11. The role she credits with really opening her up as an actor is Blanche Dubois of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which Noomi played in her last production at school. “Giving space to her in my soul changed me somehow—that was the first thing I did when I went into myself,” she explained. “The first character that was running through my veins. I was a little bit psychotic. After shows I didn’t remember what happened.” Spooky—but also beautiful.
12. Before she was cast in Neils Arden Oplev’s 2009 Swedish film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi was known primarily as a stage actress. In fact, she was in the middle of a run of a play in Sweden when she found out she was pregnant with her and her then-husband’s child. She was just 23 at the time, but though her colleagues told her she was crazy to derail her career by having a child so young, she thought otherwise: “I’ve never seen it that way. It’s better not to be afraid of things and not to avoid things. I though, Now I know how it is to be pregnant and what’s like to be a mom.” Talk about method acting!
13. Like Rooney Mara would do after her, Noomi went above and beyond to transform herself into Lisbeth Salander. She chopped off and dyed her hair, she got a number of piercings, she didn’t touch pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, or alcohol for a year and a half, and she underwent a rigorous exercise program consisting of kick-boxing and Thai boxing. “I lost 3kg or 4kg, not much, but the look of my body changed completely,” Noomi commented. “I wanted to look less like a woman and more like a boy.”
14. She preps differently for each role, though. For instance, for Sherlock Holmes, she stayed away from the gym, as it would have been wrong for a Victorian-era gypsy. Instead, she studied with a gypsy-dance expert.
15. The three films of The Millenium Trilogy—The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest—were shot together over the course of 18 months. Grueling? Just a bit.
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