For someone who grew up without a TV, I still ask myself how it is possible I became an actor. One of the first moments of awareness must have been when I was around the age of six. I saw the film “The Sound of Music”, somehow put two and two together and realized that rather then wanting to watch this story, I wanted to be a part of the story. After all, one of the kids was blond like me, so why couldn’t I do that?!

Instead I ended up studying International Business in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Nice (France), went on to work in Munich (Germany) in Marketing, continued studying International Relations in Madrid (Spain) and became a researcher in the field of Bilateral Development Aid. Yet the idea of pursuing a career in acting never abandoned me. So at the age of 25 I decided it was time to give this dream a fair shot and enroll in dramaschool.

Despite this relatively late start in acting, it also came with an advantage – I had travelled the world, had an apprehensive cultural understanding of different cultures and customs and now spoke five languages. There is power in speaking five languages.

Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to work with such amazing directors as Julio Medem, Henrik Genz and Alejandro Amenabar and alongside actors as Kate Hudson, James Franco, Omar Sy, Jim Caviezel and Maria de Medeiros. Yet the one project I am most proud of is the independent feature “The Fox” and my character Thijs van Houten. It’s a gripping police thriller, very much in the style of Scandinavian film noir. It also marked my very first time working as an actor in my native country after years of working between the United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico.

As an actor, I love challenges. The characters that read like an insurmountable challenge make me feel both nervous and scared. That’s when I know I have to dive in. It’s the ones that frighten me the most, the ones where I wonder how they even thought of me to play them – those are the ones that put me on full alert, that make me question my normality and that teach me the most.

I have been fortunate enough to play a wide range of very different characters. The way I work is to look for the core essence of every character, what moves them internally, how that externalizes in their physical movement, what energy they give off. Apart from physicality and movement, music is one of my favorite tools to help define a character – I make endless playlists that help me define their energy and rhythm, while at the same time provide me with a short track to their emotional state when filming.

How do I see myself and what do I contribute as an actor? I love both comedy and drama in equal measure, and I bring both with the same authenticity. I consider myself to be a professional chameleon and dare anyone to scrutinize my work and find two characters that are even remotely the same. So there it is: I love what I do, I do what I do very well and I do it in five languages.