Interview with Krista Kosonen
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Interview with Krista Kosonen (Protagonist)
How did you prepare for the role of Saara? Did you meet social workers or visit an institution to get the feel of it?
I interviewed social workers at the local health station with my co-actress, Laura Malmivaara. These meetings played a very important role in building Saara’s character. It was interesting to have an opportunity to ask and to hear about the concrete work of a social worker. Naturally, we also discussed the role with the director Lauri Nurkse. With him I went through Saara’s needs, goals and high temper.
How would you describe Saara’s personality?
Saara is very determined. She knows what she wants in her life. She is also very impulsive and strong-minded but at the same time very vulnerable. It’s easy to identify with Saara with all her problems.
Saara's marriage is at stake in this season. Is there a way she can solve the situation?
Solving the problem doesn’t seem likely. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but maybe Saara will end up together with the father of her child.
The series will air across the world. Do you think Second Chance somehow portrays the average family in Finland and its customs?
In Finland divorces are very common, so maybe you can say that that’s typical. Finland is a modern country where women have the freedom to choose what they want in life. There’s not anymore only one family model. For example, many single women want to have a child by themselves and others don’t want to have children at all. I think that the series represents the richness of family models.
Every episode offers a life lesson on different aspects, but what do you think is the biggest lesson of the whole series?
The biggest lesson of the whole series is that nobody is perfect. We are all just human and we all make mistakes. I think that the popularity of the whole series is based on its humanity.
Did you expect the Best Actress Award at Kultainen Venla? How surprising was it for you?
I didn’t expect it at all. Awards are always positive surprises and a kind of bonus for all the hard work.
In your words, why should people from countries like Peru, Bolivia, Ghana or Serbia watch Second Chance?
People from different countries should watch Second Chance because it’s a good drama that gives something to think about. Because the happenings take place in faraway Finland, the series gives a perspective on everyday life. Also, the differences between social work and social care are definitely interesting. I’m very proud of the series.
What makes the series so gripping to watch?
The series deals with a theme that hasn’t been dealt with that much in film or television. Childlessness and problems inside families are touching themes. Nobody in the series is perfect or successful. All the characters are making mistakes. That’s the reason why it’s so easy to identify with them and that’s what makes the series so gripping to watch.
What do you expect to happen to Saara in season two?
I don’t know anything about the second season. I hope that Saara and Matti would build up a family and maybe even get more children. But because it’s drama, I think there also will be problems with Saara’s moody mind and maternity.
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