Actress Kristina Nokto from Sweden, talks about her exciting film career in Hollywood and some exciting projects
Actress Kristina Nokto from Sweden, talks about her exciting film career in Hollywood and some exciting projects she has coming up. Here is what she had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Kristina Nokto and I’m from Stockholm, Sweden. I’ve always had my eye on the wider horizon, therefore, I am now working as an actress in Los Angeles.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I got into performing from quite a young age. When I was five years old I loved to dress up and perform different scenes or characters that I had seen – my parents being my very first audience. Later on, I performed in school and took youth theater courses. One of my earliest roles was as the member of a pirate crew. I felt then what it truly meant to live the life of a character on the stage. It has stuck with me since then.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Growing up, I used to watch stars like Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. They always sort of played these strong female leads and I am still today aspiring for the same type of roles. Another inspiration has been actors such as Laurence Olivier, as well as David Suchet – who is mostly known for his role as Poirot – and Patricia Routledge, who plays Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances. Their ability to create and embody a character is unbelievable and I can never get tired of watching their work.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I’ve studied acting and dancing in Sweden with various teachers. I’ve also trained full-time in London for one year and most recently at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood where I received a full merit scholarship to study.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I’ve done quite a few by now and it’s really hard to choose. Some of the roles that I did at the Academy I definitely loved doing and will remember. One is Miss Leighton in Once in a Lifetime directed by Mary Bleier. She is a secretary and an aspiring actress, just waiting for her chance to shine. Another one is from a play I was in at a theater back home in Stockholm called Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! by Nobel prize winner Dario Fo. In it, I play Margherita, a naïve and insecure housewife, who gets talked into looting a store and later finds herself in the center of a riot.
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
I feel that one of the major ones has definitely been having made the move out here. It has allowed me to truly pursue my dream and to compete in an industry that is completely devoted to the craft of acting and filmmaking.
What projects do you have coming up?
Right now I’m starring as the Tree in L.A Little Theater’s production of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. The show has been extended several times due to popular demand. I’m also about to begin working on a feature film version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I also have another feature film project that’s going to start filming later this year which is still in the writing stage.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Another actor that I’ve always admired a lot is Al Pacino, and I’ve always thought that I would love to act opposite him. Watching his films and all the different roles he has done, I feel that I would learn a lot from him. Another person who has had more recent success would be Jennifer Lawrence. It would be cool to be able to see her in action on the set.
What are your plans for the future?
The future medium of my choice is feature films. Being in this city offers a lot more opportunities of getting involved in interesting projects and working with talented people! I plan to focus on such projects and market myself accordingly. I have a huge love for the theater as well and won’t turn down any such opportunities should they come my way.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Follow your dreams with no hesitation! Do not compromise and do not doubt. Work hard and surround yourself with people who support you. Stay true to yourself and to who you are.
STARS CAME OUT FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE NINTH ANNUAL BRITWEEK PROGRAM
The annual celebration of British creativity runs now until May 3rd and features over 40 events around the city. BritWeek officially launched its 2015 Los Angeles program April 21st, 2015t at an invitation-only BritWeek Red Carpet Launch at the Consul General’s Residence in Hancock Park. The annual celebration of British creativity runs now until May 3rd and features over 40 events around the city . We asked a few celebrities in attendance why they think the UK and USA / Hollywood ) have such a special relationship . VIDEO Includes Paul Oakenfold (Record Producer, DJ), Chris O’Connor (British Consul General LA), Julian Morris , (NEW GIRL) Siobhan Hewlett (REDEMPTION), Anastasia Griffith (ONCE UPON A TIME), William Moseley (THE ROYALS), Mark Rhino Smith (THE LAST SHIP), Walter O’Brien (SCORPION), Jeffrey & Matthew Postlethwaite (PEAKY BLINDERS), Steve Cooke (MUSICIAN), Tom LaBonge (LA COUNCILMEMBER) and Ben Barnes (THE CHRONICLES OF NARINA)
One-of-a-kind Doctor Who costumes were on display as guests sipped on science fiction-inspired cocktails from No.3 London Dry Gin and Belvoir and snapped pics in Walkers Shortbread’s Star-Trek inspired photo booth. Sponsors of the event included Battersea Power Station, BBC Worldwide, and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.
Numerous celebrities in support of BritWeek attended, including BritWeek Co-Founder Nigel Lythgoe, actors Ben Barnes and Julian Morris, and actresses Jeri Ryan and Jacqueline Bisset. Other established guests include BritWeek board member Paul Oakenfold and actors Ioan Gruffudd and William Moseley.
The annual BritWeek program will take over the city with its exciting line-up of events until May 3rd. Art, science, culture, sports, fashion, business, design and entertainment will all be featured as part of the BritWeek program, a non-profit organization celebrating the history, creativity and innovation between the UK and the US.
“Every year, BritWeek’s program changes and evolves,” said BritWeek Founder Nigel Lythgoe, “but this year it is by far one of the most exciting with something for everyone. Come and join us and have a very British BRITWEEK.”
BritWeek recognizes innovation at its BritWeek UK Trade & Investment Business Innovation Awards on April 23rd at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, which will honor Universal Music Group CEO and Chairman, Lucian Grainge and Founder and CEO of i.am+, will.i.am. BritWeek will also bring back its highly successful Film & TV Summit, a day of dynamic panels and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities on May 1, 2015.
This year, BritWeek has begun a brand new exciting initiative: BritWeek, Cording for Kids. Starting with a dynamic coding day for children and concluding with a Hack-a-thon competition and award reception, this day helps children break down barriers as they learn the language of the future.
Art and design are a major focus as BritWeek features a photography exhibition, ‘British Subjects’ co-curated by Julian Lennon and Timothy White at The Sunset Marquis Hotel, as well as British exhibitions at the Getty Center (J.M.W.Turner) and Hammer Museum (Thomas Heatherwick). Thomas Heatherwick will also receive this year’s BritWeek Christopher Guy Design Icon Award. RYCA accepts the first-ever BritWeek Visual Artist of the Year Award.
The successful BritWeek Robertson Retail Stroll with 2015 celebrity ambassador Dominic Sherwood takes place again on April 25th from 11am to 4pm featuring in-store events at Ted Baker, Reiss and Make Up For Ever to name a few. Live music events include Kaiser Chiefs at The Wiltern and a DJ Pool party at Skybar with Evil Twin.
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Hi Victoria, you have been really busy lately with a new project, which is a play. Tell us about that and also a little background on how you became an actress:
When did you decide you wanted to get into acting?
Well, acting is something I have always enjoyed since my childhood. I started drama classes at school.
It was when I finished high school that I decided to take up acting professionally. However, I studied Theatre at the same time as my university degree. I graduated in History while studying Acting in Madrid, where I moved from my home city, in south eastern Spain. Evidently, there are more opportunities in the capital in theatre, with producers and auditions. Step by step, I made my way into the professional world.
Who would you say are some of the best actors of today?
I really admire actors like Michael Fassbender, Al Pacino, Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron.
They are actors who work from real feelings in the depths of themselves, who are entirely dedicated to their work and hide nothing. They give it their everything. They are monsters of performance.
How do you prepare when getting into a new character?
Depending on the type of character, I work on it one way or another. When it is a real person, I study the circumstances of their life, biography, historical context, their fears, traumas, experiences, needs and childhood. I believe you need to have a great knowledge of them to be able to put yourself in their shoes, and identify with them and completely understand them so as to make them part of you. The research of a fictitious character requires that same dedication, of course, but all based on events which never occurred and demand a higher level of creativity because of existing in the realm of fiction. In both cases, it is fundamental to work together with the director and the team of the film or play to create a character which best suits the context of the script and film or play.
Who came up with the idea for your new play?
I had been thinking for quite some time about doing a show about Camille Claudel. I saw an exhibition about her which caught my attention and I became fascinated in her work. Afterwards, I started to investigate about her and her life.
She was a tormented and misunderstood artist who lived at an extremely complex time for a woman, more so a female artist, at the end of the Nineteenth Century. When I came back to New York, I discussed the project with Susan Batson and she was excited about the idea. I was over the moon because working with her is a privilege and I am truly grateful.
What would you like audiences to take away with them after they see this performance?
For me, Camille encapsulates a love of art and a struggle to follow that passion.
She came against the odds of a world dominated by men, sexist establishments and the barriers of the period she lived in. She died isolated in a mental institution, where her family had imprisoned her for thirty years. She never again saw the world. She died absolutely alone. She was cut off from a society as punishment for having pushed it’s limits.
Camille left nothing by the wayside. She was born a fighter. Her passion for life and art, her bravery and dedication are what inspire me about her. What I hope people who come to the show take away from it is part of that marvellous energy, that dignity and the fighting spirit which this great artist represents, as misunderstood as she was unfortunate.
Is there an idea for the next project you would like to do?
I am open to whatever arises and I have already been in conversation about various new projects.
I am going to work in some plays in Spanish here in New York with AENY (an Association of Spanish Artists
I am really keen on this project and am looking forward to working in my native language again. What is more, it means I can reconnect with the type of work I have been doing over the years in Spain.
I am also getting involved in a short film for this summer, which I am really into. However, it is not definite yet and I am committed to secrecy.
Do you prefer being on screen, on stage or both?
The type of work we do in the theatre and in front of the camera are clearly different. Still, I enjoy both.
I love the theatre, the contact with the audience and the energy which you cannot get at the cinema, where the process is more tedious with repeated takes and where you are more limited by the technical conditions.
Nonetheless, it is true that the camera gives you an intimacy which I have always been able to connect with well. It allows you to give a more private performance. In both cases, the processes are different. The end product in the cinema takes a lot longer to see and you know on many occasions that it does not depend only on you, but various other factors.
When can we expect your new play to be out?
We have a première date for the beginning of September. I have a summer of intensive rehearsals before me. Yet, as I said, I am very excited and emotional about the project.