Mar. 22nd, 1955
Stockholm, Stockholms lan, Sweden
Lena Olin's Main TV Roles
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Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by 'Ingmar Bergman'. Her father. 'Stig Olin', was also an actor and played in six of Bergman's films. Lena also belongs to the Bergman "family." As a young actress, she played in the great classics of 'William Shakespeare', 'Henrik Ibsen' and 'August Strindberg'. She made her international debut as a movie actress in Efter Repetitionen (1984) (TV) (aka "After the Rehearsal"), directed by Bergman. In western Europe she became well known in the political movie The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) as Sabina, in a story about the Prague spring (1968).
After coming to the US, she played mostly distinguished, exotic temptresses, intelligent women and crude vamps. Bergman had developed Lena's artistic gift to play different human emotions and express them in a subtle way. 'Sydney Pollack', director of Out of Africa (1985), rewrote the screenplay for Havana (1990) especially for her. This explains why this film recalls associations with the classic _Casablanca (1942), starring 'Ingrid Bergman', also from Sweden. Olin received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in _Enemies: A Love Story (1989). She went on to have a choice role in _Chocolat (2000), which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She made a move to the smaller screen and played the role for one season as the deliciously evil Irina Derevko, the mother to Jennifer Garner's "Sydney Bristow" in the series Alias (2001). Olin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
- Lena has said in a Swedish interview that contact with others got her to act, even very early as a child, describing it as "an uncontrolled need of contact" and to "invent things": She remembers when she was seven and in love with a boy and staged an argument with him and then acted out a faked concussion. She got carried home as he apparently believed her: It ended with him coming home to her with apples and Andy Pandy books.
- Daughter of actor 'Stig Olin' (qv) and actress 'Britta Holmberg' (qv).
- Stepmother of 'Lasse Hallström' (qv)'s son 'Johan Hallström (II)' (qv).
- Considered for the role of Maria Ruskin in _The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)_ (qv).
- Had son Auguste with Swedish actor and Royal Dramatic Theatre colleague 'Örjan Ramberg' (qv).
- Before becoming an actress Lena worked both as a sub teacher (in languages) and as a hospital nurse (she first studied medicine at university) back in Sweden.
- Stated in a May 2005 interview with "TV Guide" that, along with her appearances in the final two episodes of Season 4 of _"Alias" (2001)_ (qv), she is open to appearing in Season 5 as well.
- Was a top student. Graduated with 4,9 average in her graduation scores (the highest in Sweden is 5.0). After failing twice in the test for drama school, she began to study medicine at university to become a doctor. However, she was convinced by 'Ingmar Bergman' (qv) (who had directed her father in several films and watched Lena play amateur theater) to try a third time. She did and was admitted (and gave up medicine).