Birth Name: Tuva Moa Matilda Karolina Novotny Hedström
Name: Tuva Novotny
Birthdate: December 21, 1979
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Residence: Copenhagen, Denmark
Age: 38
Parents: Barbro Hedström and David Jan Novotný
Siblings: A sister and four more siblings
Partner: Norwegian boyfriend
Children: Two Daughters
Hair: Dark blonde
Eyes: Blue/Green
Height: 5′ 4½” / 164 cm

Tuva Moa Matilda Karolina Novotny Hedström, born 21 December 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden is a Swedish actress, director, singer and scriptwriter. She’s the daughter of Czech director and teacher David Novotný and the artist Barbro Hedström.

Tuva Novotny was born in Stocholm but she mainly grew up in the countryside of Sweden in a place called Åmot in Värmland. She’s the second oldest of five siblings and in her childhood she starred in theatre plays and danced some classic ballet. She also played in some bands and her instrument of choice was the bas. She moved back to Stockholm to study theatre and music at the high school ‘S:t Eriks gymnasium’ and for a couple of months she also lived and studied acting in the Czech Republic. She didn’t finish her studies there because it didn’t suit here she said, “I got my institutional complex confirmed, it didn’t suit my authoritative sceptical personality.”

Her first acting job was in a Swedish program for teenagers by the state driven channel SVT (Swedish Television) and the program “Bullen” in 1996. In the same year she also appeared in a music video for the Swedish artists Jill Johnson & Jan Johansen.

Later in 1996 she got her first big part and made a name for herself in the Swedish series/soap opera “Skilda världar” (1996–2000). She starred in a total of 133 episodes and in between she debuted on the big screen in director Daniel Alfredsons movie “Tic Tac” (1997). The movie received several awards and nominations and Tuva was praised for her role.

During the 00’s she has appeared in several international movies and TV Series, from countries such as Denmark, Norway, Great Britain, Czech Republic, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Japan and Sweden. She has been in some theatre plays, and of of them was the Swedish play “Limbo” in 2003 which was a huge success.

In 2010 she got a part in the Hollywood movie “Eat Pray Love” alongside big stars such as Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. Julia Roberts praised Tuva in interviews, “The first scene we recorded is at the cappuccino bar. That’s where my character is overwhelmed by the whole experience and Tuva’s character is very demanding. I was so impressed by her independent style that I think I looked up to her the rest of the film. We are in the middle of the crowd and she screams and rambles in Italian. It was so impressive. She was really fun to hang out and spend some time with and I got to know her a little. In addition, she did a really good job!”

In 2013 she starred in five Swedish TV Movies and portrayed Puck Ekstedt, which was based on author Maria Langs popular crime novels.

Next big Hollywood movie is the upcoming “Annihilation” (2018) which also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Natalie Portman. She’s also stars in “Borg/McEnroe” with Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård and her part is as Björn Borg’s first wife, Romanian tennis player Mariana Simionescu. The movie premiered in September 2017 at the Toronto Film Festival.

In recent years she has worked a lot in Norway, starring in several movies and TV Series. One of them the internationally successful TV series “Dag” (2010-2015) in which she had one of the main parts. She also debuted as a director in 2010 for an episode of “Dag” and continued to direct the total of four episodes. She also directed an episode of the series “Lilyhammer” (2012–2014) in 2014.

For several years she has also written screenplays for film and television, mainly in Norway.

Tuva is inspired by philosophy and existentialism and appreciate authors like Albert Camus, “Camus is an inspiration for me, always. I think he reminds me that I’m not dystopic just because I can point out and live with the darker sides of life. I feel less alone when I read him.”

Since 2003 she lived in Copenhagen with her then husband, the adventurer Nicolai Bjerrum Lersbryggen but is now together with a Norwegian boyfriend since a couple of years and lives both in Norway and in Copenhagen in Denmark with him. She likes to withdraw from the “celebrity life” and refuses to talk about herself and her family. She doesn’t think its relevant for her job as an actress and artist and she also doesn’t get dressed up for magazine photoshoots or events and if she’s getting photographed she will bring her own clothes and make up.

Tuva isn’t just a very talented artist she’s also a strong and confident woman that is very much needed in a business that can often focus on shallow things rather than the art and creativity of film.

She has a manifesto where she sets out clear rules for how the images should look, “After thirteen years as an actor, I have taken a stand to help young girls strive for the glamorizing and superficial appearance of the film and fashion industry. Specifically, it means that I never make front pages and I do not use more makeup than usual and use only clothes that I could wear on my own.”

And it has been getting some response from younger women, “I get a response from teenage girls who think it’s nice for someone to show up as they are. It is clear that there is insecurity in my industry if you are after 25. It is a lot of retouching, a lot of beautification everywhere. I think it’s being fake to show yourself in beautifying situations, as an actor, you should only enjoy the aging, you develop your characteristic.”

Inför intervjuer får tidningarna ta del av följande meddelande:
“Efter tretton år som skådespelare har jag tagit ställning mot att medverka till att unga flickor strävar efter film- och modebranschens glamouriserande och ytliga utseendeideal.
Konkret innebär det att jag aldrig gör förstasidor, att jag vid fotograferingar inte använder mer smink än normalt och bara använder kläder som jag skulle kunna ha på mig privat. Jag ville att ni skulle veta det, så att er stylist inte blir frustrerad över att jag vägrar ta på mig den superfunky pinke galla-kjolen och för att sminkösen ska slippa bära med sig den stora väskan.
Det kan verka naivt att tro att man kan göra skillnad, men detta är något jag uppriktigt ser som mitt ansvar.
Kära hälsningar Tuva”

Prior to interviews, magazines will receive the following message:
“After thirteen years as an actor, I have taken a stand to help young girls strive against the glamorizing and superficial appearance of the film and fashion industry.
Specifically, it means that I never make front pages, that I do not use more makeup than usual and I only use clothes that I would normally wear. I wanted you to know so that your stylist does not get frustrated that I refuse to take on the superfunky pink gala dress and that the make up artist doesn’t have to carry the the big bag.
It may seem naive to believe that one can make a difference, but this is something I sincerely see as my responsibility.
Dear greetings Tuva”

Last updated on August 21, 2017.
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  • Knows how to play the violin.
  • Likes the series Transperent and some of her favorite direcotrs are Spike Jonze, Terrence Malick and Federico Fellini.
  • Was in a band called “Rambo Allstars” when she was a teenager.
  • Her mother is an artist, who does mostly sculptures.
  • Loves to take photographs.
  • Named as one of European films’ Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion in 2002.
  • Father’s from Prague.
  • On November 23, 2004, she was appointed by Prince Joachim of Denmark to one of four Swedish H.C. Andersen ambassadors to celebrate the author’s 200th anniversary in 2005.
  • Gave birth to a daughter named Ella Bjerrum Lersbryggen in 2007 and her second daughter Lilly Bjerrum Lersbryggen in 2009. The father is her long-term partner Nicolai Bjerrum Lersbryggen.
  • Speaks Swedish, Czech, Danish, Norwegian and Englishon a native level. She also speaks some French.