She’s the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but Noomi Rapace could also be called “the girl of Latin-descent.”
The 31-year-old Swedish-born actress is the daughter of Rogelio Durán, a flamenco singer/dancer from Badajoz, Spain.
Rapace was able to tap into her Spanish roots to prepare for her role in the highly anticipated film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
“My father was a flamenco dancer in Spain,” explains Rapace, who will star as a Gypsy fortune teller in the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster hit Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. “So I think my doing this was meant to be.”
In the latest installment of Sherlock Holmes, Rapace—in her first English-speaking role—even shares a sexy dancing scene with Law. And, should could prove to be a serious love interest for Holmes.
Rapace rose to fame by starring as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish big screen adaptations of late author Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium series” books, which resulted in numerous best actress award nominations for the actress.
Even though she won’t be starring in the American versions of the “Millennium series” movies, Sherlock marks just the beginning of her Hollywood career. She’s currently filming the thriller, Prometheus.
Meanwhile, Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows opens nationwide this Friday, December 16.