Sofia Mattsson (Sasha)
GH’s Sofia Mattsson (Sasha)
gH newcomer Sofia Mattsson has always appreciated Christmas, but this year finds her more than ready to enjoy all the quality family time that comes with the holiday. “My mom was in a bad accident this year,” explains the actress who plays Sasha. “Thank God she is okay now, but it was very scary for a while, and it made me realize how precious every second we get with family is.”
Needless to say, she’s eager to have a joyful holiday, and her crew has its fair share of traditions to achieve that goal — from dancing around the tree holding hands and singing Christmas songs to gorging on her grandmother Majken’s rice pudding, which her mother, Irene, now makes. “It’s far from normal rice pudding,” Mattsson grins. “It has way more cream and sugar in it. And my grandmother used to put one almond in the serving bowl, and the myth was that whoever ended up getting it in their plate was the next one to get married! It obviously didn’t work… but my sisters and I thought it was super exciting.”
This beauty clearly has a sweet tooth, because she still remembers stealing gingerbread bites as a tyke. “One of my first holiday memories,” she says, “is making the yearly gingerbread house with my older sisters, Cecilia and Helena, when I was around 4.
“I thought the dough was just as delicious as the finished thing,” she adds with a laugh, “and just couldn’t stop eating it… instead of contributing to the house-building!”
This Christmas will see Mattsson’s clan come together as always, but it’s going to be a whole new adventure. “I’m actually going to the Caribbean with family,” she reveals. “It’s going to feel a little weird, because we’re used to traditional Christmases at home. But this year, I guess I’ll be celebrating Christmas Day with a piña colada on the beach!”
“It’s been a busy year, so I’m looking forward to relaxing with family, listening to cozy holiday music and eating a lot of good food,” says the GH newcomer.