– Really, I worked my ass off, says Ida Elise Broch to Dagsavisen.
Together with Cengiz Al, she is comfortably seated on a sofa on the second floor somewhere near Youngstorget. On 25 September, the premiere of the new Viaplay series “Fenris”, where Broch plays the main role Emma Salmonsen and Al has the role of the active journalist Naim who does not give up. Simen Alsvik is the director, and the series consists of six episodes of 45 minutes.
When asked what has been the best and what has been the most challenging about working with the series, they are quite unanimous about the former: All the people they have had to work with.
– The biggest challenge for me was probably that I went from playing in series where most of it is fun and about love. Here I go a little deeper, says Al.
– It has been great fun, but also very tiring, at least when you play the main role. There are many days with a lot of work. If I were to follow the expression “working my ass off”, I would say that I lost my ass completely, says Broch and continues with another laugh, but reassures us that she has landed again now.
– My role is very much on my feet all the time. It requires a lot mentally and physically at the same time. But it’s also delicious and cool. There is nothing wrong with any of us. Now my bum has returned, I’ve eaten well and had enough and got to relax.
People in the right roles
The action takes place in a small village: a young boy has disappeared, and rumors swirl that he has been killed by wolves. To her horror, Emma finds the boy’s bloody jacket at her father’s house.
– It has been exciting, rewarding and fun to work on this, with a bunch of good actors and role models around me, says Al, and turns his gaze towards Broch, as if to emphasize that she is among the good actors he is referring to.
– There are so many good people in the right roles, but there have also been many wonderful challenges. I hope I can say that I am very different from the role I play. I would like to think that I am a warmer person, says Broch, confirming with her presence that she is at least not repulsive and cold. Both of them look most like themselves where they sit, Broch with a slightly different hairstyle than she has on the large poster placed behind the sofa.
Launching, dancing, recording
They both have experience from popular Norwegian TV and film productions. Cengiz Al took the country by storm when he played Yousef in “Shame”, and made a big comeback as the prince in “Three Nuts for Cinderella” last year. He also danced his way to second place in “Skal vi danse” in 2017, and does not seem to be far from a final in this year’s All Stars season either, if we are to interpret the judges’ points and enthusiasm. Much indicates a busy autumn for Al.
– I dance a lot now, which I am very happy about. I love everything about art communication, that’s why I agreed to join one more time. I’m also filming another series at the moment, so it’s very intensive.
But he has a large crew around him, he reassures.
– The lady is involved in all this, and makes sure that we manage it together. She helps out extra with the child at home, while my agent coordinates everything I have to do in my everyday life, he says.
After the “Shame” success, he has taken a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sales management, in order to have a plan B if the acting profession should not give him enough work. Just the doesn’t seem to be a problem now.
– Things are happening now, and things will happen in the future as well. It’s very cool and fun to see that things are starting to fall into place a bit. It gives me security and ownership of my work, and my confidence in the industry increases a little, says Al.
Driving without a license plate
Ida Elise Broch really broke through with the role of Kathrine in “The Man Who Loved Yngve”, and became a familiar face worldwide when she took the lead role in the Norwegian Netflix hit “Home for Christmas”. This time, they have both stepped into roles that differ from characters they have played in the past.
– Were there any additional challenges associated with that?
– I had to learn to drive, then, to play this role. I didn’t have the note before at all, says Broch.
– Do you drive a lot in the series?
– I don’t just drive, I drive rough. Now I’ve had a lot of practice drives, and can drive a car, but I’ve become a rough driver.
– But you have taken the note now?
– Absolutely not, haha! But I’ve been training a lot.
The laughter is loose with both of them, who seem relaxed despite a long day of interviews and press inquiries. Al is quick to confirm Broch’s driving abilities.
– It is not my character who holds on when she drives. That’s me. We had some fun moments in that car, I must say.
– Most of the people who sat with me were terrified, admits Broch.
Research and new words
Stepping into the role of an ongoing and rigorous journalist required Al to do some extra prep work.
– Since “Skam”, I have been in contact with the press many times. I have simply tried to use experience from there, in addition to the fact that I have spoken to friends of mine who are journalists.
In the process of settling into the role, he has also thought about his own experiences of meeting various journalists.
– I have met nice journalists with whom I can have a conversation, and I have met those who record my voice without my permission. It’s strange to call it paparazzi, but I’ve been there too, he says, and refers to the wild response “Shame” got.
In the role of Naim, he went for a variant in the middle. Naim is a skilled journalist, but who can push the boundaries a bit.
– In any case, it is completely different to play a journalist than it is to play a cute cuddly boy. This time there was more seriousness and drama.
He is interrupted by his fellow actor for a moment.
– Do you say dramatology?
– Dramatology, yes. Isn’t that a word? Because I can make things up, you know that?
– Absolutely, I hear and know it, replies Broch, before they both start to laugh. Then Al gets a little serious again.
– I just own it. Dramatology. It’s a word.