Interview with actress Synnøve Muren


Synnöve Muren was born in Sweden at the end of the 60s. She trained as a healthcare worker in the 90s and worked in terminal care. At the end of the 90s, she moved to Norway and chose to follow the family tradition and started working as a fisherman on a large trawler. She worked for 12 years as a fisherman and was, among other things, in Canada fishing for shrimp. She has used the last 18 years to fight for her daughter’s
drug addiction and the right to a better life. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress, but ended up working behind the scenes in dance performances for children. Today, she works as a healthcare worker with terminal dementia.

  • How did you get involved in acting?

It was pure coincidence, meeting the director Aslak Danbolt for coffee together with my daughter. Michelle had been asked if she would consider auditioning for the role of the daughter in the film. Aslak liked the chemistry between me and my daughter so he asked if I would like to play the mother.

  • How different is it to act in a movie and to act in a theater play? And which one do you prefer?

I don’t know, I’m a complete amateur and have never been on a theater stage. This is my first experience with acting.

  • What are your weak points when it comes to acting? How do you try to improve them?

My weak point in acting is probably that I am an amateur and have never been in front of a camera before. In order to improve my acting, I need more experience.

  • What are your strong points as an actor?

My strong point in acting is that I can get into the role naturally.

  • What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

I have only worked with Aslak, and this is my first experience with film, I have learned a lot about myself and how to go inside myself to bring out emotions.

  • What makes a good scene partner?

As I’m an amateur, I don’t have the experience to say what makes someone a good opponent more than chemistry and trust.

  • What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

As I am not an actor, but an amateur and have never been in front of a camera before, I cannot answer that.

  • What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

We made the film in December, filmed at night, it was cold and there was a lot of waiting between scenes. Going in and out of emotions and filming the same scene several times.

  • What do you do when you’re not doing theatre/film?

I work as a healthcare worker in a nursing home for terminal dementia.

  • If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

If someone were to make a film about my life, I don’t know who would play me, someone who is warm and has a lot of life experience.