Silje Reinamo „Thale was such an unusual production in every way“

Silje Reinamo ist eine Norwegische Schauspielerin, deren Film Thale – ein dunkles Geheimnis vor einigen Tagen in Deutschland auf DVD und Blu-ray erschienen ist.

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How did your passion for acting develop? Do you remember a particular moment in your life when you decided that you wanted to be an actor? 

I grew up in a music oriented home and I got a lot of culture for free in my living room growing up. When I was 16 I started to develop a passion for the stage, starting off with dancing and at the time I was also playing instruments. I was 19 when I first fell in love with acting and it happened when I started on a musical theatre course and I met one of the teachers there. She was from Czech and she introduced me to the world of acting. I discovered that this was where my biggest talent and passion was, and I haven’t looked back since. My teacher is 90 years today and a dear friend of mine. She taught me so much.  

In Germany, many actors start their careers at the theatre and proceed to work in television / the movies only later. Is it the same in Norway? Where did you start your career? 

Most actors start at the theatre in Norway as well. I guess it is like this most places especially for trained actors. Most drama schools revolve their training around stage technique, and I feel like this is a good base for every actor. It is kind of like learning classical ballet although you want to be a tap dancer.  

„Thale“ called in Germany “ Thale – Ein dunkles Geheimnis“ releases in Germany a few days ago on dvd and bluray. What do you remember when you think of the production? 

First thing that pops into my mind is amazing team work… and hard work. We were only 5 people for a long time involved in Thale, we still have this ongoing Facebook thread that has been going on since 2009 when the idea of making a feature film first started. Thale was such an unusual production in every way… we filmed it over a long period and under very unusual circumstances. What has happened the last year has truly been a fairytale for everyone involved in the production. It is so cool to see the film reach it’s audience all over the world, and quite strange as well as its been a while since we wrapped it.  On set I remember being very cold… and feeling very naked… and laughing a lot. 


As an actor in a Norway-Movie, how much freedom do you have to interpret your character? 

I guess that all depends on the director you are working with. So far I feel like I have a lot of freedom when it comes to interpretation, and most of the time the directions you get only helps your performance grow. That brings me to the most important thing for me which is trusting the director. That is why I love working with Aleksander who directed Thale. As an actor you are so vulnerable in front of the camera, you really need that second eye because sometimes with camera work the best result can feel like the most horrendous and unnatural thing when filming. I guess a lot of the interpretation of the role also happens in the editing room. Really, you don’t have much control when it comes down to it. I guess this is why team work is what its all about. Every part of a film production is equally important in my eyes. Ps. Can you tell now that i have been taught well from a Czech teacher? You know they were all about the ensemble theatre. Working together as a team. 

What are your plans for the future? Where will we see you next? 

I am involved with quite a few new feature films, so hopefully you will se me a lot in the years to come. I would like to invite you all to follow my official facebook site and follow my journey: 

 When you think about Germany, what’s your first thought? 

It´s hopeless to answer this question without thinking of the second world war. We learn so much about it in school, because it is important not to forget and also the fact that it happened not so long ago. But mostly I think of a rich and varied cabaret, theatre, music and musical scene. I wish I knew German because there seem to be so much happening in your country for actors. 

Have you ever been in Germany? 

Yes, but not very long. I travelled through when I went on an interrail when I was 16. Hopefully you will love Thale so much that I will be invited back:) 


Do you want to say something special to the German fans? 

Ich liebe dich!

With who would you not like to sit in a sauna? 

A mass murderer. That would totally freak me out… 

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