YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE COLLECTION?
“There are a lot of beautiful dresses, lace and floral prints. I found myself admiring all the men's pieces the most, especially the oversized wool suits. At lunchtime, the stylists let me wear the dark blue checked suit, which was way too big for me, and secretly dance around like David Byrne.”
HOW IMPORTANT IS FASHION TO YOU?
“I think fashion and style have very little to do with each other. Sometimes fashion can even conceal style and paradoxically make personal creativity more conservative and less personal. The fashion industry is of course fundamentally built on creative, talented people, who think in new and different ways. A complex and demonstrative aesthetic can absolutely be interesting, but through the process of actually reaching people, I think that the fashion industry has formed a pretty superficial and vain image and does not appear to me as especially important. Style, however, is something completely different and does not have anything to do with brands, money or conventional beauty. Style can be a representation of personality or a desire to do so, directly put together and created by pure inspiration.”
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO PURSUE ACTING? WHAT DREW YOU TO IT?
“I’ve been acting in small groups since I was a little kid, but my first real acting job was in a Norwegian movie called Rosemarie, directed by the amazing Sara Johnsen who taught me a lot of useful lessons. That movie was the catalyst and opened doors to new cool projects.”
LET’S TALK ABOUT SKAM. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WORK ON SUCH A MONUMENTAL TV SHOW?
“Skam is, believe it or not, a pretty low-key, low-budget production. Literally all the other actors went to my school and all the extras were in my class. We were just one big gang making a show about life as a teen in Oslo, which is our life, basically. Then suddenly it blew up and got unbelievably big, but we continued just as before: bringing our own clothes to set and putting lipstick on in the school toilets the minute before the camera started rolling.”
HOW HAS THE SHOW CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
“Actually, my way of using social media is what has changed the most. The show made me realize how massive the Internet is and how accessible the things you post are. I was shocked when I starting finding screenshots from videos that friends of classmates had posted on Snapchat on fan pages in Japan. It made me quite anxious and stressed out, so I changed my way of using social media completely. Now I use Facebook occasionally and only have four friends on Snapchat.”