Gilmore WHIRL

Soap Opera Digest|January 13, 2020

Gilmore WHIRL

A sayoung girl in Stockholm, Sweden, Sofia Mattsson A sayoung girl in Stockholm, Sweden, Sofia Mattsson A sayoung girl in Stockholm, Sweden, Sofia Mattsson both of whom preceded her onto the stage. While her oldest sister, Mia, still lives in Sweden, where she’s a successful businesswoman, the middle Mattsson girl, Helena, moved to Los Angeles to launch her own acting career “at a pretty young age,’ Mattsson explains. “I would come visit her from Sweden and I just got amazed by the profession. When she was shooting DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES,” where she had an arc as Irina in 2010, “I got to follow her to set and see what it was like, from her trailer to filming. It was just the most fun thing in the world. That inspired me.”

Back in her home country, acting wasn’t the only hobby Matttson pursued. “I was very into modeling and singing and I played a little bit of piano,’ she recalls. When was 16, “T was in a band and recorded an album. It was me and two guys. We had some shows at local pubs. We went to Poland and shot a music video, which was really cool. It was an amazing experience and I loved it, but I realized that my biggest talent and passion and future was in acting.”

So, when she was 19, Mattsson followed in her sister’s footsteps, quite literally, and relocated to Los Angeles. “T left a lot behind there,’ she says of her homeland. “I had a lot of things going on in Sweden, but I was like, ‘No, I need to pursue acting!’ And I’m so happy I did.”

But the transition was not without its challenges. “It was very tough and very, very different,’ she says of finding her footing in California. “I had to learn how to drive, and finding friends was really hard. It’s still hard. It’s hard to find genuine friends when you didn’t grow up with them, and it’s hard to make friends when you’re older, I think. And then I had to get a manager and an agent and that was hard in itself. It’s very competitive, very hard.”


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January 13, 2020