‘Prometheus’ Noomi Rapace Talks About Her Character “Elizabeth Shaw”

Posted Saturday, October 8th, 2011 03:00 pm GMT -5 by

In what has to be the most secretive film of 2012, tiny bits of director Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ continue to surface and just maybe by the time the film opens we’ll have an idea of what the film is actually about.

In an interview with Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, actress Noomi Rapace couldn’t discuss the films’ plot but she did give some insight into the character she will be portraying, “Elizabeth Shaw”.

The most intriguing part of the interview is acknowledgement of “Shaws” possible connection with “Ripley”. This just might be part of the language translation, but it sounds like maybe there’s a relationship beyond two heroines who rise to the occasion.

Here’s a piece of the interview:

“I play Elizabeth Shaw, researcher and archaeologist. She’s British but was raised in Africa because her father was a missionary. From him she learned to believe in God, and she has a strong inner self. She is the most complete person I have ever played. She has an inner light. She’s very stubborn and determined.

She lost her parents when she was a child, so she’s been alone from a young age. But she’s very intelligent. I know that when one has to survive alone from an early age, one becomes strong. But also fragile, because the hurt child within her hasn’t been able to evolve in a natural way. You get easily hurt emotionally. She’s full of hope, a dreamer, a little naive.

Halfway through the movie a lot of things happen and she turns into a fighter. Another part of her comes to life”

Does your character have a lot in common with the ‘Alien’ films character “Ellen Ripley”?:

“Yes, absolutely! There is a relationship there. I saw ‘Alien’ as a teenager and was blown away. Can it really be like that? She was the first female star. With ‘Alien’ and ‘Thelma and Loise’, Ridley has created a lot of hope and dreams”

Sigourney Weaver’s “Ripley” has always been a highlight of the ‘Alien’ films when she must not only battle the aliens but also a twisted corporate henchman. Rapace’s “Shaw” character might be the analog to Charlize Theron’s corporate villain “Vickers”. This would be in keeping with Scott’s dynamic in the original ‘Alien’ film as well as director James Cameron’s excellent sequel ‘Aliens’.

Official Synopsis:

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With ‘Prometheus’, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

‘Prometheus’ will debut in theaters June 8th, 2012.