Lena speaks Swedish at home with husband and two children.
In 2001, Lena was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture category for the film Chocolat.
After Lena graduated theater studies, she performed in classic stage plays of Shakespeare and Ibsen.
Lena played alongside Harrison Ford in the 2003 movie Hollywood Homicide. She was cast as his love interest.
Lena's first appearance was on Ingmar Bergman's movie Face to Face in 1976. She was cast after Bergman saw her talent in an audition back in 1972 (although she didn't succeed).
Lena's professions are actor, hospital orderly, and a substitute teacher.
Lena's father is Stig Olin, an actor who appeared in Ingmar Bergman's directions. Her mother, Britta Olin, stopped acting at age 30 in order to raise her children. They are divorced.
Lena is a stepmother to Johan Hallström, born 1976, her husband's son from his previous marriage.
In 2003, she joined the Alias cast for one season.
Lena appeared in the humorous crime drama The Swedish Job in 2004.
Her first tv role was on the show Alias.
She left the TV show Alias so that she could spend more time with her family in New York.
She began her career on stage of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.
Lena is the youngest of three siblings. She has two brothers, Mats and Per Olin.
Bergman created the role she played in the 1984 movie After the Rehearsal especially for her.
She recieved the New York Film Critics Award for Best Actress, for her preformance in the movie Enemies, A Love Story.
Lena is educated at the Royal Dramatic Theater (Sweden).
Lena has a daughter, Tora Maria Elin, born in 1995, with her husband Lasse Hallström.
She has a son, August, with actor Örjan Ramberg.
In 1994, she got an MTV Movie Award nomination (Best Action Sequence) for
Romeo Is Bleeding.
Lena won the - Miss Scandinavia contest of 1975.
Her height is 5'11" (180 cm).
Lena has been married to the director Lasse Hallström since 18. March 1994.
Her brother is the actor and singer Mats Olin.
Lena Olin returned as a guest to Alias in the last two episodes of the 4th season. She was a regular only on the 2nd season.
She won a New York Film Critics Circle award for Enemies: A Love Story (1989).
Lena was Golden Globe nominated for best supporting actress in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).
She was nominated for a British Academy Award, best supporting actress in Chocolat.
She was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in the film Enemies: A Love Story (1989).
She was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her role on Alias (2002).
Lena Olin: In some ways TV is hard. You get the script and you shoot it right away. There's no thinking or process in searching it out. It's an adrenaline kick in some ways, but it's also dangerous. I think that something can break along the way in television. You're doing it so fast all the time. Maybe if I'm always going that fast with my acting I'll wear something out that I can't replace. I've been thinking about that a lot. For the actors, it's so different. If you have a script and rehearsal and time to find the fifth or sixth way to play a scene, you're strong. With the tremendously short time you have on TV, it can wear you out and be dangerous.
Lena Olin: (on having an "Alias" action figure) I like that. There weren't many [of them] for the Bergman stuff. He didn't do many action sequences.
Lena Olin: I want to show that from the negative, when you dare to see it, the positive is born, because there is the root to the good. I have inside myself, for example, a sharp aggression. But if you remove it, I loose my creativity. I have a great insecurity, but if you remove it, I also lose my sensitivity. Good theater is the theater that can make it a little attractive, a bit cool, to have these dark inner depths. You must be a bit afraid of them. I have a big need of spending time being alone, just to fear these dark sides. We must have secrets. That's why I almost never agree, or rarely, to really personal interviews: you must have large pools, untouched inside yourself.
Lena Olin: There are no patterns that lasts a lifetime. Some people can't stand the floating boarders. They decide on one life philosophy and live thereafter. But I've decided not to decide. I don't know everything. I don't understand everything. Both my own and others reactions are often a mystery to me. I let it be that way, hoping that maybe, instead, I can learn to understand the pattern of no patterns.
Lena Olin: I've always made a point to do things that people wouldn't expect me to do because I think there is danger in becoming the big actress, the star, because then you have things to protect, and there's no way you can work as an actor protecting things.
Lena Olin: We built a house in Sweden and we spend the summers there. We go swimming and play a lot of golf - it's like paradise.
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