Björk...versus reality

As news recently surfaced about Björk being confirmed as part of the cast of the forthcoming Robert Eggers film "The Northman" together with her daughter Ísadóra (Read the news here)

We're taking the chance to recall what she said in an interview for Dazed & Confused more than 20 years ago after starring "Dancer in the Dark", film by danish director Lars von Trier.

When asked about the similarities on what music means to her and Selma, her character in Dancer in the Dark, Björk said:

"About 60 to 70 per cent of my head space is music always, and even though I’m talking to you now I’m only 30 per cent with you. It’s as if I’m DJing in my head unconsciously [...] like this is my little temple, my survival kit. It was also the first time in my life that someone burst in there and demanded that space. [...] So suddenly I was getting terrified because I was finding myself in situations where [...] the world was invading what I’d been able to get away with for 33 years."

It's in this interview that Björk also reveals how she felt like she wasn't acting, as she stablished a deeply personal relation with her character:

"I don’t think I really acted. I think I became her for two years. As far as I’m concerned, last summer I killed a man, and I was executed, and it’s a bit naive, but it is just the way I am."

It's clear her psyche was really interconnected with that of her character, and it seems that, in a way, that made her feel really weird in regard to the film; added to the sexual harassment accusations she made public in 2017 against the actions of director Lars von Trier, it's no surprise she also declared this at the time:

"I’m never going to do (a film) ever. It’s just not for me. Respect to the people who are doing it."

As said earlier, it seems that she has changed her mind, so we can only hope to see her shining on the big screen once again with her role in The Northman!

This article highlights parts of an interview for Dazed & Confused n°65, released May 1st, 2000. Read the full interview here.

Photography by David Sims
August 31, 2020