21. They eventually met for the first time in LA in 2010. At their second meeting in London a month later, Ridley told Noomi he wanted her for the role of Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus. Done and done!
22. Noomi only learned to speak English a few years ago. When the Swedish film of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo got the American film industry’s attention in 2009, she decided that now was a good time to learn the language. She really buckled down—just three years later, she’s fluent. How’s that for linguistic skills?
23. Bizarrely, when Noomi first arrived in Hollywood, all of the directors and producers who met with her were surprised that she wasn’t anything like Lisbeth Salander. Noomi’s manager, Shelley Browning, recalled her response: “I said, ‘What did you expect? She was going to come in on a Harley with a leather jacket and piercings?’ And they said: ‘No, but like, nothing! She’s beautiful, she’s funny, she’s feminine.’ It wasn’t like one or two people called me,” Shelley continued, “It was like everybody called me.” Ah, showbiz!
24. What’s next for Noomi? Well, it’s been a big year for her so far, and it’s only going to get bigger. In addition to Dead Man Down, her film Passion directed by Brian de Palma and costarring Rachel McAdams debuted at the Venice Film Festival
25. PLUS (just in case that wasn’t enough for you), she’ll be working with her ex-husband on Knockout, a biopic focusing on Swedish boxer Bosse Hogberg and his romance with cabaret singer Anita Lindblom, as well as starring in Animal Rescue and Prometheus 2.
One thing’s for sure: We can expect only good things from Noomi Rapace in the future!
Above: Noomi in ‘Dead Man Down.’
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.