Noomi Rapace is having the best time of her life – WWD

If there’s a Palme d’Or awarded for having fun, it should go to Noomi Rapace. Because she is clearly having the best time of this Cannes Film Festival, attending all the dinners and late nights, not forgetting to see 21 films in 12 days.

The actress benefits from her experience as a member of the competition’s main jury. In her hotel suite dressed in a sculpted Céline dress and diamonds by Chopard, Rapace is stretched out on her bed surrounded by racks of dresses, shoes and jewelry. Every night, she falls asleep “as excited as a kid”. His energy is contagious.

“I feel so amazed, surprised and inspired by all the people around me and all the movies,” she told WWD, careful not to give any indication of which ones are her favorites so far. . This information is being carefully kept under wraps until the final selection is revealed on Saturday.

“We talk about what’s good and what’s bad, I don’t think it really matters, it must be something for you. What is “good” and what is “bad”? I love movies that stay with me and stick with me,” she says of the debate with her fellow panelists.

“It’s a matter of instinct, a bit like falling in love and feeling something. I don’t want to be too analytical and too political and too reflective. If I’m being brutally honest, I still know that. Then I can dance and be more diplomatic and I also try to stay open to what other members of the jury might add or their views on things,” she says of the discussion process. “I also learn from this. It’s a bit like going to school. »

The invitation to be part of the jury represented something more than just red carpets at the most glamorous film festival in the world. “It was like an invitation to be part of the family. I really feel like the festival is such a small group, everyone is really involved and there aren’t many people in the circle. What unites everyone is a passionate love for cinema,” she says.

The call from artistic director Thierry Frémaux opens the aqueduct. “I was really crying.”

The darkness of the movie theater soothes the nerves of walking the red carpet. “I mean, that’s what I love. I love celebrating other filmmakers, actors and standing there and doing rugs for other people. I get such pleasure out of it. It’s like if it was my drug,” she says.

Thirteen years after the movie that launched her into international stardom as Lisbeth Salander in the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” she swears she hasn’t watched it and probably never will. Rapace does not like to come back.

“I never want to be hit with my own vanity again and start making decisions and adjusting,” she says. Even on the set, she will watch takes for technical reasons – fights, sex scenes – but stop there and let the moment live at its own pace. “I try to keep a hazy innocence in my own performances, because I really want to put it in the hands of the director to guide me. I know I’m going to start correcting myself for the wrong reasons, and I made the decision when I was 22 to never make a decision out of vanity.

And therein lies the contradiction of being an actress, and Rapace is very aware of the double standard as she gravitates towards action, sci-fi and thriller roles such as “Prometheus”, “What arrived on Monday” and the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Constellation.”

“I mean, we’re constantly fighting all of this,” she said, sweeping her arm across the room. “I’m sitting here in diamonds, in this dress and high heels, and I have blisters and I’ve been doing my hair and makeup for hours. It’s a lot of fun here and I love it, because here it’s a game and we put on a show and it’s not real.

“The reality is very long days on set,” she says. “I feel like a woman [in general] and what I’ve struggled with since a young age is not letting the beauty talk and saying, “I’m human, no matter what I look like.”

She takes that ethos to set herself up, pushing for no-makeup fight scenes and wanting to infuse a bit of reality into her characters. “I try to convince people around me to go that route, rather than go down the sexy, attractive, likable kind of route.”

Noomi Rapace in Celine at the Cannes Film Festival.

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In real life, she has a teenage son who brings her back to earth. “He’s so straight to the point that he kind of guides me,” she says. Back home in London, it’s Tesco running and going to the gym. But here in Cannes, she immerses herself in everything and sees fashion as another form of communication.

“If you’re wearing something you feel good in, you’ll feel stronger and I’ll walk prouder. If I’m wearing something that really makes me feel like my wings have grown a little bigger, that makes me feel good. power. I like that side of dressing,” she says. She was guided by stylist Rose Forde for the festival. “It’s fun to play with. But I don’t take it too seriously.”

At 42, she is with “the love of her life”, singer Victor Thell. “I’m probably happier than I’ve ever been. You know, for many years I kind of clung to the belief that you had to suffer a little bit and stuff, kind of clinging to my old traumas,” she says. “And now, I say to myself, let it go. Let’s be fair.

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