Charlot Daysh




Charlot Daysh is an award-winning actor to watch. Her first big break came when she was cast in a recurring role in Scandinavia’s longest-running soap opera Hotel Caesar. Six years ago, she made the bold decision to pursue her acting aspirations internationally, settling in Toronto. What began as a temporary move quickly evolved into a permanent fixture in her life, as she found success and fulfillment in the city’s vibrant arts scene. Coming up next, Charlot will be starring in her biggest role yet in the new thriller film Cry of Silence making its premiere on Prime Video/Hollywood Suite on May 1st. Charlot also recently starred in the drama feature Finding Odera which screened at the 2023 Africa International Film Festival.

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When did you start to get interested in acting? 
From a very early age, I felt a strong pull towards music and acting. At 4.5 years old, after watching a musical with my grandmother, I was completely captivated and a passion was ignited within me. Without hesitation, I ran to the stage, eager to get my poster signed and to ask to perform with the cast. Despite the audition age limit being six, my determination must have caught their attention, because the theatre company graciously agreed to let me audition. I landed a role, and from that moment on, I immersed myself in the world of musical theatre, performing with the same theatre company every year for almost a decade. Later, Films such as ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Matilda,’ ‘ET,’ and ‘Annie’ also served as early inspirations, fueling my desire to create and perform. 
If you were an advertisement, what would your slogan be? 
Spread kindness like confetti. 
Which is the part you enjoy the most about acting? 
I find the most joy in acting through its ability to immerse me in the complexities of human psychology, which has always fascinated me. Portraying different characters allows me to delve deeply into their experiences. When I’m acting, I feel intensely present, as if everything else fades away and it’s just me and the imagined reality of the character. It feels almost like a form of play, where I can fully explore different facets of life. I also just love being on set, it’s exhilarating. The collaborative energy of a team coming together to create art is incredibly fulfilling. I love seeing how all the elements of a production work together to bring a story to life. Also knowing that my performance could impact an audience, whether by offering them an escape from reality, a moment of laughter, inspiration or empowerment, is truly rewarding. I believe that watching a film and connecting with a character can be a transformative experience, and I hope I can be a part of that process for someone. 
Most artists say that through their art they learn more about themselves, heal. In which aspects has your art helped you? 
Since I started theatre at such an early age, it has played a monumental role in shaping who I am today. Augusto Boal’s concept of “Theatre as a rehearsal for life” deeply resonates with me. Theatre is often seen as a mirror of society, reflecting its complexities, conflicts, and nuances. I learned a lot from engaging with different characters and narratives that explore the human experience, it ultimately helped me make sense of and better navigate the world. 
One important aspect is the importance of preparation and follow-through. In theatre, you only get one chance to make it right, and you have to follow through every time, and you have to prepare thoroughly in order to do so. I love the saying “The show must go on,” not just for performing but in life. No matter what, on and off stage, the show must go on. Performing has also made me confident and comfortable in front of people and taught me how to deal with nerves. To be a good actor you also have to be present and a good listener, which is something I always aim to be off stage too. 
Another key aspect of acting is its ability to foster empathy. To deeply connect with your character, you must never judge them, because to them, their actions are always justifiable. This empathy extends to being more understanding and compassionate with myself and others too. The industry’s inherent rejection has taught me not to take things too personally, and the importance of fostering self-love and resilience. It has also helped develop my collaboration and team-building skills, as that is such a big part of theatre and filmmaking. There have been many other ways that performing has helped me too, it has been and continues to be a profound tool for self-reflection, growth, and healing. 
What does your art mean to you? 
It means so much to me. My art is not just a career or a passion; it’s a way of life. Acting allows me to explore the depths of human emotion and experience. It allows me to play, to create, and to express myself. I am so grateful that I get to do what I love, and I cherish every moment I get to step onto the stage or in front of the camera and bring a character to life. 
Who are your idols? 
Norwegian actors like Liv Ullmann, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Renate Reinsve, and Kristofer Hivju who have made a mark internationally, really inspire me. Margot Robbie is also a source of inspiration to me. I admire her versatility as both an actor and a producer. I love how she takes charge of her career and creates opportunities for herself. Kate Winslet is another talented powerhouse, with such a strong drive and work ethic. And Meryl Streep, her dedication to her craft, her work ethic, and the way she can just become any character with such authenticity—those are qualities I really look up to. Julie Andrews is someone who holds a special place in my heart for the impact she had on me as a child with all her incredible performances. 
If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing? 
I would work within health and wellness, perhaps as a naturopathic doctor. 
Do you consider that nowadays there are more or less opportunities for new actors? Why? 
I think that there has been an increase in opportunities for new actors, largely because of the expansion of the entertainment industry. The rise of streaming services has created a growing demand for content. Digital platforms and social media have made it easier for actors to showcase their talent and connect with industry professionals. And with the advancements in technology, particularly the quality of smartphone cameras, you can now create high-quality content with your phone. Additionally, there are more opportunities to rent professional equipment and more organizations and grants are available to support independent creators. I think that these advancements have democratized content creation in a sense, allowing more people to pursue their passion for acting and filmmaking and contributing to the growing number of opportunities in the industry. So overall, I do believe that there are more opportunities for new actors today, but since more people then might try to pursue it, that also means more competition. 
What would your idyllic life as an artist be like? 
Being involved in projects that have a meaningful impact, and portray diverse and challenging characters that resonate with and inspire audiences. It is one where I am constantly growing and evolving as an artist, making a positive impact through my work, and inspiring others to pursue their dreams. And collaborating with other dedicated industry professionals to create memorable and impactful productions. 
Tell us about your upcoming projects 
My latest film, the thriller Cry of Silence will be available on Prime Video/Hollywood Suite on May 1st. I’m also involved in a few exciting projects including: “Trickle and Flow,” a crime drama series, and “Noose,” a period-piece drama series that are currently in development. Additionally, I’m working on developing two of my own projects—a feature film and a short film.


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