Seidi Haarla • Actress
"I think that actors can be good directors"
by Ana Stanic
BERLINALE 2021: The emerging Finnish actress talks about her artistic drive and how it's shaping her career, as well as who she wishes to work with
Seidi Haarla was born in Kirkkonummi, Finland and now lives in Turku on the country's southwest coast. Her acting career started in 2004 with performances on stage at the Helsinki Student Theater. Her formal training in acting begun in 2005 with one semester at the Russian State Theater Academy in Saint Petersburg . She completed a Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama) in 2015 at the Art University of Helsinki. In 2018, she starred in Love&Order, which won Finland's Best TV Series Award. She played the leading role in the omnibus film, Force of Habit (2019), which was nominated for the Finnish Academy Awards (Jussi Awards) as Best Finnish Film. Most recently, she was cast as the lead in Compartment no 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, whose previous film, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki [+see also:
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile] premiered at and won the selection's main award in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. Compartment no 6 is in post-production and will premiere in 2021. Seidi has also co-written and acted in the critically acclaimed autofictive theater plays The Trauma Body (2014) and New Childhood (2020).
The emerging Finnish actress, now selected for the 2021 Shooting Stars, talks about her artistic drive and how it's shaping her career (as well as wishing to work with German filmmaker Maren Ade).