Eve is a Finnish artist who arrived in LA 5 years ago. We spoke to her about her love of all things David Lynch, being a multilingual performer and her upcoming projects. She has ditched the financial offices of Finland to perform full time, both as a dancer and an actor!

We're excited to see what Eve does next...

What brought you to LA?

The amount of work in the entertainment industry and the desire to really challenge myself and have the possibility to work on the biggest and the most distinguished productions in the world. I am originally from Finland and the film industry is much smaller there and there aren’t as many diverse and well-rounded opportunities there. For example, I speak multiple languages and can do multiple accents, and in Finland the majority of acting work is only in Finnish. I love my language and country, but I thrive on variety, and Los Angeles is the perfect place for that. This city inspires me so much and I’m still in awe of the beautiful nature of California after almost five years of being here.

What is the biggest misconception about you?

I haven’t had negative experiences, for example - people trying to box me in to something that I don’t want to be. I’d say that maybe the biggest misconception about me in my career has been the fact that people don’t always know what I’m capable of. This is probably a familiar feeling for a lot of actors in the industry. I’ve been told that I have a powerful silent presence, which partially explains why I tend to play serious, dramatic, intimidating or villainous characters quite naturally. Some of my previous roles in this category have been Ruby, an assassin in a short film “The Forgiveness”, Melissa Meelisa, a Russian prima ballerina in the “Most Wonderful Crime of the Year”, a demon called Sin in “Age of Kali”. Mother Earth, the leading protagonist in a show “Dark Side of the Moon”, Roxane from Cyrano de Bergerac in a showcase “Unmasked” and Jessica, a lead in the horror film “The Haunted House”, for example. What people don’t always expect from me (especially if they don’t yet know me really well or haven’t worked with me) is that I’m great in comedy too. I especially love physical comedy because of my dance background. Some of my favorite comedic roles that I have played over the years have been - Trish Hughs an imbecile supermodel in a show “Totally 80s, Totally Murder”, Ultrawoman, a superwoman who gets turned into a moron in a show “Wonder Women”, Giselle in Don Nigro’s “Ballerinas” and Kay in Theresa Rebeck’s “Speakeasy”, both from the showcase “Unmasked”. Oh, and Flower Child, a nudist hippie in a short film “Switchin”.

If you weren't doing this as a career, what would you be doing?

I actually had a whole other career before I decided to focus on acting full-time. I have a master’s degree in Financial Management and Public Sector Accounting, and I have worked as a financial analyst, financial coordinator, auditor intern and a university teacher in accounting and responsible business. I’m also a professional dancer and still work as a dancer, and I am in my third season as a company dancer in an established dance company based in L.A. Because I have done other things in my life before, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t really thrive anywhere else as much as in the entertainment industry! I’m a storyteller by heart, and if I didn’t get to act I could see myself as a director since I have a good eye and absolutely love directing!

What gives you hope?

My faith in God and knowing that my true identity is not based on anything I do as an actor or a human being, but my identity in Christ. This might sound crazy, but things that I don’t see with my own eyes give me hope.

What have you been watching lately?

During this pandemic and with all this time, I have immersed myself in lots of good shows with terrific writing and acting and I’ve felt that these shows have really inspired me as an artist and nourished my creative juices. Some of my favorites include Dead to Me, Unbelievable and Dirty John which are all streaming on Netflix.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

I’ve always been a huge David Lynch fan. I just love the world he creates and all the little details in his film and TV sets. Everything is so carefully picked and chosen and he really cares about the simplest little things. I love his experimental style of filmmaking, and music is always a huge part of his artistic vision. I personally love to be challenged when I watch shows or movies and it doesn’t happen too often that filmmakers nowadays offer you something that you don’t expect. In Lynch’s world, weirdness and strange and unexpected things are more of a standard than in most other productions.

What can people expect from you in the rest of 2020?

2020 hasn’t obviously turned out to what anyone expected, but I think it’s important to focus on the light in the darkness. During this time it’s vital to go back to basics and shift your focus on family and friends and loved ones and things that really matter. Unfortunately this pandemic has hit some people more than others, and not everyone is experiencing illness or death or financial hardship to the same extent. I think it’s important that we show love and respect and empathy towards other people when we discuss these things. I think it’s key to keep people safe and be co-operative so that we can enjoy our freedom sooner than later. The film industry is always going to be running somewhere. If I have to name one project that I’m really excited about that’s coming out this year, it is the short film “Waiting for Samuel” where I play a strong supporting character Sheila. The film is currently in post-production and it focuses on the desire to have a child. It is written by an award-winning actress Saana Elena who is my good friend and she is also playing the leading character Elsa.

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