Magazine article Variety

Hera Hilmar

Magazine article Variety

Hera Hilmar

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MOM'S THE WORD

Between seasons of shooting the Starz historical fantasy skein "Da Vinci's Demons," where she plays Vanessa Moschella, a free-spirited Florentine barmaid and now expectant mother to the Medici heir, Hera Hilmar returned to her homeland to star in Baldvin Zophoniasson's "Life in a Fishbowl," a contempo drama that became Iceland's biggest hit of 2014. Her performance as a single mother with personal baggage won her kudos, including an Icelandic Film Award as best actress, and a place among the Berlinale's 2015 Shooting Stars.

BORN INTO THE BIZ

Hilmar (known in Iceland as Hilmarsdottir), 26, is the daughter of director Hilmar Oddsson and actress Thorey Sigthorsdottir, and got her start as a child in several of her father's films. She studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating in 2011 with a flawless British accent, as well as an award for outstanding drama student. …

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