Renate Reinsve: We interview the star of The Worst Person In The World

It’s a complex characterization that has resonated with audiences. Renate was 33 when she collected her Best Actress award at Cannes – the same age Julie is at the end of the film. This is no coincidence; the part of Julie was written, specifically, for Renate by Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt. Joachim, who also directs the film, spotted Renate’s talent de ella after she played a one-line part in his 2011 film, Oslo, August 31st. He followed Renate’s theater work de ella in Norway, before contacting her the best part of a decade later, to tell her about the part he and Eksil had written for her. “He knew I could hold the levity and the tragedy that he wanted, the dynamic for that character. I wanted both of those sides.”

So, Joachim clearly spotted Renate’s acting talent. But the natural question, given that the part of her was written specifically for her, is: is Renate Julie? To an extent, yes. She’s a deep thinker, often falling effortlessly into “existential” conversations with Joachim. “We always ended up in these deep existential conversations after just saying, hello, how are you? And then we went right into very serious conversations. So we knew we were aligned on these themes.” She also empathises with Julie’s sense of lostness from her. “She’s searching in so many different ways and I feel very the same as her.” In fact, Renate was on the cusp of quitting acting the day before she was offered the role of Julie – toying with the idea of ​​a career in carpentry, instead.

But there are clear points of distinction; like the fact Renate has always instinctively wanted children, whereas Julie – true to form – is not sure. But, Renate says with a clear empathy and tenderness for Julie that no doubt made her characterization of her so powerful, “I can really respect [Julie’s] perspective. Women not wanting kids is not taboo anymore.”

Then there’s the fact that Renate is, well, superfluously graceful. A trained dancer and competitive swimmer, she was asked to become a clumsier for one of the film’s key scenes, where she runs from one romantic interest to another. “They told me, ‘We need to work on your run – it’s too elegant’.” The running, a focal point in the film’s trailer, is, as it turns out, important. Its messiness embodies one of the central questions of the film: is Julie running towards her autonomy from her – or away from it? Should we admire Julie for her strength; her refusal from her to accept a set version of her life from her, again and again? Or is freedom, as Janis Joplin once sang, “just another word for nothing left to lose” for Julie; her constant “searching”, as Renate puts it, becoming the very thing that paralyzes her. The film provides no answers and no morals; just questions. It’s a film that will resonate with you long after you watch it – and there’s no doubt that Renate’s performance is instrumental in that.

In conversation with GLAMOR, the breakout star opens up about the parallels between her and her “messy, chaotic” character; the film’s themes of maternal ambivalence, autonomy and making life decisions; navigating almost overnight fame; plus, the two leading actors that inspired her characterization of her in the film.


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