The multi-talented Isabella and Rose-Maria
Meet the twin sisters who have a weekly schedule that would make most people break into a sweat. They prove that success is all down to hard work.
Where did you grow up?
We spent the first few years of our life in the Maldives because our father worked for the UN. We can’t remember much from that time – we were just too young. When we got home, we didn’t even know what socks were! We didn’t go to nursery so we watched a lot of Danish films on DVD. They were mostly Barbie films and anything that had ballet in it. We danced and were always dressing up. We have many funny photos of that. When we got back to Denmark, we were three years old. As soon as we got home, we started ballet classes.
What was your first real job?
We went for our first audition when we were eight years old. It was our ballet teacher who recommended that we and two other pupils should go along for the Billy Elliot auditions at Det Ny Teater. We both landed a role which was so cool. We don’t really like going to auditions. It’s even worse waiting for the result. We’re twins, but it’s not always certain that we can be used together. So we’re really competing against each other – and against our best friends. It’s hard. When we get a part, we’re incredibly happy, of course, but we also feel bad for the people who didn’t get anything. So it’s important to talk about it afterwards. Finding out whether the people who didn’t get the part are OK.
What are you doing at the moment?
Apart from studying in Year 7 at Zahle’s School in Copenhagen, we’re busy with lots of things. After Billy Elliot, we went for more auditions and landed more roles in the theatre and on television. When you’ve been given a part and show that you’re good and have a solid work ethic, new opportunities soon come along. We spent the first four weeks of our summer holiday shooting Klassen on Ultra. We spent the last two weeks of our summer holiday rehearsing for Annie Get Your Gun at Det Ny Teater. The show ran from September to December. In the autumn, we shot the Klassen Christmas calendar series. Doing theatre is cool, but also pretty hard. The performances only finish at about 11 pm so we always take our duvets, pyjamas and toothbrushes. That means we can sleep in the car on the way home. Another thing that we spend a lot of time doing is dubbing. We do the Danish voices for films and television series. It’s fun. You’re in there alone with a sound engineer, earphones, a microphone and two screens. One screen has the film on it and the other the script. It’s fun and we earn quite well from that. We still take ballet classes twice a week and on Saturdays we dance at Plan A, a school of dance set up by someone from the theatre. We also take harp lessons once a week and take private singing lessons from Louise Fribro.
What is your next project?
We’re actually taking a bit of a break at the moment. This is the first time since we were eight years old that we don’t have a play in the pipeline. We want to do more modelling. Modelling is fun, particularly because we are nearly always booked together. Doing something that only commits you for one day is good. You can really get into the job and focus on the photographer, but when you go home in the evening, the job is over. That’s great. We are, of course, also keeping an eye on new theatre auditions and television casting opportunities.
What is your skincare routine?
We probably started using skincare products slightly earlier than most other girls. We’ve worn theatre makeup since we were eight or nine years old and that takes a lot out of your skin. You need to use a good cleanser and a good moisturiser. We mostly use cream at night. We use Nilens Jord and Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Honeydrops Body Cream and Ekstra Plejende Dagcreme by Matas. For lips and dry knees, it’s Decubals Lips & Dry Spots Balm, Lip Cure by Tromborg and 8 Hour Cream.
Do you use makeup every day?
No, not at all. We’ve used mascara a couple of times at parties and ballet performances. But it’s not something we like to do yet on a day-to-day basis.
How do you care for your long hair?
We’ve bought a special rounded brush with wild boar bristles from a nice hairdresser at the theatre. It’s really good for brushing out your hair, but it’s still soft. We have our hair backcombed and brushed so much that a good shampoo and softening conditioner are essential. Franck Provost does the best conditioner and Argan Oil is a really good shampoo. But hair oil on the ends is really the most important thing. Our mother cuts our hair at home in the bathroom and we often steal a couple of drops of her hair oil – Luxe Hair Oil – for our ends.
Who makes the best deodorant?
Sanex is probably the most effective when you dance as often as we do. Isabella prefers a spray whereas Rose-Maria prefers the roll-on version.
Do you use perfume?
We both use Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Scent. It’s mild and fresh. We also steal our mother’s Clean perfume. That’s also really good.
Do you use nail varnish?
Not very often because when we’re performing in the theatre, we’re not allowed to wear nail varnish. But we have used Seacret nail care products to polish our nails. It makes nails shiny without the need for varnish.
What are your dreams for the future?
ROSE-MARIA: Right now, I want to do more modelling and, of course, theatre which I love. We want to pursue our dream of becoming actors in musical theatre. But I also see other paths in life. Writer maybe. I love school.
ISABELLA: I really just want to be happy when I grow up. And we both dream of becoming actors and moving to New York with a mutual friend of ours to study dance and theatre at Juilliard.
Tekst & fotografi Liv Winther for WASH YOUR FACE