I Didn't Think I'd Be Alivetoday.My Life Has Changed ALOTANDIHAVE Changedalot; TURNAROUND NOOMI RAPACE ON SAVOURING HER SUCCESS

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I Didn't Think I'd Be Alivetoday.My Life Has Changed ALOTANDIHAVE Changedalot; TURNAROUND NOOMI RAPACE ON SAVOURING HER SUCCESS


Byline: GEMMA DUNN reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

ACTRESS Noomi Rapace considers herself incredibly lucky to have enjoyed the success she has.

The 37-year-old star of the Swedish adaptations of the Millennium film series said: "You know if you would've seen me maybe 15 years ago, I didn't think I would be alive today.

"My life has changed a lot, and I've changed a lot."

Noomi - who was nominated for a Bafta for her portrayal of anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander - has gone from hardly speaking any English to carving out a career as one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

And it's a transformation even she herself finds hard to believe.

"I feel very blessed," said Rapace, who has starred in gritty action flicks, including Dead Man Down, The Drop and Ridley Scott's blockbuster hit Prometheus.

"I'm working with the most amazing, incredible people in my industry," she added. "I still get shy, I'm still in awe. I meet people who want to work with me and I can't really understand how that happened and when it happened. But I'm very humble and I don't take anything for granted."

Swedish-born Rapace has just finished filming Stockholm, a thriller based on the capital's infamous 1973 hostage crisis.

As she struggles to put one character aside - "I'm not going back to myself, I need to find a new me because I always change" - she's ready to talk about another. Or seven, in fact, for her impressive stint in Netflix original film What Happened To Monday? A dystopian thriller set in the not-so-distant future, Rapace stars as a set of septuplets in hiding from the government after overpopulation and famine have forced a one-child policy.

It's a topic she hopes, while drastic, will leave viewers questioning the kind of world we're living in.

"If we don't start to be more responsible and more aware of the consequences of our actions, we can end up in a pretty bad situation soon.

"It's interesting, my son is very aware of the environment. He's tried to convince me to get an electric car, and he doesn't want to have beef in our house because of political reasons," Rapace says, beaming with pride at the mere mention of her 13-year-old, her only child with ex-husband Ola Rapace.

"I think the younger generation are more aware and they are responsible," she added. "He's very aware of stuff and he's already fighting for a better world."

But she tries not to worry for him growing up in uncertain times.

"We live in a world where so much destruction [is] happening, it's hard to take in," she said. "My heart is just breaking every day, so I decided a couple of years ago to focus on what I believe in and what I want and what I find beautiful.

"I've spent too many years of my life being angry and fighting and being upset and being against things," she declares, head in hands. "I was very fearless but on the edge of just stupidity, and I'm fighting a different war now. Now I try to believe in love and forgiveness."

Today Rapace's release comes in the form of her work - the "total freedom" she feels when she's in character. …

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