Source: Trelleborgs Allehanda [Translated and
Date: November 7, 2015
Despite all of his fame, Michael
Nyqvist is still consumed by self-doubt. He is one of
Sweden's foremost actors with success in both Lars
Norén's plays and in the movie "Sĺ som i himlen".
The world's success of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium
Trilogy" has plunged him into stardom and opened an
international career with film recordings in Italy,
France and Hollywood.
Michael: "It's fun working around the
world and meeting colleagues."
The day after this interview, he goes
to Denmark to play a defense lawyer - a main role in
Michael: "It's damn hard, but I like challenges."
Despite world fame, the thirst is unmistakable after
confirmation and self-doubt is constantly reminded. He
still remembers the pain from the premiere night of "Antigone"
at Dramaten twelve years ago. As he bowed for the
applause, he snapped up a comment from a lady in the
first row: "He was not so good."
The self-despair is a result of his adolescent
Michael: "It's with me every step I
take every day, good and bad. In some way, I can feel
like a second sorting - someone did not want me from the
beginning. On the other hand, I know that there is
always an alternative, a kind of adoptive family. If I
get into a bad environment, I do not have to stand out.
It has given me freedom and made me search for different
places in my work."
When the questioning drive goes on inboard gives a good
sense of self-esteem. It probably originates from the
Michael: "My adoptive mother was very driven not to take
shit. I liked that."
And his father was a criminal lawyer.
And the legal patronage infected him as a teenager.
Michael: "I wanted to be Raoul Wallenberg and save
people. I had empathy, but did not know how to use it. I
In his eagerness to understand events, he treated people
unfairly, apparently with great conviction.
Just over a decade later, 30-year-old Michael Nyqvist
participated in Lars Norén's play "Personkrets 3: 1",
about the outcasts in society.
Michael: "It was my breakthrough as an actor. The road
there was just an obstacle course."
Now 25 years have passed, but the drive has remained the
Michael: "I'm curious about how
people act. About two percent of humanity has been given
actor support so you have to manage your gift well. It's
wonderful to be a languageist that helps people
understand themselves. Once someone has understood a
role, one realizes something that one cannot dare say to