Danish actor Andreas Jessen
Danish actor Andreas Jessen was born and raised in a northwest suburb of Copenhagen called Søborg, and is currently based in popular Vesterbro in Copenhagen. Graduating from The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Denmark, Andreas has gathered an impressive CV from film, TV and also theatre. He´s had parts in You and Me Forever, The Other World and Follow The Money, to mention just a few, and we are certain that this is just the beginning for Andreas.
As mentioned, you have an extensive CV with credits from film, TV and theatre. What field is your preferred one?
That's a difficult question to answer. It is two different processes based on the exact same Ground principles. I love them both for different reasons.
If you could pick a role in any film or TV program, which role would that be?
I have always loved Mark Renton from Trainspotting (played by Ewan McGregor). I Guess I see my younger self in some aspects of that particular character, and I would love to revisit that younger self with all its rebellious and somewhat naive, thoughts and ideas. "Naive" meant in a positive way, just for the record.
Photos by Nikolaj Thaning Rentzmann
What other actors inspire you?
Practically everyone, in the sense that I am constantly analysing other people's work in order to perfect my own. Tom Hardy is an actor whom I admire a lot. I especially have a great deal of admiration towards how he transforms himself through his voice in every single role he does.
Do you have a particular process as an actor to prepare for each role?
It really depends a lot on the particular project and character, but a great start is obviously to read the script (many times) and get a Good feel for the character and the overall storyline. It is also important for me to figure out what the main driving force of character it is. From then on the process depends on many different factors.
Do you travel much for work?
Travelling is fortunately a part of my job sometimes. I really enjoy experiencing different places and cultures, and to be able to do that whilst being at work is a true blessing. This spring I went to Cyprus for a project and later this year I’m going to Iceland for another project, which I am looking very much forward to. I have never been to Iceland before and it is something I have wanted to do for quite a while now.
Are you interested in pursuing a career abroad or would you prefer to stay working in Denmark?
I would very much like to work abroad. The great thing about working abroad as an actor is that you get to stay somewhere for a period of time and then you get to go back home again. I think Denmark will always be my "home" but as I said I really enjoy going abroad.
There is so much going on in the Danish film and television industry right now though, which makes it a very exciting time to be an actor in Denmark. This actually goes for all of Scandinavia I believe.
Are you working on anything exciting at the moment that you can tell us about?
Right now I am in preparation for Fenar Ahmads next feature film, "Valhalla". That is all I can say at the moment. Other than that, if everything goes according to plans, I will start shooting a major Danish TV series in the beginning of next year.
Photos by Nikolaj Thaning Rentzmann
What are you most grateful for?
Do you have any local hangouts or know of any great Danish spots worth visiting?
Copenhagen is a great City, and I would recommend anyone going here. In particular I love my own neighbourhood, Vesterbro. I moved there when I turned nineteen and although I have moved around a bit I'm always returning to Vesterbro. It's a very diverse neighbourhood with a lot of great food. It might sound cliché but you should also definitely pay Christiania a visit when in Copenhagen, and from there go out to 'Refshaleøen'. It is an old industrial area by the harbour that is coming to life. You should check out 'La Banchina' and 'Baby baby bar'.
Andreas is represented by Lindberg Management. See his full profile here