Frida Gustavsson’s ease because the heroic Freyda in Netflix’s journey collection Vikings: Valhalla is the results of many elements — intense bodily coaching, her invigorating relationship with nature and being a pure performer. As we communicate her physique language is animated, performing out each practice of thought, and the Zoom name turns into way more evocative than a easy two-dimensional expertise. Her physicality lends effectively to her position within the epic collection, set lengthy after the unique Vikings collection, the place her character’s brutality is met with intense human emotion. Freyda chats with Schön! concerning the multidimensional Freyda, solo hikes and studying to like her physique.
What has been your favorite factor that’s occurred to date in 2022?
I suppose it’s been uneventful. I acquired Corona, I needed to isolate and I acquired my booster shot yesterday — is that too miserable to say that’s the most effective factor that’s occurred to date? I spent New 12 months’s Eve on the couch, simply me and my boyfriend. We watched all of the Harry Potter films, had some champagne and have been coughing at one another. So not very romantic!
What attracted you to Vikings: Valhalla?
It’s such an unbelievable venture! I used to be an enormous fan of the unique present. To listen to that they have been going to make a brand-new present with the identical DNA, and that there was this fierce lady warrior referred to as Freydis, how are you going to not wish to try this?
Are you able to inform us a bit extra about Freydis?
Freydis comes from Greenland, she arrives in Kattegat, which is a remnant of the outdated story, along with her brother as an outsider. The Vikings have type of separated into two; we now have the Christian Vikings that are taking up after which the believers of the outdated methods, and Freydis is certainly one of them. She embarks on this unbelievable journey to turn into this fierce warrior and chief of the pagans.
How did you discover being a powerful feminine character in such a male-dominated forged?
I loved the boys so much, however what I believed was actually fascinating is it’s truly Freydis’ looking for revenge that drives the story. All the boys are battling and banging their chest, however I feel it’s such an fascinating storyline of a lady discovering herself and her spirituality, regardless of being a survivor of one thing so traumatic. The ladies of the present carve their very own little place.
You’ve got a number of scenes by your self, how did you put together for these specifically?
It’s so good, since you don’t should take care of anybody else! I’m simply kidding. What actually attracted me to Freydis is that she’s a really bodily character to play; she doesn’t say so much. So, it’s actually fascinating to only dive into the physicality of her. I loved that. I feel it’s a present as an actor to have the ability to have moments the place the viewers can simply breathe out and be there with you. I attempt to simply put together as a lot as I can, as I’m positive anybody would say, and simply be there, be Freydis.
How did you discover the physicality of it? Did you do a number of coaching?
Oh my God, a lot coaching! Most ladies all around the world, sadly, normally practice to remain skinny as a result of it’s the perfect in society. For the primary time, I needed to practice to bulk up to have the ability to do all these fights, to put on my armour as a result of it’s so heavy; it’s truly the heaviest out of anybody’s armour. It was an enormous bodily transformation for me — I gained about six or seven kilos of muscle in a brief period of time. I used to be locked down in my nation home throwing logs and tyres ready to begin filming.
Do you assume you’ll return to your outdated health routine after filming?
By no means. I’m so obsessive about it now. It’s actually opened one thing inside me. I’ve all the time been actually tall and really skinny and had a reasonably unusual relationship with my physique. I by no means felt that I slot in. Now, it’s like one thing has unleashed inside me the place I really feel robust. I really feel good, and I can carry heavy shit.
How did you discover doing your individual stunts?
Wonderful! The stunt crew began us with the fundamentals. I acquired somewhat knife at first and I put all these dots on my house partitions, like a faux opponent — if anyone walked by they’d have thought I used to be loopy. Then I acquired a sword, a protect, a spear and discovered throw some precise punches. It helps the manufacturing realizing that the primary forged can carry out our personal stunts, however, in fact, the stunt crew that we now have are wildly extra proficient than we’re. If there’s something extremely harmful, like burning, they’re gonna step in and save us. It’s a fairly violent present. Freydis by no means appears to have a straightforward day! After all, you don’t wish to see her strolling round within the forest. I cracked a few enamel clenching a lot from being so tense throughout these scenes.
What do you assume will likely be your greatest takeaway from the present?
What’s so distinctive about engaged on this present is that we created it underneath such excessive circumstances with the pandemic. We needed to postpone the beginning of it, which meant we acquired a number of prep time. We actually acquired to study so much about one another and slowly turned somewhat household.
Do you assume forming a relationship along with your co-stars helps your efficiency?
I feel so, but when not, I suppose we’re higher actors. I feel it helps actually trusting the folks you’re with; it helps us to push one another additional. Now we might be as open and genuine with one another as potential and that creates a secure house for folks.
The collection was filmed in Eire, and clearly, you travelled rather a lot whereas modelling. The place are your favorite locations to go to?
I like travelling. It’s one thing I’ve missed a lot with the COVID pandemic. I feel it’s actually essential to assist folks acquire a special, much less acquainted, perspective. However I’m a reasonably unusual particular person, I prefer to go on solo hikes. I take my miniature tent, my backpack, my survival package, and simply go off by myself for a few days. Simply utterly recharge. I don’t communicate to anybody. I barely even learn something — simply sit and stare at a mountain. It makes me sound like a lunatic. We shoot for six months of a yr, and Eire is such an extremely stunning place. Typically I’ve a few days off, so I drive out into the wild Atlantic Approach of Eire and hang around on my own with some sheep. However I’m Swedish, and I like the north of Sweden. It’s such an unbelievable place. It’s north of the Arctic Circle, and in the summertime the solar by no means units. You sit in your tent and there’s simply an enormous orange globe hovering over the sting of the mountains within the distance, and it’s very humbling.
What do you assume is the most important problem transitioning from being a mannequin to an actress?
I feel it’s an enormous false impression that modelling is one thing that’s extremely simple and that fashions are silly. Within the ten years I spent working at a excessive stage within the style trade, all the women I met that had profitable careers are clever girls. I by no means actually needed to mannequin; it was one thing that occurred. I all the time needed to behave, and I believed modelling can be a good way to make cash so once I did drama college I wouldn’t should work two jobs. I additionally thought modelling might be a good way for me to work with my physique and discover consolation and discover power in that, in addition to study to be relaxed in entrance of the digicam. I don’t assume many individuals are as used to having a digicam that near your face or being scrutinised as fashions are. In a means, it ready me rather well for all of the ‘no’s that you just get from the film trade.
Have you ever all the time been a performer?
I all the time was like somewhat theatre monkey. Once I was little I’d direct my brothers and make dwelling films and so they’d be my backup dancers. I made my little brother put on a tutu and mime Tom Jones’ Sexbomb. I nonetheless have the video — the day he will get married, I’ll present it to him and he’ll homicide me. It was all the time one thing that I had in me, however in my early teenagers, I misplaced my confidence. I felt actually uneasy in my physique and being judged by folks. I felt like I used to be doing that every single day in class anyway, so I type of gave up. Then I used to be scouted to be a mannequin and it simply occurred sooner than I imagined.
Dampyr comes out later this yr, are you able to inform us a bit concerning the movie?
That was an excellent fascinating venture. Typically you get an e mail with a self-tape request, and also you fortunately oblige. I keep in mind considering this might be a very fascinating strategy to broaden. I play this character referred to as Tesla who was compelled to turn into a vampire. For her, it’s a narrative about liberation. We shot within the mountains of Transylvania for a few months, which was an unbelievable place to go to. We have been in little villages the place there have been no vehicles, there have been horse carriages and deserted castles. That’s what I like about having this job. It’s so unbelievable, as a result of for those who’re and also you’re open, you’ll study a lot concerning the world and what’s on the market. I acquired to do all of those actually wonderful stunts. I’d be working on a roof after which leap, and they’d carry me in my harness and I’d fly like 30 metres. After some time, it will get so seamless that you just truly really feel such as you’re a vampire leaping from ceilings.
You’re unrecognisable within the position. Do you contemplate your self a little bit of a chameleon?
I don’t know if it stems from only a want of not eager to be myself. Reworking your self bodily, for me, is normally a means into the character; personally creating a personality based mostly off of sure traits doesn’t appear real. I begin envisioning what sort of animal this particular person can be and their motion patterns; it’s a good way to open up the character. Think about you’re a vampire and you know the way to fly — you’d stroll like you know the way to fucking fly. It attracts me to utterly submerge myself into the character.
For those who might painting any character, current or non-existing, who would you be?
We now have a queen in Sweden, Queen Christina, from the 1600s. Her dad is among the most well-known Swedish Kings ever. All her life everybody instructed her she was speculated to be a boy, and there’s been all of this discuss that possibly she was transgender. She was pushing what it was to be a lady of energy in these days, then she advocated and have become buddies with the Pope. She’s the one feminine buried within the church within the Vatican state. She’s an unbelievable one that on the time, was some of the scandalous girls in Europe and she or he simply dictated her personal phrases, very like Freydis. I hope in the event that they ever make a movie about her, I get to play her. We now have put it on the market into the universe now!
If you’re not on set and at dwelling in Stockholm, how do you spend your time?
Since I’ve turn into an intense fitness center buff, I’m going to my fitness center every single day. It’s simply me and a bunch of actually, actually massive weightlifter guys. I additionally love horses; I’m a horse lady so I attempt to spend time within the stables and nature.
What or who makes you chortle?
I feel the funniest particular person on the planet who all the time cheers me up is Julia Louis-Dreyfus when she performs President Selina in Veep. I feel that’s, like, the funniest factor ever. She’s so iconic. She’s very ironic, very dry. It’s the most effective present ever!
What are you engaged on in the meanwhile?
Oh, I can’t say — I suppose it’s important to wait and see!
What are you trying ahead to?
I’m so excited that the world goes to have the ability to meet Freydis and Vikings: Valhalla. I’ve spent a lot time and blood, sweat and tears on this, and I’m so pleased with what we’ve completed. So, I hope folks will see it and take from it what they need.
Vikings: Valhalla is presently streaming on Netflix.