Swedish actress Sofia Karemyr tells us about her recent roles in The Playlist and Partisan – and her favourite thing about Christmas

Alex Minnis
Alex Minnis

Alex is the Founder and Content Creator for Nordic Watchlist. He has a passion for all things Scandinavian as well as for film and TV, and has more than 12 years of experience working in the travel industry for the Nordic region.

Sofia Karemyr is a Swedish actress from Stockholm who has had some great roles in the last few years and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of her in the next few!

She is best known for her roles in the films Call Girl and Becoming Astrid, and the TV series Älska mig (Love Me) and Partisan – check the bottom of the interview for where you can find these to watch now.

This year she popped up in The Playlist on Netflix, a popular series about the founding team behind Spotify in Sweden. Sofia is enjoying increased success, and we caught up with her as she gets in the festive mood to ask her about her recent roles and what she has coming up in 2023.

Hi Sofia – how is your day going?

Hi there! I’m doing great, besides trying my best to cope with the very short and dark days that Sweden this time of the year brings us. The Christmas lights makes it very cosy though!

It is almost Christmas – what is one of your favourite traditions during the festive season?

I love everything about Christmas! One of my favourite traditions is this nordic one we have on Lucia, the 13th of December, where choirs sing special holiday songs while they are dressed in white dresses and holding burning candles. I realize it sounds very much like a sect, haha, but it’s very beautiful and really gets you in the mood for Christmas.

It’s been a great year for you – how exciting was it to be part of The Playlist on Netflix and how impressed have you been with the reception the series has received?

It really has been, thank you! I’m very happy to be a part of such a big and wonderful production. The reception has been even better than I expected it would be. Since the series is so special, the episodes looks very different from each other and because of that the story telling becomes very unique, I wasn’t sure how that was going to be received.

I think because of that the series has something for everyone, if you’re not very into the music industry part of it you might like the tech part and vice versa. I think it’s very interesting to finally get to see the story behind such a world-changing company. 

The Playlist: Sofia with co-star Ulf Stenburg – Photo Credit: Jonas Alarik / Netflix

We’ve recently had Viaplay available to us in the UK which features Love Me which was not previously available in the UK – tell us about the series and your role in it?

Ah, Love Me has such a special place in my heart. We shot the first season four years ago, it was one of my first big roles on Swedish television, it was a wonderful cast and crew and so much has happened since then. In the series you get to follow three different generations battling love life, friendship, hardships and success.

I play Jenny, the best friend of Aron who is the youngest sibling in the family that the story is set around. We represent the youngest generation where you’re in your 20s, you don’t really know what you’re doing but trying your best to figure things out. Jenny is smart, fair, kind and a bit afraid to let people in. It’s a series where you laugh and cry with all characters, a must see!

Next up we have the second season of Partisan – what can we expect from your character after the events of the first season?

Season one really left us with a lot of questions, didn’t it? And I would say that season two explains a lot of them! Interesting flashbacks are combined with a few new characters that together help us reveal stuff that at least I was very curious about when the last season ended. My character is still the rebellion that she is while at the same time facing situations where she is shaken to her very core, which makes her question and rethink her relationships and her future.

What will happen next in the new series of Partisan?

What is coming up for you in 2023 and what are you most excited about for next year?

In the spring of 2023 a new Swedish series called Strandhotellet airs, also on Viaplay, which I’m very excited about. More than that I don’t think I can say at the moment. 

Tell us about some of the series, films, and music you have really enjoyed in 2022 – any recommendations?

I’ve actually, finally, discovered the world of Game of Thrones! I watched everything for the first time this spring and was surprised how much I enjoyed it, I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy but this one got me. And of course, I watched House of the Dragon when that premiered.

Other then that I would recommend the latest (and first if you haven’t seen it) season of The White Lotus, an absolutely brilliant series. And also, my top artist on Spotify this year was LÈON, she makes the most soothing and sometimes heart breaking music, you have to listen to her if you haven’t!

You can find Sofia everywhere at the moment – The Playlist can be watched over on Netflix, Love Me is on Viaplay UK, and Partisan Season 1 and 2 can be watched over on Walter Presents/All 4 – enjoy!

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