Tell us how you ended up in America.
Growing up in Sweden, I decided pretty early on that I wanted to go to acting school. I continued my studies in London to learn English. And I was all set to start working on a cruise ship as a dancer, but I faked an injury at the last minute, took my backpack, and moved to L.A.
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Sounds pretty ballsy.
And I only brought one set of clothes with me! I was in L.A. for two weeks getting called back to auditions with the same shirt on every day. And it was highly recognizable, a pink shirt that said, it’s your lucky day.
And they actually gave you the job?
When the producers called, they told me, “Hey, guess what? It is your lucky day.”
You can probably buy a lot of shirts with your Iron Man money. Tell us about your character, Rebecca.
She’s a fun, freespirited, loud, tough girl who loves to party. I can’t really say much more. I’m not allowed to reveal too much.
Yes! They’re being very strict.
What was it like working with Robert Downey Jr.?
Surreal. Most of the movie was basically improvised. So there was no way to prepare, and there were no warnings if he was just going to run with it and do something crazy.
Speaking of crazy, how was the culture shock moving from Sweden to L.A.?
It was a big change. I didn’t know a soul when I got here, and I didn’t drive. I ended up walking to McDonald’s every day.
While wearing the same shirt?
Yeah, pretty much! I’ve learned a lot since then.
Have you gotten into the wild Hollywood party scene?
I’m a bit boring when it comes to that. I just love to bake chocolate cakes and anything unhealthy. It makes me very popular. Though I don’t know if I could bring them to the set—actors worry about the carbs.
We’re sure your fans would appreciate some home-cooked goodies!
Yeah, maybe that’s what I should do. And they wouldn’t be weirded out at all…getting a brownie…in the mail. But I do read all my fan letters.
Are you on Facebook?
I’m figuring it out. I don’t really know how to use it yet.
Can we be Facebook friends?
Of course! You’ll be, like, my third friend.
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