Actress Natassia Malthe talks about Vikingdom, returning to her mother’s homeland and her obsession with her health.
NATASSIA Malthe has once again found herself playing a “tough chick”, a role she has played many times and is quite comfortable with.
The 39-year-old Norwegian actress, whose mother is Sabahan, plays the female lead in the action movie Vikingdom, the KRU Studios film directed by Yusry Abd Halim which is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
It’s easy to see why she tends to land physical, warrior-type roles – Malthe is fit and lean, with a no-nonsense air about her.
“I often play tough chick roles, I’ve always wondered why, a lot of people say I’m a strong person eventhough I don’t see it that way myself,” said Malthe, who was in town recently for interviews and publicity for the film. “I guess something that I do exudes that, when I was younger I was a tomboy, and I do relate to how men can think. A lot of my roles reflect that eventhough I’m a girl, but I can relate to women as well, even better and more so.
“Who knows, maybe I’m doing strong female characters to one day to do some other profession,” added Malthe, who acts alongside the almost all-male cast of Vikingdom, which stars Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, Killer Elite) as the lead, and also Craig Fairbass (Cliffhanger), Jon Foo (Tekken) and Conan Stevens (The Hobbit).
Born in Oslo, Norway, Malthe attended dance schools as a child and moved to London to study musical theatre, before getting into acting in Canada.
Her acting credits include playing an elf bounty-hunter and sorceress-in-training in the miniseries Knights of Bloodsteel, roles in Manslaughter, Alone in the Dark 2, Bloodrayne: Deliverance, The Other Side of the Tracks, Elektra and Disturbing Behaviour.
Malthe has also appeared on a variety of TV productions including popular sci-fi series Fringe, and TV movies Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt), Dead and Deader and Bloodsuckers.
In Vikingdom, Malthe plays a warrior and love interest to lead actor Purcell, a forgotten Viking king named Erick who must defeat the Roman god Thor.
“When I was offered the role as Brynna, I didn’t know what to expect, especially working with Yusry as the director. My agent gave me a DVD copy of The Malay Chronicles (international version of Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa) and I was impressed with what he had managed to do within a small budget,” said Malthe.
“I’m really happy to be part of the movie. The storytelling and quality of production of Vikingdom is amazing and I’m glad that I played a role in helping the Malaysian film industry go to the next level.
“And considering the fact that my mum is from Sabah, I thought I should give it a shot,” added Malthe, who is considering moving to Malaysia for several months. “I really am curious about Malaysia and how I would like it here becase my mum is from here. Maybe it’s for her, to connect to where she comes from.”
In terms of physically preparing for the role (or any physically demanding role for that matter) Malthe doesn’t need to do much, as keeping fit is a big part of her life.
“I did years of training ballet and martial arts, yoga, and I’ve recently started Muay Thai boxing which is really fun, and I’ve done some Tae Kwon Do. Usually it’s pretty quick for me to get in shape for a movie. I do ballet classes still sometimes,” said Malthe, who describes her personal style as “bohemian shabby chic”.
“My style is more bohemian, not quite hippie, a lot of the time I love wearing jeans and a t-shirt, if I dress up I’d rather feel comfortable in cotton or silk, everything to me is about the material and how comfortable it is,” she said.
The health freak eats only her own cooking when she’s at home, and loves superfoods.
“I usually have salad and quinoa,” she explained. “I’m really into superfoods, I take spirulina, karela and fish oil every day, I feel so much better when I eat it. Your skin clears up, it starts to glow, your eye whites become whiter and you eat less food because you’re getting more nutrients.
“I also take E3Live, its an algae that really helps memory and the sharpness of your brain, these are great products, they really just go right into your cells,” added Malthe, who never eats fast food or junk food.
Fans can look forward to next seeing Malthe in Lorenzo Raveggi’s Botticelli Murders, and several other TV projects which begin production at the end of this year.