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Friday 29 August 2014

Noomi Rapace: I've considered appearances

Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace believes women can “gain a lot” by being beautiful.

The Swedish actress plays a woman who suffers brutal wounds and is consequently left with scars in thriller Dead Man Down.

The pretty brunette found playing the role made her realise how many women rely on their looks to get ahead.

“I started to reflect on beauty a lot. For women, all over the world, it’s so important to be beautiful and look good,” she explained to Collider.

“People pay more attention to you, if you look a certain way, and people listen to you more. You can gain a lot of things and win a lot of things, if you have a face that is beautiful. It was quite weird because I was walking around in Philadelphia one day with the [fake] scars. I was out buying coffee and people were staring at me, and I was like, ‘Wow, this is actually what it feels like.’”

The actress has played some harrowing roles, including the part of punk hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

To portray her character, Noomi had to don a completely different look and was shocked by the effect it had on her environment.

“It was the same with Lisbeth, when I shaved one side of my hair, dyed it black and had all those piercings,” she recalled.

“I had to go to the bank, and I remember that they were so rude to me. I was like, ‘Why are they ignoring me? What’s going on?!,’ because I was this punk girl. People are so judgmental.”

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