COLOSSEUM KINO (See and Hear): This weekend is the premiere of NRK’s new major venture, «Atlantic Crossing». The series has brought in an international star team of actors, who together will give an insight into what it was like for Crown Princess Märtha during World War II.
The story is well known. When Norway was occupied in April 1940, the royal family had to flee. While King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav traveled to England, Crown Princess Märtha took the children, including King Harald, to the United States.
The series will depict what the war years were like for the family in the states, and dives, among other things, into the friendship she gained with President Roosevelt. The series has been much talked about, even before the premiere, which is perhaps not so strange.
Sofia Helin, Tobias Santelmann and Kyle MacLachlan, the latter known from “Twin Peaks” and “Sex and the City”, will immortalize the main characters. A bunch of them were gathered on Tuesday night for the premiere at the Colosseum cinema at Majorstuen in Oslo.
Except for quarantine rules
Helin, known to many as Saga Norén in “Broen”, recently came from her home country Sweden. On the red carpet, there are several who discuss why she does not sit in the statutory quarantine for ten days, but she is actually exempt from that exact rule.
– I have been in quarantine for one day. I have been sitting alone in a hotel room, after I tested myself. It showed I do not have corona, thankfully. I will be here for a few days and work, and then I will go home the day after tomorrow, she says to Se og Hør.
The quarantine obligation does not apply to people who come to Norway for work from red areas in Sweden and Finland. They must test themselves on arrival, and be quarantined until they receive a negative answer to a corona test.
After that, they can go to work, as long as they are quarantined in their spare time. In Helin’s case, this applies when she is not on the red carpet, meets the press or performs other work tasks. Helin says that the coming days will be hectic, which is possibly not so strange – given that they will promote such a large series.
She says that it has been demanding to play Crown Princess Märtha.
– It was a big job. I have had to learn Norwegian and how to behave like royalty. There have been lots of rules to abide by, she says, and continues:
– I also had to learn to be a person who was as in the spotlight as the royals always are. It was very special. It was a long preparation time before we started recording, she says.
– What was the most difficult?
– Surprisingly, it was to be in her shoes for so long. It was a real challenge, to be in a role for so long. The language was not easy either, but luckily I had a good teacher, she says.
She also got some language sparring with Tobias Santelmann, who plays her husband in the series. To Se og Hør, he brags about the “TV wife”, and says that he thinks she was great to work with.
He himself thrived in the role of King Olav.
– We have been allowed to look a little in that room when the curtains are drawn. The relationship between a family we have been allowed to play with a bit, and it has been a lot of fun, he explains.
It is not “just just” getting to know the role of one of the most famous people in Norwegian history. The actor says that he started a research process, but that he quickly found it unnecessary.
– Series creators had a six-year lead on it, so on the set it was just to turn to the director for information, he chuckles.
When asked if he learned anything he did not know about the former king, Santelmann surprisingly answers that he found a common denominator between him and Olav.
– I did not know he had dyslexia. He drives and reads a little sometimes in some scenes, and I do not know if it is included, but I did not know. I have dyslexia myself, so there I and the king would have known a common feature, given, Santelmann says to Se og Hør.
Among other guests present on Tuesday night were Sven Nordin, Robert Stoltenberg, Daniel Kvammen and Thor Gjermund Eriksen.
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