Hi! I'm Hilde Skappel.
I grew up on a farm in the suburb of Oslo in Norway, with a horse, a golden retriever and four rabbits to keep me company and plenty of outdoor space to explore. Ballet was my passion from the age of 4, choir and singing from the age of 8 and acting - well since the day I could walk, put on a skirt and perform a show for my parents trying to watch the news in the living room. I love languages, communication and storytelling, and have a profound interest in the correlation between science, neurology and spirituality, as well as politics, history, personal growth and psychology.
After studying Musical Theatre at The Baardar Academy in Oslo and being part of the professional productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and When Midnight Strikes in Oslo, I moved to New York to study acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where I was lucky enough to work with director Sarna Lapine (Sunday in a Park With George on Broadway 2017), and participating in a workshop with Vincent D'Onofrio.
Since graduating five years ago I have worked on numerous theatre and independent film projects, such as Cork Man, winner of Best Thriller at ASFF - Aesthetica Short Film Festival, London. In 2013, I was awarded the American Scandinavian Society's Cultural Grant for outstanding achievements in my field and dedication to the Scandinavian Culture.
I have translated several Musicals into Norwegian for productions in Norway, such as Spelling Bee, Parade, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, When Midnight Strikes and Grand Hotel, and am currently working on new original Musical Theatre pieces in collaboration with composer Christian Stahr.
I am consistently pursuing a career in Film/TV and Theatre and work on an ongoing basis with acting coach David Vadim (Vinyl, Law and Order, G.I. Jane, Allegiance, The Americans, Madam Secretary). I love horseback riding, skiing, hiking, Martial Arts (especially Muay Thai), dance ballet, jazz, Musical Theatre and contemporary, and sing (soprano) jazz, Musical Theatre, pop/rock and classical repertoire.
Some of the many professionals in the industry I deeply respect and admire are Pasek & Paul, Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Bernadette Peters, Julie Andrews, Kelli O'Hara, Jessie Mueller, Sara Bareilles, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Rooney Mara, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joachim Trier, Liv Ullmann and of course the legendary Ingrid Bergman.
Currently, my absolute favorite TV-show is WestWorld on HBO. The script. The concept. The depth and layered messages. The craft. The incredibly interesting questions on consciousness. Impeccable standards.
I strive to make my craft as authentic, relatable and honest as possible and thoroughly thrive in the process of constantly exploring, learning, creating, and expressing what it is like to be a living human being.
Here's a role breakdown I find relates to my ingredients.
Lorna, Golden Boy (Clifford Odets): Whip smart, attractive, tough, seductive, cynical and frank; she is able to handle any circumstance and any man; her tough exterior is born of necessity more than choice, and beneath all that armor is a vulnerable woman with a hungry heart who’s searching for her own happily ever after, even though she ultimately feels undeserving of it.