An accomplished actress and director, Paprika Steen is renowned for her extensive Danish film and television work. Blonde, beautiful and remarkably prolific, Steen kicked off her screen career in earn...
Featured in "The Celebration," which garnered international attention
Featured in "Open Hearts"
Featured in "Love Is All You Need"
Appeared in "Mifune," the third Dogme production
Starred in "Applause"
An accomplished actress and director, Paprika Steen is renowned for her extensive Danish film and television work. Blonde, beautiful and remarkably prolific, Steen kicked off her screen career in earnest during the mid-1990s, finding recurring TV roles in her homeland. Later in the decade, she became aligned with the naturalistic Dogme 95 film movement, most notably turning up in a featured role in Thomas Vinterberg's barbed drama "The Celebration" (1998). In 2002, Steen solidified her status as a significant Danish screen presence with the dramas "Okay" and "Open Hearts," and, two years later, she made her directorial debut with the lauded tragedy "Aftermath" (2004). She returned to helming duties with the dark comedy "With Your Permission" (2007), and remained busy, notably appearing in the romantic comedy "Love Is All You Need" (2012). Consistently acclaimed for her performances, Steen has garnered the reputation of being the Danish counterpart to Meryl Streep. <p>The daughter of a musician and an actress, Steen was born in Copenhagen and raised in an artistic family along with her actor/musician brother, Nikolaj. After gaining experience in Danish stage productions, she transitioned to film and television, with her international success arriving with various feature dramas and comedies. She appeared in the first three productions by the experimental Dogme 95 collective; after a brief spot in Lars von Trier's "The Idiots" (1998), Steen played more prominent roles in "The Celebration," as well as Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's "Mifune" (1999). She later impressed critics and audiences alike with her lead turn in the dramedy "Okay" and a supporting part in the ensemble drama "Open Hearts," written by Anders Thomas Jensen and directed by Susanne Bier, who would both become frequent collaborators of the in-demand actress. </p><p>In 2004, Steen proved that she could carry a movie as a director with "Aftermath," a moody portrait of grief. Following a featured role in Jensen's quirky crowd-pleaser "Adam's Apples" (2005), she directed his script for "With Your Permission," another offbeat comedy. Throwing an uncharacteristic turn in the sci-fi/horror film "The Substitute" (2007) into the mix, Steen later won accolades for her emotive performance as a troubled actress and mother in "Applause" (2009). In 2012, she appeared in the NYC-set gay drama "Keep the Lights On" and the lighthearted "Love Is All You Need," with Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm, films that strayed outside of her comfort zone of Denmark-centric productions. </p><p> </p>
Steen is the only actress with roles in all of the initial three Dogme 95 films: "The Idiots," "The Celebration" and "Mifune."
"The whole Dogme thing was also a revolution of getting Danish film back on the map again, so I came from that group: a Brat Pack, Rat Pack, I don’t know what you call it here. We were like a group of actors and directors that were on the same path in many ways, and in some mysterious way we all met and became socially involved, too. We were friends, a lot of us, and a lot of them are still my friends." - from The AV Club, Jan. 21, 2011
"Dogme taught me to think in the now and to dance with the camera. I started to see it as a partner instead of a big strange instrument that controlled me. The camera became my friend." - from The San Francisco Chronicle, April 8, 2012