Mar. 22nd, 1955
Stockholm, Stockholms lan, Sweden
Lena Olin's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - The Reader
2008 - The Reader
2007 - Awake
2005 - Casanova
2003 - Hollywood Homicide
2002 - Darkness
2002 - Queen of the Damned
2000 - Chocolat
1999 - The Ninth Gate
1999 - Mystery Men
1998 - Hamilton
1998 - Polish Wedding
1995 - Lumière et compagnie
1993 - Mr. Jones
1988 - The Unbearable Lightness of Being
1976 - Ansikte mot ansikte
Guest TV Roles
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.
- Moved permanently to the US in 1995 together with husband 'Lasse Hallström' (qv) (as both their international careers developed separately) and the couple have since then been resident in Bedford, New York. However, they still have their summer house in Sweden (located in the Swedish province of Skåne) where the family spend their summer holidays as well as an apartment in Stockholm.
- Has a fine singing voice. Recorded, a.o., Swedish song "Människors glädje" (written and composed by her father 'Stig Olin' (qv)) and Swedish country/folk tune "Sommarbrevet (Jag skrev ett brev)" in the 1970s (Polar Music, Sweden).
- Failed twice - both times in the very last test - two years in a row before she was accepted the third time at Sweden's prestigious National Theatre Academy (Teaterhögskolan) in 1976.
- Considered for the role of Maria Ruskin in _The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)_ (qv).
- Considered for the role of Catwoman in _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Member of Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre (1980-1994).
- 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.