Andrea Snædal was born and raised in Iceland, where she was very active in various amateur theater groups while majoring in natural science in college. She has worked both as a preschool teacher and a caretaker at a nursing home, which turned out to be eerily similar jobs. Since moving out to LA two years ago, she's graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is now pursuing her career in acting.
I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… dedicated, self-possessed and passionate.
My last acting gig taught me… to find ways to work with people who don't seem to do their work.
Proudest performance moment… was when I wrote and performed my own 10-minute one woman show for about 150 people.
Most embarrassing audition… was when I was auditioning for an acting school and didn't really know how to audition (which turns out to be an art form of its own), so I started off by accidentally lying about my age, then forgetting my lines and attempting to improvise my monologue - shaking uncontrollably and staring directly at the judges while doing it. After that I got someone to help me for the next audition.
Most challenging part… was in the short film "Ófreskja", a period piece that takes place in the viking era in Iceland, about a girl who's been through a lot of horribleness in life and needs to find her way. There was very minimal dialogue so I had to portray every emotion physically.
The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... I've always kind of known that I wanted to be an actress, when I was little I would put on plays and force my family/friends to watch them, or write sketches with my friends and ask to perform them in class. There was never really anything else that I wanted to do with my life.
If I weren't an actor, I'd be... something that would let me travel the world and experience different cultures.
Dying to work with... Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Chris Pratt, Melissa McCarthy, and so many many more amazing directors and actors/actresses. It's the best feeling to work with people that know what they're doing and can push you to do your absolute best.
Was born to play... a multi-dimensional, flawed, badass woman.
Learn lines by... reading them out loud a few times and attaching them to a purpose and they just stick in my brain really quickly.
Get into character by... knowing as much as I can about them and the reasons why they say and do the things they say and do; I always rationalize it in my brain and that way they become a part of me.
Acting is… all about connection for me - with my character and my partner especially. If you have that connection and allow yourself to live in it and in the moment, then everything else will follow.
Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… sometimes I dream in movies. Like once I dreamt that I was in a horror movie where Johnny Depp played my dad (I was a little girl in the dream for some reason) and there was a monster in the pool that trapped everyone in it in another dimension and we had to fight our way back into our dimension and I ended up saving my dad after everyone else had been killed. I'm not sure how I'd fit that on my resume.
Movie I can’t stop talking about... "Dirty Dancing". It's just brilliant.
Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… "Grace and Frankie", "Black Mirror" and "The Inbetweeners".
Currently reading… "Að heiman", an Icelandic novel by Arngunnur Árnadóttir that my brother gave me a while back and I only recently started reading.
Car karaoke tune... "What's Love Got to Do with It" - Tina Turner or "Greatest Love of All" - Whitney Houston. I go for the divas.
Star Wars character that best represents me... I'd like to say Princess Leia because she's not afraid to fight for what she believes in, and she doesn't let the people around her define her in any way; she knows exactly who she is. I don't know if that totally represents me, but it's definitely something I try to live by.
If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Elle Fanning.
Actor crush... Trevor Noah, although he's technically not an actor, but he's hilarious and a badass humanitarian.
If I were a color, I'd be… wine.
Hotel alias… Frances Houseman.
LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… anyplace where I can actually see the stars at night.
The best advice I ever got… you can never control what other people think or do, you can only control how you deal with it.