Hera Hilmarsdóttir, better known as Hera Hilmar, is an Icelandic actress who has worked in the film industry since 1995. She is currently in the spotlight for portraying the role of Maghra in the Apple TV+ show See.
She is most acknowledged for her roles as Vanessa in Da Vinci’s Demons, Varya in Anna Karenina, Eik in the Icelandic film Life in a Fishbowl, and Lillie in The Ottoman Lieutenant.
Many people are unaware that Hilmar began her career as an actor at five. Her debut appeared in the 1995 film Tears of Stone, based on the life of Icelandic musician Jon Leifs.
Hera Hilmar is open to writing and directing
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the interviewer questioned the actress about what kind of career she envisioned for herself. Hilmer replied that she wanted to go with her instinct.
“I think it’s sometimes hard to know exactly what it is till it actually appears infront of you or you’re actually in it,” the actress replied.
“I just want to keep doing the work that I believe in and that you know I feel in my gut is something that is right for me to do at that point. I am not sure what that is, necessarily. I have some ideas, I have some project that I do wanna do,” she continued.
“Maybe I’ll even write something, or direct something one day, who knows,” the actress replied, hinting that she’s open to directing her own movies or even writing some.
Hera Hilmar comes from a family with a filmy background
Hilmar was born on December 27, 1988, in Reykjavík, Iceland, and is currently 33. She comes from a family of filmmakers and actors.
Hilmar is the daughter of director Hilmar Oddsson and actress Thorey Sigthorsdottir (órey Sigórsdóttir). Oddur Björnsson, a play writer and theater director, was her grandfather.
In 2011, she graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She has since achieved many career milestones.
In 2007, she was nominated for an Edda performance in The Quiet Storm. She received the Edda Award for Best Actress in 2015 for Vonarstraeti or Life in a Fishbowl and 2017 for Eiurinn or The Oath.
Hera Hilmar’s Journey into the World of ‘See’
The first season of See, a dystopian series that imagines a future where the sensation of sight has been virtually destroyed and those who can see are pursued as witches, concluded in 2019. Season 2 ended on October 15, 2021, and the third and final season began airing on August 26, 2022, with the season finale releasing on October 14, 2022.
The chance to work on the AppleTV+ series was both exciting and challenging for Icelandic actress Hilmar, who spoke with iHorror about her journey through the first season.
Hera Hilmar and Jason Momoa at the premiere of See season 3 (Photo: Whedonopolis)
“I remember reading the script first and being like very excited about what it was and how original it was in many ways,” Hilmar said.
“A lot of people had to take themselves out of their comfort zone, and when you do that collectively you create bonds in a way that you don’t when everyone just comes with their own stuff to set,” Hilmar explained.
“You allow yourself to be vulnerable with other people in that way. We created an ensemble to work together like that. I enjoyed working with all of them.”
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