Proactive Actor Oliver Fredin Not Waiting around for his Break

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“Lights, camera, action” — Oliver Fredin ready for his close-up
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Actor Oliver Fredin styling in his “Clark Kent” outfit

Hurry Up. And. Wait.

That’s the operative word for Hollywood actors. From big budget to independent sets. From A-list actors to aspiring thespians. From waiting for the word “action” to waiting and then waiting some more for the call-back after a hopeful audition.

Taking the initiative, actor Oliver Fredin decided not to wait but to go proactive.

While attending the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, he quickly performed on his first student film, then after school he hustled to work on mixed projects, short films, television and commercials. But, having already attended musical school for ten years and doing a lot of singing and drama/theater, he felt he had to up his game, explaining:

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Fredin: A pause before the battle

Growing up in Helsingborg, Sweden, Fredin remembers being enthralled by the big-budget movie adaptations of author Tolkien’s high-fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. Now he enthuses about one awesome project he’s presently involved in:

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A brand new type of superhero is coming our way

Fredin says he’s stoked about playing the role of “Cyber” because the plan is to shoot a series of films featuring this unique superhero. The director is already working on a sequel and the production for this sequel is planned to start in July 2020.

In fact, if things go according to plan, Fredin may kick off an action career similar to fellow Swede Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago in the Rocky franchise, Gunner Jensen in The Expendables franchise and He-Man in Masters of the Universe). He quips: “I’ll be very happy if Cyber launches an action career for me.”

As a child, Fredin loved to perform in front of his family then in class and on stage, so he feels comfortable in the spotlight. And he welcomes the productions that his proactive strategy is bringing to him:

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The man behind the beard

And, there’s more. Remember the epic 2004 historical adventure movie, Troy, with Brad Pitt as Achilles and a host of A-list actors playing warriors? The BAFTA and Gemini-award winning character actor Brian Cox played Agamemnon, a king who commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War. Well, last summer, Fredin began development work on a concept feature film called Young Gods that deals with the same time period as big budget Troy. He explains:

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Oliver Fredin making tracks to his next gig

Fredin’s management company Area Zone recently hosted the HAPAwards, inviting the actor to present an award himself. And, to date, Fredin has worked on a variety of movies including Dive, Purple Lights, Burglar, The New Girlfriend, Fix You, Triangle Love, Golden Era Project #15, The Gift, and Heir, as well as appearing in the stage production of Infinite Black Suitcase, among others.

Here’s to Oliver Fredin, and to all of us who won’t just wait around because as Tolkien once wrote, “It is not the strength of the body, but the strength of the spirit,” that really counts.

Drop in on Oliver Fredin’s website, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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