Anita Briem is Iceland’s it-girl. The 24-year-old Icelandic actress recently had her first big break, starring in Hollywood movie Journey to the Center of the Earth.
The US produced adventure movie recently finished shooting in Iceland. Iceland’s blonde and petite sweetheart plays a tour guide, confused about her own place in life.
The movie is based on the classic science fiction novel of the same name, written by Jules Verne in 1864, but is set in the modern world.
Briem’s co-stars in the movie are Brendan Fraser, who plays a scientist on the hunt for the truth, and Josh Hutcherson, whose character is a handsome teenager looking for his father.
The adventure film is directed by Eric Brevic. According to Nýtt Líf magazine, it is the first of its kind, shot in High Definition-3D, using the latest recording technology.
Briem started acting as a nine-year-old, playing one of the leads in a children’s play staged by the Icelandic National Theater.
In an interview with Nýtt Líf, Briem said auditioning for the part had been her grandmother’s idea, but Briem liked acting so much that she stayed at the National Theater for another three plays.
At 17, Briem moved to London to pursue her career and enrolled two years later she to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
After graduating in 2004, she got her first role in a movie, a Spanish produced thriller called The Nun. Briem says that even though it wasn’t the best movie it provided her with valuable experience.
Later she had a role in an episode of Doctor Who, popular British TV series produced by the BBC, starring Billie Piper. Briem also acted in British theater for a while.
In 2005 Briem had an audition with ABC in Los Angeles for a permanent role in their new TV series The Evidence, with Orlando Jones, Rob Estes and Martin Landau. She got the part.
After eight episodes it was decided to cease producing the TV series. Briem saw that as a positive thing, and moved on to the Hollywood film industry, quickly landing the role in Journey to the Center of the Earth.