MODUS | Melinda Kinnaman on Series 2 of the sinister Swedish drama...
We get a sneak preview of the Nordic Noir’s second season with Melinda Kinnaman.
“I COULD FEEL IN A VISCERAL WAY, THIS GUY COULD ACTUALLY KILL ME ”
I’m really excited, I think this second season is going to be really good,” says Melinda Kinnaman when Crime Scene catches up with her as she’s preparing to shoot Modus in Stockholm. It’s good news for fans of the first series, even if the festive crime spree on BBC Four was a chilling experience.
It turns out Kinnaman ( The Bridge), who plays criminal psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik, even scared herself watching it. “Even though I knew what was going to happen, I was crawling into the corner of the sofa,” she says. Recalling filming her scene with the murderer, she adds: “I could feel in a visceral way, this guy could actually kill me.”
Some friends told Kinnaman they were reluctant to watch as Inger’s autistic daughter, Stina (Esmeralda Struwe), was stalked by the show’s serial killer. The child actor returns for the new episodes, though viewers may notice a difference given the two-year gap. “Esmeralda is already taller than me,” admits Kinnaman.
For Series 2, she reveals, several British actors – names not yet confirmed – are on board as FBI agents. Inger used to work for the US agency but returned home for reasons that weren’t entirely explained last time. “My past kind of catches up with me, because something happens in Sweden and the FBI needs to come over. It turns out she had a very destructive relationship with her mentor at the FBI, but now she needs to collaborate with him.”
Another twist for this season is that it all takes place over three days in late winter. “It’s really intense,” says Kinnaman.
The show is based on a series of novels by Norwegian author Anne Holt, with Series 2 adapted from Death In Oslo. “She said you can take from any books and mix it around. It gives us a fantastic freedom,” co-creator Mai Brostrom tells Crime Scene. Modus was a huge ratings hit in Sweden, so Kinnaman’s glad she changed her mind after initially turning down the role of Inger. “She has a strong intuition and a lot of experience, but she also has her faults. It’s a fantastic part.” Modus Series 1 is on DVD.