Twist and Shout Star Camilla Soeberg Is Clearly No Plain Danish
updated 12/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
"Star?" Camilla Soeberg asks, still perplexed. "I've made only one movie."
One has been more than enough: Twist and Shout is the highest-grossing film in Danish history and Soeberg's performance has drawn raves during the movie's current nationwide release in the U.S. Moreover, the role was unusually daunting. In one harrowing sequence, Soeberg has a miscarriage in a bathroom following a back-room abortion with her boyfriend watching. "I had to use so much of myself emotionally, it was scary," she recalls. "I stood there holding on to the bathtub thinking it was like being in a burning house and looking down at firemen with a net. I just had to jump."
An eldest child whose mother is a divorced social worker in Copenhagen, Soeberg came to the U.S. at 15 as an exchange student and studied acting at Southern Pasadena (Calif.) High School. Two months after she returned home, she spotted a film audition notice in a Copenhagen paper. "It said you have to be very dedicated, very serious. I thought, 'I'm not even going to try, there will be so many people.' " There were—3,000 of them—but she won the part. Now she has a two-picture contract with Cannon Films and a decided (but undisclosed) raise. For Twist and Shout she got $3,500.