An interview with the incredibly talented and beautiful Iceland beauty- Thelma Gudmunds!
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Thelma Gudmunds and I was born in a small town in Iceland. I grew up in the capital of Iceland but moved abroad very young at 18 years of age. I lived and worked in Tokyo, then relocated to Paris for a few years and most recently, to London where I graduated with a BA Honor Acting Degree from the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
How and when did you first get into performing?
My first time on a film set was when I was 12 years old , for a German TV series filmed in Iceland. I remember being dressed up in several layers of costume from the late 1800’s and it was an unforgettable experience. I knew then, that this was what I wanted to do for a living. Again, I was picked out at my school to play the lead role in my first TV commercial when I was 10 years old and after that, I did many more both in Iceland, Japan, France and in the U.K.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations growing up?
I have always been a massive fan of Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Glenn Close and Meryl Streep’s work for their immense talent, sheer charisma and extensive experience. They have all had a long and varied career which is a great inspiration to me.
What kind have training have you done?
I have done a variety of training over the years, from short courses and classes to longer 3 year training to a BA degree. I studied the Meisner and Stanislavski techniques but every actor develops their own way of using acting techniques. This is a list from the most recent courses and classes I’ve taken:
On-Camera: Justin McCarthy, Liz Ortiz Mackes, Cindy Rush, New York
Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre, Intensive Workshop, Milton Justice, L.A
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts 3 years BA Honors Acting Degree, London
Florent, European Acting School, Paris
Jack Waltzer’s Actor Studio, Stanislavski Techniques and Scene Study, Paris
What has been your favorite role to play so far an why?
My favorite role that I have played so far was when I played Marlene Dietrich in the Play ‘Piaf’ by Pam Gems at the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh. It was a role that I researched to a great extent, as she was a very complex character and had the most interesting life. I traveled both to Berlin to see the Marlene Dietrich Museum and to Paris to see the film ‘Piaf’ as she was a good friend of Edith Piaf. It was a very memorable experience!
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I would love to co-star with one of the actors I mentioned above, like Anthony Hopkins. He’s just one of the best actors of all time!
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are all in the making, as we speak!