Tómas Lemarquis is a half Icelandic and half French actor. He grew up in the heart of Reykjavík during the first 20 years of his life. He went to Paris to study acting and returned to Iceland to continue his studies in the Academy of Fine Arts in Reykjavík. Tómas is a man I would describe as an adventurous type that sees a good adventure and endless opportunities in life. He’s known for being creative and has starred in a couple of the most well-known films in the Icelandic cinema. One of the latest parts he landed was a role in the new X-Men movie that’s going to premiere this year, on the 18th of May. I have to say I think everybody that has been a fan of the X-Men movies is definitely exited for the new one!
Tell me about the X-Men movie you starred in. How was the experience having a role in such a big Hollywood movie?
I will be seen in the role of Caliban. I can’t say much. But it was a really fun character to do. It was the first time for me, I was working with a 3D Camera which was both imposing and at the same time exciting. All the crew was super professional and fun to work with. I like to explore all kinds of different situations. It is both exciting to work on a huge scale Hollywood film like this as it is to work on small arthouse films. Just for very different reasons. Right after shooting X Men I went to shoot a film with the artist Emre Huner, a film which was shown at the Istanbul Biennial: it was just him and me with a camera shooting in East Turkey at the Syrian and Iranian boarder just before it became to tense to go there. It was creatively super free and fun. There are some things a big set and money allows and others that you could only do with very little money and a small crew.
You are an actor and a visual artist, does it hold hands in your profession? And do you equally do both?
The last years I have focused more on the acting. Which is great because I like to work with other people. But as an actor you are always in the service of some one else’s vision. And therefore I like to go back to art regularly because I have more creative control. Which is also nice. My dream is to direct also.
How long have you been working as an actor and a visual artist?
I started working at the turn of the century.
You recently moved to L.A., tell me about your move and experience of the first month in LA, and your goals?
I like to look at life as one big adventure. And for it to be an adventure there needs to be challenges. I like to try new things. I had been 10 years in Berlin and wanted to try something new. It has been some process to get my working visa for the US. And now I just got it in February. So I am gonna give it a try here in the city of angels. It is a very interesting melting pot here.
When I was a kid there were two things I was sure of. That I would never live in America and I would never learn German. Now after I have done both. I have to recognise that I love breaking down my own prejudges. I certainly had quite many of them concerning L.A. before I moved here. And I have been happy to be positively surprised. But it is a city of extremes. Extreme poverty as well as extreme richness. Extreme superficiality and extreme deep heartfelt people. And for an observing actor having all the flora like that presented on a plate is very inspiring.
My goal is to make as many contacts as I can and start booking jobs. I had my very first film experience last weekend when I filmed sketches with the robot Sophia from Hanson robotics. It was still a new experience in the bank. To act with a robot. And I just love being with good people in a room with a turned on camera with a blinking “rec” light.
What is the hardest role you have played?
It depends if we talk about emotionally hard or physically hard.
The Romanian film “Touch me not” I am in the middle of now. Has been emotionally challenging in a good way. Digging quite a lot in my own psychology which is both hard and gratifying.
In the horror thriller “Painless” I did in Spain, I had to be in a whole latex costume for 48 hours. I went to the hotel and slept with it. Then I shot next to a fire. And my sweat almost started boiling in the costume I couldn’t get out of. I got some burn marks. That was quite challenging.
What is the most fun role you have played?
I guess the first real strong love leaves a strong imprint. Acting the role of Noi in “Noi Albinoi” as my first lead role was and stays an unforgettable experience.
Do you have any plans moving back to Iceland one day?
I am a big nature person. And I have traveled all around the globe. And the more I travel the more I love Iceland and appreciate its beauty in the big picture. The nature and the energy there is so unique. And so are many people there. I come there on a very regular basis. For now, trying to find work in my field, it is a bit too small. But who knows where I might end up in my old days.
What do you do in your spare time.
These last years I have spent a lot of my free time in pursuit of some spiritual practises in one form or an other, and two years ago I started learning shamanism in Germany. It is Peruvian shamanism. Not to confuse with Peruvian shamanism which uses medicinal plants. These are techniques for healing which uses altered stages of consciousness. Trans states through breathing or drumming. Traveling to the patient’s past to heal the future.
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Art director & Stylist | Sigrun Jorgensen.
Photographer | Birta Rán Björgvinsdóttir.
Clothing | JÖR by Guðmundur Jörundsson.
Sigrun Asta Jorgensen is a freelance stylist and makeup artist, recently graduated with honors from Reykjavik Fashion Academy. Alongside styling - she's driven by art directing various fashion projects.
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