Next Questions — Erika Linder
Below Her Mouth - Official Trailer
Erika Linder : Dallas
(April Mullen, 2016. Premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival)
- Model Erika Linder announces herself as a promising screen presence - VARIETY
"Casting agents of independent cinema, take note: If Kristen Stewart is too busy or expensive for your project, Swedish newcomer Erika Linder is more than happy to step in. Evoking the new arthouse queen’s balance of sullen and sultry with a fluency that borders on outright imitation, the 26-year-old model’s big-screen debut carries more charge than everything around her"
"Linder throws enough spiky, smoldering attitude at the screen to make her a compelling cipher; it’s a debut hopefully striking enough to command fuller, more testing roles." - VARIETY
- one of the most impressive silver screen outings for a model to date -
"Erika Linder is paticularly impressive as a troubled young woman with a limited emotional vocabulary who seems to be dealing with feelings like these for the first time. This is her first film and one of the most impressive silver screen outings for a model to date." - EYE FOR FILM
“As I read scripts, it’s very frustrating to see how women are still being portrayed in them. I notice how the roles can be so reductive to sexual ones or secondary parts, with little or no character development. Now I know Below Her Mouth is a vignette into a budding lesbian relationship and has beautifully shot sex scenes, but it is done from a female gaze and in an empowered way.
“I know I don’t have to take any of those other roles, but it still saddens me to see the stark reality for female actors. It just drives me more to fighting for the roles I want to play, whether it’s a single mother, a superhero or an androgynous lesbian”.
The transition from modelling to acting definitely pushed her boundaries.
“It’s a completely different world”, she says. “Like I thought it would be an easy thing to do, but honestly it’s not. Being comfortable on set and in front of the camera, and knowing my beats and where to look, and finding the light – I could take all that with me from modelling. But being in character and finding out who that was within me – it was such a different experience. When I read the script I was like, ‘Whoa, this is graphic, how am I going to do this; how am I going to create authenticity?’ I didn’t know anything about this process, I didn’t know any of the crew or Natalie (Krill her co-star). But I loved the fact that the whole crew were women; it made it way easier to stay in my character.”
“It’s almost like starting all over again, but in a super exciting way,” she says. “Exploring diverse roles and seeing how different directors and producers see me. It’s exciting! I don’t want to do things for money or for fame or because someone else thinks I should do them or because it’s a male role or a female role, I want to do them because it feels right to me.” (Read more : Interview GCN 3 AUGUST, 2017.)