Caroline Vedel – Actress
Caroline Vedel (17) became a national star when she appeared in The Other World, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Christmas calendar series, last Christmas. Her role in the series prompted dreams, thoughts of new projects and raised questions about what vanity really is. This spring she will be launching Bycairo, her own jewellery collection.
What are you doing at the moment?
I’m taking lessons from an extremely talented actor. She teaches me really just to be alive. This may sound pretty strange, but when you’re in front of a camera, you often forget the small things in your performance. I also work as a design assistant for By Malene Birger. It’s a fantastic job for someone like me because I’m given the opportunity to be creative as well as gain an insight into the fashion industry. I also go to a lot of castings. I have got a place at Skuespillerakademiet where I’ll be starting in February. I’ll be attending classes for the next six months. I dream of continuing my studies in London, New York or Los Angeles and doing musicals abroad as I also sing and dance.
Last Christmas you became a famous face overnight. What did that feel like?
We filmed the Christmas calendar series The Other World throughout the year when I was in year 9 at school. It was really cool and the busiest year imaginable and I had prepared myself for the fact that my life would go crazy when the show was broadcast. But when December arrived, a kind of calm arrived too. I’d already done what I had to do in advance so all I needed to do was enjoy it. But it was a magical time. I know how important the televised Danish Christmas calendars are to children. Christmas itself is a magical time and the Christmas calendars I watched as a child are things I will never forget.
What was it like seeing yourself on screen?
I was only 15 years old when we filmed The Other World and I remember that it was difficult to let go of my vanity. Seeing yourself on screen is a strange feeling, but you get used to it.
What role are you most proud of?
I am really proud of the film Overlove. It’s a beautiful film in which I play a girl suffering from anxiety and OCD. She’s afraid that she might kill her younger brother. It’s a sombre film, but highlighting how many young people there are out there with mental illnesses is so important. They need to know that it’s OK and that there are others out there like them.
What is your beauty routine?
There’s probably nothing more low maintenance than my routine. I wash my face every morning in cold water and use a face oil every other day. The best oil is Mirins Copenhagen’s Facial Moisturizer. They blend their oils themselves and it smells mild and seems more moisturising than greasy. But it gives my skin a lot of shine. Lip balm has to be by Tromborg. I use both the cream and the balm. The two work really well together because one provides moisture and the other grease. They’re great to put on top of each other when it’s cold. First moisture and then protection.
What about makeup?
I hardly use any makeup. If I’m extremely tired, I use a light brown bronzer by Chanel. It’s crazy what a moment with a powder brush can achieve. Very rarely, I use an old mascara which has almost dried up. It gives my lashes a bit of help, but without looking like I’m actually wearing any mascara. If I’m going out to a big party, I might dab some purple glitter on my eyelids. It looks cool when the face is all natural and just has a crazy colour on the lips or eyes.
What fragrance do you use?
Chloe is my favourite and I sometimes steal my mother’s Issey Miyake perfume. It smells of her.
How do you prefer to wear your nails?
They’re mostly short and well groomed. My favourite colour right now is an almost transparent nude. I only use nail colours by Chanel although I actually don’t think they’re very good. I think it’s because I already have so many that I just collect them without thinking. But the most durable nail varnish is by OPI.
What is your hair routine?
I normally have a lot of natural curl in my hair. But, unfortunately, I had it bleached about a year ago. The colour makes my hair so stiff that I no longer get any curl. So now I’m waiting to cut it all off as soon as my roots come far down over my ears. I wash my hair every other day in Moroccan Oil Shampoo and always use a conditioner. But the most important is a hair oil for the ends. The oil is by Normal and costs 28 kroner! The oil makes my hair less frizzy and softer and less all over the place. If I want more curl, I use a Curl Cream by Kevin Murphy and blow-dry it with a Softstyler by Babyliss.
What is coming up next?
I’m really looking forward to trying my hand at live theatre. We did theatre in the Christmas calendar series, but that was still for the camera so it doesn’t really count. And I’m looking forward to doing more films, maybe some musicals where I’ll be able to mix all the things I love doing. The priority for me right now is to learn new things. Otherwise I quickly feel like my life is standing still.
Text and photography Liv Winther for WASH YOUR FACE