Noomi Rapace on Her Prometheus Character: “The Most Complete Person I Have Ever Played”
We’re naturally skeptical of movie sequels that get put into production decades after their last installments, but we can’t help but get excited about Prometheus, Ridley Scott‘s return to the world of the Alien franchise (if not the franchise itself). After all, he’s the director that gave us Ripley and have you looked at the cast? And so when Noomi Rapace starts talking about her character Elizabeth Shaw and how she’s a researcher and archeologist who “turns into a fighter” half way through the movie, we pay attention.
I play Elizabeth Shaw, researcher and archaeologist. She’s British but was raised in Africa because her father was a missionary. From him she learned to believe in God, and she has a strong inner self.
She is the most complete person I have ever played. She has an inner light. She’s very stubborn and determined.
She lost her parents when she was a child, so she’s been alone from a young age. But she’s very intelligent. I know that when one has to survive alone from an early age, one becomes strong.
But also fragile, because the hurt child within her hasn’t been able to evolve in a natural way. You get easily hurt emotionally. She’s full of hope, a dreamer, a little naive.
Halfway through the movie a lot of things happen and she turns into a fighter. Another part of her comes to life.
Rapace herself isn’t a stranger to Sigourney Weaver’s inspirational role:
There is a relationship there. I saw Alien as a teenager and was blown away. Can it really be like that? She was the first female star. With Alien and Thelma and Louise, Ridley has created a lot of hope and dreams.
Not much is (officially, anyway) known about the plot of the movie, and Rapace doesn’t give much else away here, but consider this one more reason to be optimistic about Prometheus.
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