Sara Sommerfeld, a successful Swedish film, theater and TV actress, says she always had a clear thought of what she wants in life. "I wanted to be an actress, or a ballet dancer, or a singer. I wanted to do it all."
Sommerfeld grew up in a large family consisting of her mother Bea, her father Victor and four strong-minded sisters. Her parents, Polish imigrants that came to Sweden in 1968, encouraged her to take dancing and acting lessons of an early age. "I do feel lucky, I really do. I'm not sure that I've always the most talented person, but I've worked the most. I've been very stubborn that this is what I want to do."
"on paper, I'm Swedish.", Sara adds. "But, of course, I've never felt
that I'm totally Swedish. I've always felt a strong connection to my
Jewish identity, and I've always felt that I've been different from all
of my Swedish friends."
For her, being a Jew in Sweden will always be the odd-man out, much
like other immigrants in the Nordic country. "I have things in common
with this Muslim girl I'm portraying and her identity crisis and
problems being a Swedish Muslim. I can relate to that and those kinds
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