Alba August

Alba August


Alba August, born June 6, 1993 in Denmark, Copenhagen1,2, is a Danish-Swedish actress.


Alba August is the daughter of director Bille August and actress and director Pernilla August.

She began her acting career as a child actor and made her debut in a minor role in her father’s film, A Song for Martin (2001).

Alba Adéle August (born 6 June 1993) is a Danish-Swedish actress.

She is the daughter of Danish director Bille August and Swedish actress and director Pernilla August.

August started as a child actor and debuted in a minor role in her father’s film A Song for Martin (2001). In 2017, August was cast in the Danish language Netflix series The Rain.

Alba August: “My love stories are complicated”

At 25, Alba August is one of the rising Scandinavian actresses of her generation. Not surprisingly with a pedigree like hers: she is the daughter of Bille (“Les Misérables”, “A night train to Lisbon”) and Pernilla August (“Star Wars”). His turn to shine from May 8, 2019 with “Astrid”, a touching biopic on the life of the writer Astrid Lindgren. Confidences.

With a director dad and an actress and producer mother, it is impossible for Alba August to escape the sirens of the 7th Art. Even if, by her own admission, she had promised herself not to follow the path of her elders, for a short “punk” period. On the poster for the Danish series The Rain available on Netflix, we find Alba August as Sweden’s most famous writer, Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking, Ronya, daughter of a brigand) in the biopic of Pernille Fischer Christensen : Astrid. This tribute film evokes the great moments that turned the life of this feminist artist upside down before her time, following her emancipation from her 17 to 21 years. A real challenge for the young actress, who tells us more about her character and what he brought her.

Le Journal des Femmes: How did you work on your character?

Alba August: I went to the casting and the story of Astrid Lindgren touched me. I only knew her as an artist. Showing her background and talking about the suffering experienced by these women is important. I had to learn the hi-hat, shorthand, how to type on a typewriter … My neighbors still remember! (laughs) I took over Astrid Lindgren’s language and body habits. For example, she rolled the “-r” a lot.

Where is the difficulty when performing a world famous artist?

Alba August: People have a real connection with Astrid Lindgren because she was a part of their childhood. But his private life is not known to the general public. I felt a kind of pressure when I realized that she was famous all over the world. This role was a challenge, but Pernille (Fischer Christensen, the director, Editor’s note) trusted me. The whole difficulty was to go from adulthood to adolescence and vice versa. And I got sick during the shooting! I was just throwing up, but they were waiting for me to film. Being the main character can be tricky. Pernille helped me overcome this loneliness.

At the beginning of the film, we discover a young woman full of life, who makes fun of the eyes of others. Astrid prefers to dance alone on the floor instead of waiting for a boy to come and court her. What personality traits do you share with your character?
Alba August: This scene was a great improv time! This is my favorite because I had fun. The funny thing is we filmed in Germany and the extras were expecting a very classic ballroom scene … Instead, they saw me jiggling around the floor by myself. (Laughs) Astrid is very sensitive, empathetic. She knew how to keep her childish side and me too. I am a spontaneous person who thinks that anything is possible.

What did you remember when you slipped into the shoes of this author?

Alba August: Astrid Lindgren followed her heart. She didn’t really have a goal, but listened to his intuition. She was a rebel, an inspiring woman for the time because of her career and her humble origin. This is an example to follow: she dared to be something other than pretty.

You grew up in a household where the cinema had a special place. Is it a defect or an added value to be the daughter of two great figures of this universe?
Alba August: I only realize who my parents are when people tell me about it. I think having parents who understand what I’m doing and who have been there is a plus because they show me which way to take. They give me the tools to take charge of my life. If they were my age, our relationship might have been difficult, but they are so old! (laughs)

“I knew how to keep my part of a child.”

Did you experience Astrid Lindgren’s world as a child? What does she mean to you now that you know her better than anyone else?

Alba August: She was part of my childhood. In Sweden, his books are better known than the Bible! From now on, she is no longer that woman of letters with the funny glasses that I knew. She’s part of me, you could say she’s a friend.

It’s a biopic that chronicles the struggles of a woman in difficult times. Did you add a personal touch to your performance?
Alba August: I’m a complex person and so is the script. In the film, the love story ends badly … Astrid says “no” because she is called elsewhere. I asked the director if Astrid shouldn’t end up with this man and she replied: “I don’t know, it’s complicated!”. My love stories are similar: nothing is neither all white nor all black, it is always: “I love you but …”

Other than acting, what makes you tick?

Alba August: I love to sing! And cook too, but more in the sense of working the ingredients to create something. As a child, I loved to paint and make small objects. I like to work with my hands but I don’t have time anymore … I will try to find it.

Biopic, science fiction series … What kinds of stories do you prefer to tell?

Alba August: I want more stories about women! We make films about WWII, but I want to know what women did during that period. We need more female characters and women to achieve … We must stop doing what is expected of us and do what we want. Pernille Fischer Christensen could not have made this film about an average woman at the beginning of the 20th century. It is the celebrity of Astrid Lindgren who made the project possible.

“Astrid and I have become friends!”

Scandinavian countries are often seen as being ahead on gender issues. Have you ever felt a difference in respect for women during your career?
Alba August: Recently, while filming in Sweden, I felt oddly safe because there were a lot of women in the technical and production areas. On the set, there were as many men as women, the atmosphere was great! Change starts with small touches.

Any other projects apart from the “The Rain” series?

Alba August: In September 2019, I will be showing Quick, a film about the true story of Thomas Quick, convicted of murders which he accused himself but did not commit. I play the role of Jenny Kuttim, a journalist who seeks answers with her colleague, Hannes Råstam (Jonas Karlsson). They are trying to understand this crazy story that shook society and Swedish justice.

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