Kristine Froseth’s journey into acting has been a fortunate one. You get the sense that it was written in the stars that Kristine would one day grace our screens. Her journey might have been fortunate, but she has managed to prove the doubters wrong. No one can doubt that Kristine’s ability as an actor.
Ever since Kristine broke through, she has shown a level of commitment and maturity that is rare for a person so young and inexperienced. Kristine has surprised even herself with how fast her acting career has taken off. Kristine’s star is on a rapid rise, and it’s only a matter of time before she makes it to the top.
Keep reading to find out more about this bright and young talent.
She grew up in two different worlds
Kristine was born in the United States to Norwegian parents. The nature of her dad’s job meant that she kept moving back and forth between New Jersey and Oslo, Norway.
According to Kristine, life in New Jersey was very different from life in Norway. In New Jersey, the family lived in the city, and her parents gave her very little freedom. Her parents feared for her safety in New Jersey, and so they had to keep a close eye on her.
Norway was much more fun and serene for Kristine. Her parents were more relaxed in Norway, and this meant that Kristine had more freedom. Kristine told Vanity Fair;
“In Norway, we lived in the woods, so we could run around and play. New Jersey was a lot more competitive; the playdates were scheduled, the parents were nervous, and I was a lot less independent. There’s no ‘off’ button with Americans. It’s crazy. For me, being around nature and horses is the best ‘off’ button there is.”
Kristine enjoyed Norway more than she enjoyed New Jersey. She loved that their Oslo home was right next to a bakery which made the best breakfast bread. Kristine also enjoyed swimming and eating ice cream at the nearby town of Drobak.
Kristine enjoyed it every time they moved to Norway, but the constant shifting meant that she didn’t have a fixed set of friends. She was constantly saying goodbye to friends and trying to fit in with others. She explained to V Magazine how the movement affected her social life;
“We would move back and forth every few years. I had to constantly try to fit in whatever friend group, so I would just adopt a lot of different personalities.”
She started out as a model
Kristine’s big break came in Oslo when she attended a catwalk event at a local mall. A talent scout spotted her at the mall, and he gave her an opportunity to become a model. The timing was just perfect for Kristine because, after three months, her family moved back to the United States.
The move to the United States provided Kristine with more modeling opportunities compared to Oslo. Modeling was a big step up for Kristine, who was a shy girl for most of her childhood. Kristine took the opportunity seriously, and after a short while, she started modeling for high profile designers in the fashion industry.
Kristine signed for IMG models when she got to New Jersey, and this opened the door for more modeling opportunities. She has modeled for several big name brands including, Juicy Couture, Armani, and H&M.
You can probably tell from Kristine’s astute fashion sense that she was once a model. Kristine draws inspiration from celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and the Olsen Twins when it comes to fashion. She told W magazine that the hipster movement is currently her biggest fashion influence;
“I didn’t realize until someone mentioned it the other day, but I’ve definitely been influenced by this whole hipster movement. You can’t avoid it. It’s all around you.”
She got her acting chance thanks to Looking for Alaska
Kristine never thought that she would become an actor, but she graciously accepted the opportunity when a director offered her a role in an adaptation of the John Green novel, Looking for Alaska. The project didn’t come to fruition, but it exposed her to the acting world. Kristine told WWD;
“I started acting through modeling; a director found me somehow, I assume through modeling, and asked me if I wanted to audition for this project that never got made. But through the whole audition process I met my manager and agents.”
The whole experience encouraged her to pursue an acting career, and she soon landed her first major role in the J.D. Salinger biopic, Rebel in the Eye. Her experience in the film taught her the differences between modeling and acting. According to her, as an actor, you pay less attention to the camera than you do in modeling. Kristine told W magazine;
“It was the most incredible first set to be on. It was so overwhelming, and I was so amazed that this is how movies are made…In modeling, you have to be so aware of your body and the camera, and that was one of my biggest challenges getting into acting because you are not supposed to be aware of the camera. It took me a minute to ignore the camera and lose yourself in it.”
2018 was her breakthrough year
Kristine took to acting like a duck to water, and in 2018, she booked starring roles in three major projects. She booked the role of Veronica in Sierra Burgess is a Loser, Ffion in Apostle, and Nola in the television miniseries, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.
Kristine’s busy schedule can be exhausting, but she enjoys dissecting the different characters that she plays. She told Vanity Fair;
“…I never really knew how to get into it, so I never had the guts to try it. It’s complete luck that I get to do this for a living. I’ve always been obsessed with human nature, and now I get to be a detective of sorts and dive into a character’s psychology – it’s a dream.”
Kristine’s 2019 is just as busy as her 2018. She will finally get to star in the adaptation of Looking for Alaska. Kristine will play the role of Alaska Young in the Hulu limited series set to be released on 18th October 2019.
She contributed to the story in Sierra Burgess is a Loser
Kristine’s role in Sierra Burgess is a Loser is probably her most iconic role to date. Kristine fell in love with the film’s storyline even before she started filming. She felt connected to her character, and she felt compelled to tell Veronica’s story as best as she could.
Kristine played the role of a mean girl called Veronica. She had to re-live her high school days to portray the role of Veronica perfectly. Kristine is far from a Veronica type of character, but she was used to seeing such characters, especially in American high schools. She told W Magazine;
“It was terrifying going back to high school. I didn’t like high school. But I was doing it from a completely different perspective. The mean girls, they terrified me, and now I had to play one. I had to play the person I disliked the most at school. But it was fun playing a cheerleader, I do have to say that.”
Kristine was heavily involved in deciding the path that Veronica would take. The director of the film, Ian Samuels, incorporated her ideas into the story to make it more engaging. Kristine feels that there are a lot of lessons to learn from Sierra Burgess is a Loser. She told Fangirlish;
“I think it’s important for them to see that in the end when everyone shows their true colors, that’s when everyone connects with each other…I hope that people watch this and can relate and will leave, after watching this movie, trying to stay true to who they are and realizing that high school isn’t forever and that high school does suck. Stay strong.”
She wants to star in many diverse roles
Kristine’s attraction to film started a young age, but not in the way that you might think. She is a confessed cinephile. Her shy nature meant that she was often indoors watching the latest films. She never thought that she would one day star in films and shows.
At the moment, she is looking forward to diverse roles in film and television. She doesn’t have a particular genre in mind, but she has a list of esteemed directors that she would love to work with. This illustrious list contains names such as Andrea Arnold, Steve McQueen, and Ruben Ostlund.
Kristine talked to WWD about why she would love to work with the above-listed directors. She said;
“I feel like they explore human nature in such a fascinating way, and that’s one my favorite parts about acting: you get to understand why people are the way they are, and why they do the things that they do. They see things that a lot of people don’t see, these directors.”
She is a feminist
Kristine cares a lot about women empowerment, and she wants to see women get better opportunities in Hollywood. She tries as much as she can to spread the message of women empowerment through her acting. In Sierra Burgess is a Loser, she worked on the story with the film director to bring out her feminist ideals.
She told Fangirlish; “The message of the movie is what makes it important. And I also think it’s different because it’s not about the romance really. I think it’s really about the friendship between Veronica and Sierra. So it’s more of a female empowered movie as well, which is incredible.”