It's a little surprising to see Noomi Rapace as a blonde. And not just a blonde — she's even got a streak of pink running down her braid. And gold necklaces and earrings shouting words like "boom." It's a far cry from her star-making work in "the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," or even Nadia, the guarded former drug addict she plays in "the Drop" alongside Tom Hardy. And it looks like all that blonde hair is having an effect on her.
What brought that on?
Oh, the pink? I'm all into pink now. (laughs) It's my blonde me. I don't know, it's interesting. I went blonde for a movie, and it kind of effects you. When I was doing "the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," after that I couldn't wear black for like a year, and I love black. And then a couple of years ago I came back to being able to wear black, and now I'm into pink and red and stuff. Complete identity crisis. (laughs)
Are you going to start looking for role that are more…?
Pink? Barbies, yeah. I want to do a f---ed up Barbie character. That would be awesome. I would like to do like a "Natural Born Killers" story. (laughs)
I would watch that.
For me, I think I like the transformation. When I read a script, I always ask myself, what do I need to do? Who is this person and how will I become her? I can gain weight, I can lose weight, I can shave my head, I can be blonde, I can do piercings. I do pretty much anything. I made a decision when I was 22 that I will never make a choice out of vanity. It doesn't matter if I'm ugly in a movie. I have let that go, because I can't work if I'm worried about how I look. And someone like Tom Hardy, he's the same. We have that in common. Whatever is needed for the character is always more important than your own personal issues.
Is there anything a role has required that you've just thought was too much or going too far?
No, not yet. (laughs) Although I did a movie called "Daisy Diamond" that was really quite far out. I played a woman who has a baby and can't take care of it. She loses control and actually kills the baby in the middle of the film and then becomes a prostitute. It won a ton of prizes in some countries, and other countries — like Sweden — did not like the movie. So it's interesting to see how different cultures take it, how in Sweden they saw the movie and judged it while in Denmark I won every prize. I like to provoke, to be like a nail in the eye, to go in and scratch, to do things that are not always comfortable.
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