*You’ve worked with your son in Metropia – does working with your children bring echoes of your own early life as an actor?
It’s strange, because I never encouraged them. My ideology has been that I do what I can up to the age of sixteen, and then it’s their lives to decide for themselves, and hopefully I’ve turned them into good human beings. But it worries you when they decide to become actors because I throw quite a heavy shadow that they have to get out of.
Fortunately, they’ve done very well. Alexander and Gustaf, the two oldest who are now actors, they’re extremely successful, both of them, and in their own way and with their own language. There’s no clonings of me, and they don’t try to imitate me or anything. Both have gone slightly different ways than I have. Alexander’s gone into film and hasn’t done my theater thing. I never went to drama school but Gustaf did four and a half years in drama school, so they’ve found other ways.
But it’s a fantastic feeling when you work with them, which I’ve done a couple of times, and you meet them and you realisz how…when you talk about a scene, the distance is shorter, because in some ways even if you never talked about work at home, you realize that you think the same way about the material usually.
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