Magazine article Variety

Susanne Wuest

Magazine article Variety

Susanne Wuest

Article excerpt

BREAKTHROUGH

ROLE

Austrian actress Susanne Wuest galvanized international audiences at the Venice Festival last year in horror pic "Goodnight Mommy." Since then, the 35-year-old thesp had more than half a dozen projects either in the can or on her agenda, including Gore Verbinski's horror-mystery "A Cure for Wellness," which she's currently filming.

FIRST ACT

Wuest grew up in rural Austria, with no TV in the

home, she says. "When my parents took me to the theater for the first time, it was overwhelming, and I saw that's what I wanted to do. It didn't make them very happy!"

FEARLESS FLIER

After high school, Wuest joined Vienna's Volkstheater. "When you are 18 or 19, you have such faith in things. I just showed up and asked to work there, and they took me in. But it's not something I would do now," she laughs. She's worked with top

Austrian directors, including Goetz Spiel man n ("Antares") and Jessica Hausner ("Toast"), and like almost every German-speaking actor, did an episode of long-running police detective series "Tatort. …

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