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Why you’ll never want to challenge rising star Gustav Lindh to a game of movie trivia

By Eliza Sörman Nilsson

With delicate good looks and the acting chops to back them up, Gustav Lindh is poised to be Sweden’s next big Hollywood star – a role he’s been preparing for all his life. We meet the self-described movie nerd at, where else, the cinema

Gustav Lindh strolls through the double doors of Stockholm’s Victoria Cinema and removes his Matrix-style shades. Perched at a table on the upstairs mezzanine, I am looking down at a movie star. He smiles and walks towards me. “I’m Gustav,” he says, hand outstretched, unaware that I have been researching him incessantly for the past several days.


“This is my area. This is my cinema,” he says as he sips his americano. It is a symbolic meeting place; though Lindh has walked red carpets next to Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and Ethan Hawke and worked with some of the industry’s top directors, at his heart he is a movie buff whose greatest love is the craft of acting itself.