Nikolaj Coster Waldau

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Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones


7/27/1970, Denmark

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  • In his youth: Nikolaj Coster Waldau were born in Denmark in a city called Rudkoebing and raised in a city called Thybjerg. He has two older sisters. His mom were chief librarian in Glumsoelibrary and his dad did some work did some work on greenland so he was almost never home. His dad was also a alcoholic. His career Nikolaj Coster Waldau waseducated at Statens Theater School in 1989-1993. He had his debut as Laertes in Hamlet at the Betty Nansen Theater. His role in movie Nightwatch (1994) made him famous in Denmark. Some time afterNightwatch he traveled to England. He has had several small parts in foreign movies like: Bent (1996), Misery Harbour (1999), Enigma (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001). Nikolaj Coster Waldau is married to Sascha Coster Waldau (Real name: Sascha Nukaka), who is a singer from Greenland. They have two girls together named Saffina and Philippa. The reasonNikolaj Coster Waldau acting career is because he wanted to travel and see the world. Not what many danish actors desire. He didn't meet many danes who shared his high ambitions.moreless

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    • Nikolaj: (his thoughts on immortality) I think immortality is if there's one thing that unites all of us, it's the fact that we're dying, and, for a lot of us, I think myself included, you look at he idea of death with some anxiety and fear. Of course, immortality, I guess, it's always been part of literature.

    • Nikolaj: (about what attracted him to accept the role on "New Amsterdam") I liked the script. I heard the concept first and I was a little, "does this mean I have to have false teeth and all," but then I read the script and I really liked it. You know that feeling. I went up in the attic the other day and I found old notebooks that I wrote when I was in my teens and, it was funny, because I kind of recognized the guy, but still, he was someone else.

    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: In Denmark we get sent into war. We don't like to talk about it. We have soldiers in Iraq. I don't think that these men were ready to kill or get killed. But it's their job - the circumstances have changed.

    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Acting school is okay, but one simply doesn't learn certain things. You get an awareness of yourself, but, I think as an actor, you can only learn through experience. That's the way I see it.

    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Experience is the only way to learn as an actor.

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    • According to Nikolaj, he would love to be good at history.

    • Nikolaj claims that he not a specialist in anything, which is one reason why he became an actor.

    • Nikolaj was a big fan of Lasse Hallstrom (executive producer of New Amsterdam) even before he was cast on New Amsterdam.

    • Nikolaj had to read about New York's history to familiarize with the city so he could play an immortal character in the show New Amsterdam.

    • Nikolaj has a lot of experience of working on stage, his theatre credits include playing Kane in "Live And Humain Remains", Elliot in "Private Lives" and Laertes in "Hamlet".

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