Noomi Rapace already became a worldwide star after starring in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy and though the actress is poised to steal American audiences with "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "Prometheus," she says she's only in it for the love of acting.
"I love being an actress, I think that's everything," Rapace told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the Hollywood premiere of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." "I don't really care about anything else -- money and being a celebrity and all that, for me, it's the acting and in there, it's total freedom. I love that."
The first "Sherlock Holmes" film, director's Guy Ritchie on-screen adaptation to a hit mystery novel franchise, introduced the main characters detective Sherlock Holmes, played by Downey Jr., and his sidekick Dr. John Watson, portrayed by Jude Law. The sequel sees them investigating the death of the Crown Prince of Austria and is set for release on December 16.
In "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," Holmes teams up with a Gypsy fortune teller named Sim, played by Rapace. The detective and Watson travel the world to try and stop the evil Professor James Moriarty, played by Jared Harris of "Mad Men" fame. Rachel McAdams reprises her role as Holmes' love interest, Irene Adler.
"I was a bit nervous, coming in as the new student, kind of, 'Hey, can I join you?' But Robert and Jude and Guy were just incredible -- they grabbed me and hugged me and brought me in and supported me," Rapace recalled. "I felt like I became one of the boys [by the] first day. It was super fun."
"They were very playful and they were all very passionate about the work, so we were constantly trying to improve things and it was really intimate," Rapace continued. "We had lunch in Robert's trailer every day, squeezed together around the very small table."
Rapace starred in the 2009 Swedish movie "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," as well as its sequels, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."
She is next slated to appear in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" opposite Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. The film, which will be related to Scott's 1979 film "Alien," is slated for release on June 8, 2012.
"Ridley Scott is one of my heroes since as long as I can remember," Rapace told the Associated Press in a recent interview. "I kind of actually think that he saved me sometimes because I always felt like an outsider in Sweden. I didn't feel Swedish. I always felt like something is different with me. The Swedish people are quite repressed, and they hold back a lot of things. It's like people are really afraid of conflicts and emotions, and nobody really says anything straight to you... So in a weird way I always felt that I was going to leave kind of what I came from. But I could never imagine I was going to end up with these people and doing movies with the best people in the world."
The 31-year-old Swedish actress is also slated to appear opposite Colin Farrell in the 2013 crime thriller, "Dead Man Down."
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is slated for release on December 16. Watch a trailer below.