acting being difficult

Clearly you found the experience of doing Dancer in the Dark difficult and you said you would never act again, but do you feel a sense of achievement for it ? Do you look back at it with pride ?

There’s a misunderstanding that I don’t want to act because of that movie, but I never really wanted to. I made an exception because of the director [Lars von Trier]. So afterwards it wasn’t that that experience was so horrible that I didn’t do it again it was more like "Oh yes l’m back to music !" I still haven’t been able to watch that movie, but then again I don’t listen to my own albums because you just move on. But I know in my heart of hearts, that emotionally, I went there. I decided to give it my all and I did. So in that sense... I’m not proud of myself in terms of the conflicts that happened because I find violence really vulgar, I can’t handle it. I don’t like confrontation, I find it horrible but there was this thing where I had to stand up because every cell in me was shouting ’Justice !" I’m the daughter of a union leader and so the times when I rose up wasn’t necessarily me defending myself so much as defending human rights. It’s like watching someone being gang raped and then [saying] "Oh, it’s so cool !" You have to do something about it, because it’s just not right.

Attitude - 12.05.2007