Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has
enough work in both Europe and Hollywood.
Source: IS.FI - November 12, 2015
"At the top of my life is family," he
Nyqvist has been with the Swedish-born Catharina
Ehrnrooth for 22 years and almost twenty as her husband.
"I asked my wife when she was in love with me. She
replied that I am wonderful but also awkward," Nyqvist
Nyqvist has appeared in the Finnish movie "Mother of
Mine"... Now he plays Chancellor Axel von
Oxenstierna in Mika Kaurismäki's movie "The Girl King".
- I've always liked the Kaurismäki brothers Mika and
Aki. We have met often and understandably Mika is more
talkative about Aki. We have friends with Mika, so we've
been in a lot of work."
Once Mika and Michael met, Mika began
talking about his project for "The Girl King". Nyqvist
says that he was interested in the manuscript's
diversity and the chancellor role.
In the film, Nyqvist plays a close advisor to Queen
Kristina of Sweden (1626-1689). Kristina did not think
about marriage, but wanted to offer education to her
subjects, and to cherish sciences and end the 30-year
war between Protestants and Catholics.
When "The Girl King" was presented at the Montreal World
Film Festival, the audience chose it as the best movie
and Malin Buska, who plays Kristina, received the best
female prize award.
"The film tells you what it was before and what it is
now. Much has not changed and the story serves a good
perspective for today," says Nyqvist.
Michael Nyqvist has made films in his own country and
worldwide. He is grateful for his Hollywood
opportunities but says he enjoys living in Sweden.
"I've been living in New York for six
years, but my country is always home and Hollywood
producers have been looking at Europe for years in their
acting choices," says Nyqvist. "I do not think Hollywood
has any sense of reality in my mind. Europeans have to
explain to American filmmakers what is reality and
history, for we have it. Americans just build their
He says, "I admit I'm spoiled because
I can make movies in Europe and America. I would not
have thought that in American films the performance made
me so well-known. In my career, I most appreciate the
respect for my work."
Nyqvist has performed with numerous
well-known actors. He says Pierce Brosnan is a really
nice man... In Nyqvist's view, Ray Winston has a great
presence in everything he does. From Finnish actors he
says Ville Virtanen and Antti Reini are, in his opinion,
He says, "Ville and Antti do
not stress over their profession. They have enough
self-esteem. He says, "Most Hollywood actors are
insecure and therefore need a large number of assistants
around them. I do not have that kind of life."